Parked on its home turf in the 1960’s, this aircraft was later transferred to the USAF and was shot down over Vietnam in 1966. In way of contrast, the P-3A behind it (152158) of VP-31, had a long life ahead of it.
On a side note, one of the reasons NAS Seattle closed can be seen looming in the background: that hill is not navy property, it is a suburb of Seattle covered with homes. The base was nestled between suburbia and a very large lake; it simply could not expand. Now, I’m from Seattle, my grandfather worked at the air station as a civilian, and visiting the base was always a treat. But boy, was it small and crowded!
NAS Whidbey open house in the early 60’s. This aircraft (145913) served with VP-1 from ’59-63, went to VP-2, and was written off in a crash on Kodiak Island in ’64. Check out the Pepsi-Cola truck on the right.
S-Two-F gives us “Stoof”, and it was a name that stuck forever. When a huge radome was slapped on its top, it was then a “Stoof with a roof”. The ability to come up with such adjectives is surely a sign of the ingenuity inherent to naval aviators.
151823 of VA-196, AKA “The Main Battery” (Great name) basks in the typical non-breezy sunshine of NAS Whidbey Island. Sarcasm about the weather aside (it’s usually the opposite), Whidbey was A-6 central from the 1960’s until the Intruder was retired in the 1990’s.
NAS Whidbey open house in the early 1980’s. The aircraft (147666) was one of the last Skywarriors built, and was based out of NAS Alameda. Note the crewman atop the aircraft who has found refuge from the maddening crowd.