All the Savages!!
And what happened to (some of) them.
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The information below is obviously incomplete and may, of course, contain errors.
Do you have any corrections or anything to add, from old flight logs or elsewhere?
Please contribute if you can. Kenneth "Bertie"/"Benny" Wooster

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121460 XAJ-1
  1. Completed June 1948. First flown by Bob Chilton on 3 July 1948. Ended up at Grumman as a nose gear test article for the A-6 Intruder program. [Photos in Ginter, pages 4, 6, 54, and 59]
  2. Retired March 1957 [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
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121461 XAJ-1
  1. Completed 1 September 1948. Lost entire tail during rudder sideslip test and crashed at sea near Los Angeles February 1949. Test pilots Al Connor and Chuck Brown were killed. [Ginter, page 5]
121462 XAJ-1
  1. First flight January 1949. Lost at Edwards AFB after a wing failure. No loss of life. 2 crew survived. [Ginter, page 5]
122590 AJ-1
  1. First flight in May 1949. [Ginter, p. 5]
  2. Delivered to NATC 19 September 1949. [Ginter, p. 54]
  3. Two photos on a test hop 8 December 1949, showing sliding canopy as on XAJ-1 that was later replaced. [Ginter, p. 55]
  4. Crashed and burned near Bedford, Virginia 22 June 1950 on flight from Edwards AFB to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. 3 Killed. [Baugher? web site]
  5. Accident report seems to have been dated 7 August 1950, leading to the error sometimes made that the accident was 7 August rather than 22 June. Photos [Ginter, pp. 7 and 9]
  6. Lt. Cmdr. Willard Sampson and civilians Holiday Lee Turner and James A. Moore, Jr. died in the crash. [Chuck Huber's web site http://community-2.webtv.net/cerebralhushtoo/doc/page7.html]
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122591 AJ-1
  1. Photos [Ginter, p. 8]
  2. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. Damaaged beyond repair July 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  5. The date makes it seem almost certain that this was the aircreft lost at Love Field by VAH-11 while training for Project Bullet. The pilot is believed to have been LCDR Brown. [KJW]
122592 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Apr 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. Damaged beyond repair November 1956. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  5. I have not been able to associates this date of loss with any accident thaqt I know of. [KJW]
122593 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo [Ginter, p. 9]
  3. Written off August 1950. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  4. I have not been able to associate this date of loss with any incident that I know of. [KJW]
  5. October 13, 2007 I received an email from Anna Fairburn anna.jane@talktalk.net stating:
    "AJ-1 122593 crashed 10 Mi East of Edwards AFB 07 Aug 1950.
    Aircraft was destroyed by (I believe but not sure) structual failure.
    Aircraft being operated by NAA.
    The two crew were killed † †. Pilot was Darnell, Daniel.
    Source is USAF Accident report 50-8-7-200."
  6. There must have been three aboard. Daniel Darnell, Jr. was apparently not one of the fatalities in the crash. By searching for his name on the web I have discovered that he joined North American Aviation as a test pilot in 1950 where he tested F-86, F-100, B-45, AJ-1, AJ-2. He joined Northrup in the 1960s, retiring in 1986. He died of heart disease in 1998. [KJW]
122594 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo making its first carrier landing aboard USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) on 30 August 1950 with LCDR Don Runyan at the controls. [Ginter, p. 55]
  3. This aircraft, while assigned to NATC, was lost in a crash during takeoff at Patuxent River, Maryland on 3 February 1953. I obtained the accident report from the Naval Historical Center on 30 September 2003. Killed were the pilot, LT McFaddin Hoise, and the third crewman AD2 James H. Vaughn. At http://members.cts.com/sd/b/bwickes/LOW_FLIGHT_OVER_SOUTHERN_MARYLAND.doc I found the information that "Vaughn Road at Patuxent is named in honor of Navy AD2 James H. Vaughn who lost his life in an aircraft accident during take-off in an AJ (Savage) on 4 February 1953" and that "Hoise Road in Patuxent is named in honor of Navy Lt. McFaddin Hoise who lost his life in an aircraft accident during take-off in an AJ (Savage) on 4 February 1953." My thanks to Chuck Huber, who first alerted me on 9 August 2002 to the above online references to the crash. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. Written off 4 February 1953. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
122595 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1950 at Patuxent River. The last entry was November 1950 at Patuxent River.
