P5M Marlin patches, VP-50, circa 1958


Both patches were made for the squadron’s deployment to the Far East.  I asked the man who gave me patch #1 why the aircraft’s right wing was swept back. Answer: “Because we weren’t supposed to fly over the Soviet Union.”  Bottom photo shows VP-50 at NAS Whidbey Island. The seaplane tender USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14) is tied to the dock.

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