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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 Steven R. Ewing on July 11, 2020 at 7:49pm

Does anyone know where former RVAH-1 CO, William P. Smith, settled after he retired from the Navy and what rank he retired with?

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 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.
Comment by Paul Kantner on December 5, 2014 at 9:22pm

Hi  ams3  west pack sara ,,, med America  ,,, jfk  north ops..  I remember Tony.. lookin for rickey martin,, an calvin larwance ..Merri xmas   to all bros. still alive  God Bless


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