Make a tax deductable donation to the "Save a Whale" project for the Whidbey A-3 Memorial project.
CLICK HERE to download a donation form.

May 2017

Nov. 2016

The engraved black granite monuments have been brought to
the site and put in place except for final epoxy bonding.

Note also that the perimeter sidewalk is down and it won't be long
before it is all finalized. 

Aug. 22, 2016
Hoisted and mounted for display

Video of the last ATM run
(There was a small hydraulic leak, but....)

Aug. 15, 2016 Progress

Towing into position on the mounting pad in preparation for craning next week. At that time it will be mounted in its final display configuration depicting an arrested landing on a carrier deck. Thank you Joe Hawkins for the photos.

Nov. 2015 Progress
Concrete being poured. Looks like a good place to park a Whale!

New location and memorial design.

Photos of the move from the base to the memorial site are below.
Kindly provided and taken by Joe Hawkins
Sept. 29, 2015


down Ault Field Rd.

running a red light

Jeff Hanson riding brakes

Easing down the hill on Langley Blvd. towards the gate.

parked awaiting site preparation

The move crew.


144825 as it appears after restoration completion.

Port side decked out in honor VAH-123 "Pros"

Starboard side decked out in honor of VAH-10 "Vikings" 


9/10/15 update: This site has been abandoned for the memorial.
Due to the cost of cleanup and further delays, a new site was offered
and accepted by the memorial committee as shown above.

Underground Storage Tank removal. 26 March 2013



April 29, 2011
She arrives at NAS Whidbey from Van Nuys
and is turned over from Raytheon to the Whidbey Memorial 

March 2012 update

In anticipation of the VQ-2 deactivation ceremony, the A-3 is being used as a Skywarrior representative of that era of their proud history. The ceremony is set for:
17 May 2012
1000 hrs.
Hanger 6, NAS Whidbey Island

September 1, 2011
Just a heads up for those following the Whidbey Whale project.
We received the RA "bullnose" radome and the bomber "duckbutt" tail from Raytheon via Mike Glenn last week.

Today we had a meeting with NAS, the Whidbey Skywarrior project board and assorted civilian and military volunteers.

The meeting was productive, AM2 Fielding of VQ-2 volunteered to be the lead of the restoration project.

We hashed out the plan of attack, strip the bomber tail and fix the damage done when it was removed from the A-3 at Van Nuys, repaint the RA nose radome from the low viz tactical gray to the gloss gray of the current paint job and install it, remove the conduit run fairing on the right side and remove the wing pylons.

In addition the plane was pressure defueled today, next up will be pencil draining the low points and possibly disconnecting and draining the engine fuel lines.

We would like to thank Raytheon, Ken Ballard of NAVAIR, Helen Watson of the Navy museum in Pensacola, the CO of NAS Whidbey, Captain Jay Johnston, the NASWI air field Manager Bill McMillon, Lt Tom Amano of the NASWI Air Terminal and Doss Aviation for their help in this project.

Send your thoughts or send money. ;-)
Joe Hawkins

Jan 2011 update
Below are links to the Whidbey Times and some stories covering events up to the latest develpments.
The A-3 Skywarrior Association is now approved and can be selected by both current and retired Boeing Employees from their Gift Matching Funds Program.  If you or any other of the Museums have Boeing Employees in their membership, feel free to have them contact me and I will walk them through the procedures to claim any donations for 2010.  They only have until 31 January to get the paperwork completed online.
Contact Bill Burklow at  bburklow@ix.netcom.com  for further information
Ault Field at NAS Whidbey
The yellow push pin indicates the location of the static display
shown below as depicted in an artist rendering.
The Whidbey Island A-3 Memorial project has designated NRA-3B 144825 as their 1st choice. This release is expected from Raytheon sometime around May 2010.
An artist rendition of the proposed display
Street view heading west on Ault Field Rd. at Langley Blvd.
intersection. Our interpretation of how the display might look.
More site photographs

Looking north at the display location lot. 
Looking east from the CPO parking lot.
Green grassy area is the display site.
Bill Conley, Larry Irvin, Bill Burklow, Whidbey News Times photographer
Ralph Estes looking for rocks
 Bill Burklow and Larry Irvin
 First side up
 Bill Burklow and Ralph Estes
Larry Irvin, Bill Burklow, and Bill Conley
 Future display site