A3D-2 of VAH-123 at an NAS Whidbey Island airshow in the early 1960s. In the background, RCAF men enjoy the show from the top of their CF-100.
Big plane, little girl.
EKA-3B of VAQ – 308 in the early 1980s. Note both the whale on the tail and the pilot taking a break atop the aircraft. 147666 was among the last Skywarriors built and is now on display in Oakland, CA.
VA-3B (142672) was assigned as a VIP aircraft when this photo was taken in the early 1970s.
142672 again. This was not just any VIP bird, but was reserved for only the top brass. I imagine the interior was rather plush.
In a typical landing for the Skywarrior, A3D-2 of VAH – 4 comes aboard bouncing.
142651, like many a Skywarrior, was in service long enough to undergo major changes to its original purpose. It ended its days as a tanker/electronic warfare bird.
142236 of VAH-8. This aircraft crashed in 1962.
142250 and its sister, 142251 of VAH-4 in the early days. The former crashed in 1964, the latter is on display aboard the USS Midway.
A3D-1 135444 at an open house in the early 60s.
‘444 again, same open house. Day-glo orange was, of course, all the rage back then.