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Med cruise in 69-70 on Saratoga and West package on Ranger with RVAH-1 5 Replies

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Comment by John T. Cowan on April 24, 2020 at 3:32pm

Greetings, Airdales of RVAH-1 from a 'Swabby', USS Ranger, CVA-61, WestPac, 1970-1971 and '72-'73.

Please forgive me for a bad memory. The RA-5C has been my favorite aircraft. I believe I was the only set of eyes, that I know of, that saw the ultimate fate of two of your brave pilots, when LtCdr Ross Renner and Lt. Max Joseph, (RA-5C, 156629), dropped off of the angle deck during flight trials off SoCal on Sept 27, 1970. I was on the port forward sponson observing recovery when the Viggies tail hook separated from the bird and the turbines flamed out and it dropped off the deck down toward me on the sponson. I hit the deck and watched it enter the water with canopies closed. The bird came back up and the canopies, seats and pilots were gone. I was in shock when everyone came running to the port side.

I just received Ranger's deck logs for that incident and finally brings some closure for me as to the pilots involved. Not knowing all these years has made for less than satisfying prayers for family and friends, but, I know that God knows.

If any of these men's squadronmates remember, please chat with me. I would like a set of dog tags for these brave souls. Blessings to family, friends and and all who knew them.

Comment by Michael J. Hampton on April 10, 2019 at 12:44pm

The 2019 reunion of the Smokin' Tigers is drawing near. We are holding a 40th year reunion of the decommissioning of RVAH-1 back in Key West. We are all going to start gathering in Key West on May 1st and 2nd with a picnic on the Truman Annex on Saturday May 4th behind the old EM club on the covered patio.
If you retired from the military and were in the squadron at anytime come and join us, just be sure to bring your military ID. If you were a member of the squadron at anytime and don’t have a military ID and would like to join us please contact me as soon as possible because for you to get base access the Navy will have to do a background check before you will be allowed on the base. We have set a April 15th cut off date for this due to having to get the info to the NAVY in time for them to do the check.
If you can’t make it and want to see who all came and some of the things we did be sure to check out the RVAH-1 Smokin’ Tigers Facebook page.
Key West bound one more time!

Comment by Michael J. Hampton on March 11, 2018 at 9:27pm

I received this message tonight and thought I would pass it along for those of you who know George Breeze. 

Hello, my name is Betty......I am George Breeze's sister. I am sending this letter out to all of you who have known my brother either through the military, business, or just friendship. George and Linda are experiencing a difficult time right now and could use some help.
Their daughter, Heather, has set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to alleviate part of their troubles. Following is a copy of the post that Heather placed on FaceBook:
Friends & Family; as most of you know my Mom (Linda Breeze), had a liver transplant late last summer. It's been a rough road to recovery for her. Countless anti-rejection medications, Multiple trips per week to St Louis for follow-ups, endless lab visits and a few week-long stays in the hospital due to side effects of medication and so forth. Due to severe weight loss (down to 115lbs since August of 2017) She is currently on on a feeding tube at home.
I am asking you all for help today. As the medical bills continue to mount and the doctor appointments in St Louis are never ending.....paying the bills on time & in full is quickly starting to become a burden for them.
My parents have always given so much to the community throughout their lives. I would love to do whatever I can to help ease some of their burdens. I have set up a GoFundMe Page for them today https://www.gofundme.com/lindajbreeze If you can help and but would prefer to send money directly to George, his address is:
*George Breeze 2045 E Pullman Road Scheller IL 62883
On behalf of my family; Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers and support!

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on October 12, 2016 at 12:25pm

Maybe this one?

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on October 12, 2016 at 11:46am

Ron Murphy asked: "
Does anyone have a good color photo of a heavy 1 AC in flight? I had a beautiful one but it has faded after 40+ years. I am getting a mural graphic made for the rear window of my SUV,"

Question: What is the minimum resolution that you need? I found this photo on the internet but I don't know if it meets the minimum resolution requirement:

Comment by Brian E DeGroff on June 14, 2015 at 5:27pm

I was in Photo line from Sept '67 till Nov '68. Was on the Big "E". Made the move from Sanford to Albany.

Comment by Marion H Rankin on May 31, 2015 at 11:32pm

Was in VAH-9, see my comments there.

Comment by Thomas James MacFarlane on May 26, 2015 at 10:00am

Joined Tigers in 75 as PECM Tech. Made Enterprise Cruise and transferred out in 77. Did tours at NADC Warminster, VP-6, VPU-1, CTW-5, VS-31 and retired while AV/Arm Division Chief at NAS Key West AIMD. Worked for Loral Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and Levy County, Florida. Currently Senior Engineer at Baker's Electronics & Communications in Lake City, Florida doing public safety communications systems.

Comment by David M. Brooks on January 15, 2015 at 10:03am

Heavy 1 was my first duty station in Albany Ga. 1972-1976 we moved to Key West during the 1974 Med cruise on USS America.

Comment by Gus Villarini on December 5, 2014 at 11:03pm
My 1st duty Station In Albany, made USS Ranger WesPac in 70 & Uss Saratogas only WesPac in 72. Went back the Heavy One @ Key West , made Wespac on the Enterprise in 76. We decom in 79. Retired in 93.

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