PHOTOS FROM OUR SHIPMATES

 
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If you have pictures you would like to share on our website, please contact Joe Phillips at joe@therafl.com or Bob Marioni at bob@bobmarioni.com

 

We received these pictures from Joe Brouthers. They are of NAS Albany from 1972-1974.
   

We received these pictures from Joe Brouthers. They are of NAS Albany from July 2010.
   

We received these pictures from Russ Burkhard of RHAH-3 from 1975 and 1978.
   

We received this picture from Judith McConnel. The following is Judiths description: It was the scariest day of my military life. At midmorning, my shop Chief ordered me to go home and put on my dress uniform because I had to go to a Captain's Mast. I had no idea what it was about. I stood at parade rest outside the Captain's office, shaking in my shoes, until I was called in. When the charges were read, I was accused of impersonating a sailor. The whole charade was in celebration of the Wave's birthday. My squadron Commander, RVAH-3, was not aware that he had a women under his command until the letter came from higher up to congratulate the Wave's on their birthday. He was so impressed that I was inconspicuous that he wanted to make it special.
   

We received these pictures from Roger Folland of RVAH-1s last deployment onboard the Enterprise in '78. The Viggie on the CAT in burner is the last Viggie to leave the Enterprise.
   

We received these pictures from Ted Bronson, depicting the progress of the Navy Cold War Gallery at the Navy Yard at Washington DC, under the management of the Naval Historical Foundation; ADM Holloway, ADM Demars and VADM Dunn.
   
This write-up was done by Brad Jones for the USS Forrestal Association newsletter about RVAH-11's and USS Forrestal's events at the Navy Yard and elsewhere in Washington, D.C. on 1 August 2009.
   

We received these pictures from Ken Carlton taken during RVAH-1s last cruise on Enterprise in 1978, "The Last Smoke".
   

We received these pictures from Robert Geopfarth. "I flew in Heavy 9 in the med in the 70's.  We were the first to deploy on Nimitz.  I was the 1st centurion."
   

We received these pictures from Chuck Hoskin. "Squadron pictures of RVAH-6 taken during the 1974 Med Cruise on the USS Forestall." Also, I scanned the RVAH-6 pages of our cruise book. This was the Med Cruise on the USS Forrestal March-September, 1974.
   

We received these pictures from Dennis Lieburn. "I believe the 2 fly-by pics are from an air show in Albany, the night pic is aboard USS Forrestal during an ORI cruise in late 1969, around Gitmo."
   

We received these pictures from Ron Fritz: "The RA5C up close and personal was not from Heavy 14 and I'm not sure where I got it from. The RA5C coming aboard was a Heavy 14 on the JFK in 1971. The write up on Heavy 14 coming home was in the NAS Albany newspaper. The E6 party was in Palma. Palma quickly became our favorite in port. The RA5C overhead was taken during the overhead break...... "
   
We received this slideshow from Rod Anderson of RECONNAISSANCE ATTACK SQUADRON TWELVE, USS Forrestal, Sixth Fleet Cruise, 1968-1969.
   
We received this slideshow from Rod Anderson of RECONNAISSANCE ATTACK SQUADRON TWELVE, USS Constellation, Seventh Fleet Cruise, 1967.
   

We received these pictures from Robert Flynn while he was assigned to RVAH 7 from 1966 to 1969.
   

We received these pictures from Joe Brouthers. They are from the cruise aboard USS KENNEDY, 1978.
   

We received these pictures from Joe Brouthers. They are from the cruise aboard USS ENTERPRISE, 76-77.
   

We received these pictures from Joe Brouthers. They are from the RVAH-6 WESTPAC cruise aboard USS ENTERPRISE, 1969.
   

We received this picture from Alvis Didway. The Boys from 1977.
   

These are a few great aircraft pictures we received from George Shattuck.
   

We received these pictures from Larry Sawyer. One is from RVAH-6, 1965 onboard USS CONSTELLATION and the other is from RVAH-7, 1964.
   

We received these pictures from Tim Canady of the 2002 RVAH-12 Reunion in Pensacola.
   

These are some photos that CDR Chute sent to Tim Canady of the Commissioning Ceremony for RVAH-12. Also, there is one of the first RA5Cs, if not the first. Next there is LCDR Alex Kirby after the first West Pac Cruise. And finally, there is the first newsletter of RVAH-12, and the last is the first anniversary newsletter.
   
