This crew prepares to engage in what obviously involves some aerial photography. I say “crew”, but the man on the right looks like a civilian. He’s wearing a necktie, glasses, and a pretty nice pair of wingtip shoes. On the “Duck”, note the tube protruding below the numbers. This was used for dropping flares and smoke pots.
Later known as the HU-16) Albatross. When this was taken, the UF-1G was based at CGAS Port Angeles. This “bird”, 7236, is still around today. Location of photo: Boeing Field.
It wasn’t a long flight from Port Angeles for this Albatross to make an appearance at the NAS Whidbey Island open house. Behind it, an F-102 of the 190th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Idaho Air Guard. This Albatross had a long life. Sold to the civilian market, it was written-off after a crash in 2009.
Aha, you thought I was going to say HC-130, but when this photo was taken, the (ahem) “Tri-Service aircraft designation system” had yet to implemented. Serial number of this R8V-1G was 60-0311.