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.
Based at CGAS Port Angeles, this UF-2G (7236) of the Coast Guard is seen while on a visit to Boeing Field in the late 1950’s. Later renamed the HU-16, this “bird” is now displayed at the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.
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.