VC-5, early 1950s


AJ Savage

One of the US Navy’s unsung yet most important squadrons was VC-5 in the late 40’s/early 50’s.  Flying first the P2V Neptune, then the AJ Savage, VC-5 was tasked with lugging atomic weapons from the decks of carriers at a time when the navy was struggling to maintain a viable role.  No longer allowed to possess bombers (thanks, USAF!), the navy scratched about and came up with “Attack Squadrons.”  (“No, no, these aren’t ‘bombers’; they are ‘attack’ aircraft.”)  Whatever the name, the successful innovation of a carrier-based nuclear bomber – er, attack aircraft – saved the navy’s bacon.

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