Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I don't check my mail on this site very often. All is well here, thanks for asking. Oro Valley, I remember it well. I was born and raised in Tucson. When I was growing up there, Oro valley was just a spot one drove thru on the way to or from Phoenix. Big changes there now. eh?
Sorry to say that I don't know your nephew, Mike. We're separated by the width of the Schenectady Airport and don't get to interact much.
The Vigi that we have at the museum is Bu No 156621. We obtained it from the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYCity. It was then in the paint scheme of Heavy 3. I had it re-done in the scheme of Heavy 5 from the USS Ranger. Here's a photo of the aircraft in its Heavy 5 colors. Hope you approve.
I'd like to meet with you any time you get up this way, although Greenville is about 660 miles from Glenville, NY. You can "visit" the Museum at our website: www.esam.org to get a view of the aircraft on display and other parts of the museum. Our hours are also posted there.
Thanks for contacting me...hope to see you sometime.
Yes, that's 1 of my grandsons. I live in Kettering(Dayton), Oh. My daughter & the grandson in the oicture live just down the street from my wife(Dottie) & I. Nate(grandson) is my real sidekick. My son lives in Columbus with another grandson, Simon. Simons just 2 & I don't get to see him as much. We have another grandchild in the way which is due Nov. 30th by my son Jason & his wife Shannon.
Sorry for the delay, although I live in Oro Valley, I am currently in Iraq. I work for Lockheed Martin as a DOD Contractor...I expect to be here until October... Not sure when I'll be back to AZ. My wife and kids live there. Our house in also in Rancho Vistoso near Splendido.
I do remember you. Maybe we will see you at the next reunion. In addition to the RVAH renunions there will also be one for NAS Sanford, which I think has a separate website.
Keep in touch.