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NAS Key West

Were you ever "ship's company" at NAS Key West? Then ship over here.

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Comment by Larry E. Shelby on December 11, 2019 at 9:41pm

I transferred to NAS Key West Early 1970 from Millington. Worked in the missile shop for a short time and then transferred to AIMD and worked on radar systems on the F4 Phantom. Joined RVAH-1 when they came to Key West. My orders were to report to Albany but after taking 2 weeks leave the squadron had already been moved to Key West. There went my two days travel time.

Comment by Thomas James MacFarlane on February 19, 2018 at 10:14am

Since we enjoyed our time in the Keys in the from 74 to 76, my wife wanted to go back to Key West for my twilight tour. I took orders as Av/Arm Division Chief at AIMD from 1990 to March 1993. I retired and went to work for Loral Aerospace and then Lockheed Martin at the Fat Albert site on Cudjoe Key. I got transferred to the new Blimp site in Horseshoe Beach, Florida and was there until I got tired of LM's policies. Went to work for Levy County Sheriff's Office for nine years. Then took a job with Baker's Electronics & Communications in Lake City, Florida as Senior Engineer where I have been ever since.

Comment by Michael R Kellerman on May 4, 2017 at 8:21pm

After a tour with RVAH 13 (Recon) and RVAH 9 (CNI) I was transferred to NAMTD as an instructor in early 77 until I got out in late 78. I taught all of the CNI and Recon equipment both "O" and "I" level. Even taught Pilots and Rans on occasion.

Comment by Michael J. Hampton on May 4, 2017 at 1:28pm

We had our RVAH-1 reunion down in Key West this past fall.  Boy how things have changed but stayed the same over the past 35 years.  Downtown was mostly the same just at a higher cost.  We took a tour of the Boca Chica Air Station and it looked almost the same as it did when I left, as long as you looked at the surface.  The hangers didn't even have one picture of the RA5C and the barracks were almost like a condos.  Was glad to see there was at least one static bird at the main gate.  I hope we can all get together back down there again someday.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on November 25, 2016 at 8:56pm

Does anyone here remember Lt Rick Ladd, QA Officer and then I believe Assistant Maintenance Officer at AIMD in the late 70s/early 80s

I found out he had passed away a few years back at the very young age of 59.

May he have fair winds and following seas on his last great deployment into eternity.

Richard Ladd Obituary

Comment by Joseph Alleman on August 7, 2016 at 12:01am

Worked AIMD KW - production control and WC 610 (??) CNI Shop from 79 till discharged in Jun 80.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on February 29, 2016 at 5:06pm

I was "ship's company" at NAS Key West with AIMD from early 1979 (transferred to NAS Key West just before Heavy 12 Decommissioned) to Jan 1982.


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