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Quantity covers the operational use of the plane by means of the united states army. This e-book covers the historical past of the squadrons, the certain squadrons, and the boys that flew the Whales.

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USN) 48 Above, seen at NAS Miramar, BuNo 147648 was one of the first boat-tail modified A3D-2s while assigned to Det Lima CVG-21 on 25 June 1960. (William Swisher) At right, VAH-4 A3D-2 BuNo 144627 being refueled at Adak Island on 27 October 1959 during the recordsetting pioneering flight for a North Pacific flight path from Whidbey to Japan . The crew were; CDR John Emanski, LCDR Charley BOldt, LT JG Gary Caron, and CPO Vince O'Brien. (USN) these cruises were from 2 February through 20 August 1962 and from 7 August through 16 December 1963.

The "Vigi's" new primary mission was to be that of photographic reconnaissance. The redesigned aircraft became the RA-5C, and in preparati on for this new aircraft, the squadron received one A-5B and four A-5C interim aircraft in June 1963. These aircraft were similar in structure to the RA-5C and were used for transitional training of A-5A crews into the RA5C. By the time the first RA-5C was received on 10 December 1963, the Above, VAH-3 A3D-1 BuNo 135442 in flight during the squadron's cru ise aboard the USS F.

The squadron was slated to equip the large CVBs with AJ-1 Savages, but VC-5 developed the Lockheed Neptune into an interim carrier-based nuclear bombE~r. Twelve P2V-3Cs were utilized until the AJ-1 s were received. The first Savage was received in September 1949 and six were in use by December. While equipped with AJ-2 Savages and stationed at NAS Sanford, FL, VC-5 was redesignated Heavy Attack Squadron Five (V AH-5) on 1 November 1956. The A3D-2 was received in 1957 and the AJ-2 Savages were retired in July.

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