This is a great slideshow of the Sanford Memorial Park, put together by Joseph McClellan. Its very nicely done with beautiful music playing in the background. Thank you for sharing Joe!
   
We received these pictures from John Seidelman. They are from the VAH-4 USS KITTY HAWK Cruise 65-66. The A3 (MODEX 3) is the one bird shot down a month after John came back to the states. Aircrew was Glasson, Jordon, Pugh, and the 4th man was Ruben Harris who sent to Subic to repair the plane.
   
We received these pictures from John Seidelman. They are from the cruise book from the USS KITTY HAWK Cruise 65-66 when John was with VAH 4 and RVAH 13 was on board with them.
   
We received these pictures from Al Kalis. They were taken by members of RVAH-11 during their MED cruise on the USS INDEPENDENCE during the Fall of 1970.
   
We received these pictures from Steve Hyatt. They are from the 1969 RVAH-6 USS ENTERPRISE cruise and documented aircraft 602's flight that made it the first RA5C to reach 2000 flight hours.
   
These are some great Vigi and crew pictures from Gary Spangler we received with the help from Mike Mercer.
   
These are some very interesting combat pictures from Gary Spangler we received with the help from Mike Mercer.
   
We received these pictures from Jeff Robertson. Jeff's description of the pictures; It is the only photo I have ever seen that has VAH A3s, along with one squadron of RA5Cs and two squadrons of A5As. The photo comes from Sanford. Near as I can tell, the lead squadron of A3s belongs to VAH 9. I cannot identify the tails of the RA5Cs or the A5As, but the RA5Cs are carrying drop tanks, and the canoe is fairly visible. Thought this might be of interest to you guys. And there was one RA5C that was fitted with gear that would have made it look like an EA5C, but I'm not sure what the equipment was for. It ran through what would have been the photo module, and was at NAS Albany in the fall of 1972. It sat in RVAH 9's hanger for three days, and nobody was talking about what it was. It had a dome with lenses on the top of the airframe, and something similar on the bottom. I believe that its BUNO was either 156643, or 156644.
   
These are a few great aircraft pictures we received from Doug Coleman.
   
These are some pictures we received from Mike Mercer for all the Smokin Tigers' history buffs. These pictures are mostly of CDR Charles A. Dunn, Commanding Officer, VAH-1, April 1961. Under CDR Dunn's command, the squadron participated in project LANA, The Bendix Trophy world speed record, providing tanking support for the F4H Phantom. All of the photos are dated from 1960 thru 1963 at NAS Sanford and from the USS INDEPENDENCE Cruise during 1962. Some are of the change of command, reenlisting Sailors and the patches are some of CDR Dunn's personal collection.
   
We received these 44 pictures from George Klett. They are a mixture of the A5A (A3J) Vigilante from the North American Aviation INC, Public Relations Department and U.S. Navy photographs. Also, there are a few of the RA5C during testing at Patuxent River, MD. (circa 1960, the beginning).
   
We received these 16 pictures from Jimmy Hodges. The following is Jimmy's description of the pictures; These are pictures of the plane with RVAH-3 markings being launched at Key West, arriving in Pensacola fully up, being stripped (made me want to cry stripping a full-up Vigi). Then being towed down the main drag (running off the road and sinking to the axle), people trying to fold the wings AFTER we stripped out the hardware (had to beat the locks out with a hammer and then tie the wings to each other with rope). Then recruiting the Photo Mate students to help push the Beast up over the curb and onto the concrete pads laid down on the lawn. Great evolution! I also have a good picture of the crew together after they finished. (circa 1979, the end).
   
These are a few pictures and the RVAH-3 decommissioning program we received from Cyndi (King) Williams. We chose to default to the album main view instead of the slideshow because of the view ability of the decommissioning program's images. If you click on "Full Screen" you can read the text on the decommissioning program's images.
   
These are just a few from Joe Phillips' personal collection. The picture of the dawn launch off the USS NIMITZ is from the 1977-78 MED cruise. That picture made it into the book of The History of Naval Aviation.
   
These are pictures of the very first RVAHNAVY reunion event held in 2007 at the Southernmost Resort in Key West!
   
RVAH-12 Reunion 2005 was held in Key West until Hurricane Dennis politely asked us to relocate. Due to quick thinking and hard work by Steve "Bowie" Speers and Robert "dockrammer" Wagner we were able to relocate to Hollywood Fl. The Hollywood American Legion was extremely helpful in allowing us to hold our banquet there. This was all arranged in 1 day!!!!

 

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