A-1E Skyraider (132400) of NAS Seattle

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Parked on its home turf in the 1960’s, this aircraft was later transferred to the USAF and was shot down over Vietnam in 1966.  In way of contrast, the P-3A behind it (152158) of VP-31, had a long life ahead of it.

On a side note, one of the reasons NAS Seattle closed can be seen looming in the background: that hill is not navy property, it is a suburb of Seattle covered with homes. The base was nestled between suburbia and a very large lake; it simply could not expand.  Now, I’m from Seattle, my grandfather worked at the air station as a civilian, and visiting the base was always a treat.  But boy, was it small and crowded!

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