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Mobile Maintenance Facility At NAS Rota, Spain in 1971 16 Replies

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Comment by Terence R Maddy on March 14, 2011 at 8:09pm
I was in Rota on a temporary detachment in 1970.I got out in April of 71.
Comment by Jeffery James Robertson on March 14, 2011 at 3:58pm
Terry, were you with the squadron for the Rota deployments in '71 and '72...I sort of remember you...but can't tell from which shop.  And a big HHMF as well!
Comment by Terence R Maddy on March 14, 2011 at 2:05pm
Comment by John M Huckno on March 12, 2011 at 4:01pm
was attached to 9 from 68 thru71. Made west-pac and med then ordered out to NATC Pax River. Had a Vigi transfered in about 72. we went thru the aircraft and readied it for test programs. Spent 100 hours on the seats and ejection system being as I was the only one whu could, all others said what the heck is this. Second flight out engine failure but crew got out as advertised. Great feeling.
Comment by Dean Kelly on March 12, 2011 at 1:27pm
I went active duty in 1973, A-School in Photo Intel at Lowry AFB in Denver (sweet!) then to H-9 in Albany in Oct 1973. Was there just long enough to meet some great Georgia people then on down to KW for the rest of my enlistment. When I heard we were moving to KW I had dreams of learning to surf, jogging on the beaches, etc. Anybody that spent time in KW knows how wrong those dreams turned out to be. Had a great time in H-9, still have some very good friends from those days, but was happy to take the 4 year, no pension, retirement plan and move back to Oregon.
Comment by Michael John Madden on March 11, 2011 at 10:42pm
John: I also came to Albany from VA-125 via a year and a half at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey. I was in Weaps at VA-125 from 1968 to 1969 after a three and one half year tour with VA -22. I learned to drive the Vigi with RVAH-3 went to RVAH-12 for a tour then went to CRAW-ONE and then XO/CO RVAH-NINE. WE may have crossed paths in there somewhere. Mike Madden
Comment by John M Huckno on March 11, 2011 at 7:29pm

Came from VA-125 in LeMoore, Ca and got to Sanford prior to the move to Albany

and got into 9 in Albany. Had some of the best times of my life in 9 and enjoyed most of it. Hoping to see more of my old shipmates on here soon.

Comment by Clifford Murdock Johns on December 10, 2010 at 7:09pm

I came from A-4s in Lemoore as a volunteer to Vigis in Albany right after the move from Sanford. I wanted 9 because it was the best. We were the first to get the new aircraft, 156xxx series, and I made the first and only (as far as I know) nose wheel up landing in a new, out of the factory, RA5C. Rich Affeld was in the back seat, and the in flight guide said to eject in that circumstance. We agreed to stay with it and fly the nose onto a foamed runway before the nose fell thru aerodynamically. It worked out great. Rich has a photo which we add later. He is in Germany. If anyone else has that photo, please post it. Cliff Johns


Comment by Paul Rigney on November 29, 2010 at 7:33pm
I arrived at NAS Albany in AUG 1970 while 9 was still on WestPac. Did my training and was held in 3 until the squadron returned. Was assigned to the Airframes shop and Corrision Control. Did a Med cruise in 1971 on the Sara but spent most of the time shore based in Rota. Got an early out in Dec 1971.
Comment by Charles F. Wehinger on September 18, 2009 at 10:41am
Anybody here who was part of the caravan of Flight Line equipment that drove up the Interstate from Sanford to Albany? I was too young to be smart enough to document that move with a camera. It was quite a sight to see.
It's been a long time since I've thought about uttering HHMF, but it sure brings back memories. I left the Navy and Albany in Nov. 1969 and still have fond memories of the men I served with.

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