  3. "Compounding VC-6's first-year problem was the loss of AJ-1 BuNo 122695 (sic) on 13 November 1950. While on a routine fam flight out of Patuxent, LCDR William C. Patterson's aircraft experienced a fire in the port engine nacelle which quickly spread to the bomb bay and finally the cockpit area. Unable to jettison the crew escape hatch, crewman AT1 William R. Deister and AD1 Robert H. Jones were forced to bail out through the bomb bay. After much difficulty, the pilot managed to escape through the port canopy window, receiving minor burns in the process. All three aircrew sustained only slight injuries." [Hook, page 24, volume 17, #4, winter 1989, ISSN 0736-9220]
  4. I copied the Hook material while at the Sanford Museum in June 2004. After arriving home I realized that 122695 was not an AJ BuNo, and have concluded that it must be 122595. Until I can see the original article again I cannot say whether the error was original to the article or simply a copying error made by me. (A later check has established that the typo was in the article itself.) Also, I have jotted in my notes that this plane was side #5. I am not certain where I gleaned that information. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. Written off 13 November 1950. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
122596 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. Retired October 1962. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
122597 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo at NAS Patuxent River on 14 December 1949 with tail and wing folding mechanisms attached. [Ginter, p. 38]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  5. I have obtained a photo of this plane from www.air-britain.com that shows this plane at Blackbushe, England on 6 August 1956. It had probably made a run on the London RBS site.
  6. Damaged beyond repair September 1956. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  7. This was NB6 that was damaged beyond repair when Caton and Fitzsimmons crashed on the Coral Sea in BuNo 124864. [KJW]
122598 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Written off 6 September 1952. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  3. The date that this plane was written off indicates that it was the plane in which CDR McConnell, CO of VC-7, was killled. [KJW]
122599 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1952 at North Island. The last entry was January 1953 at North Island.
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 30 January 1953. The latest appearance is 13 October 1953. Plane deployed with Det Able. Flights in May through October 1953 were from NAS Atsugi with VC-6 Det Able. [William F. Swegle]
  4. Photo bearing side number 8 from VC-6 tied down on the deck of the USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) while off the coast of Korea on 14 August 1953. [Ginter, p. 82]
  5. Two photos again showing 122599 with side number 8 of VC-6 on the Lake Champlain on 14 August 1953. [Ginter, p. 83]
  6. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Feb 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  7. After the tail modification the plane was assigned eventually to VC-5. It appears in the flight log of Kenneth Wooster in June, July and September of 1955. VC-5 started replacing its AJ-2s with retrofitted AJ-1s in May 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  8. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  9. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  10. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during May 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  11. Damaged beyond repair October 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  12. I am unable to associate the date of "damaged beyond repair" with any incident that I know of. [KJW]
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122600 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo over the Golden Gate Bridge February 1950 with side number 8 of VC-5. [Ginter, p. 71]
  3. Three additional photos of the plane bearing the side number 8 of VC-5 at Moffett Field, NAS Sunnyvale, in February 1950. [Ginter, p. 72]
  4. This plane was the one used by Captain Hayward on 21 April 1950 to make the first carrier takeoff of the Savage. The launch was from the USS Coral Sea (CVB-43). [Ginter, p. 71]
  5. Written off 11 August 1953. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  6. The writing off date indicates that this was the VC-5 Savage that crashed aboard the Bennington during the Midshipman cruise of 1953. [KJW]
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122601 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This plane, flown by CDR Edward Outlaw, followed Captain Hayward off the deck of the USS Coral Sea on 21 April 1950, and so was the second Savage to launch from a carrier. [Ginter]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Mar 1955, Apr 1955, and Aug 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  5. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  6. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March, July and August 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  7. Retired September 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124157 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Allocated to Project Sandia (nuclear weapons development) at Albuquerque. Damaged beyond repair August 1950. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  3. October 13, 2007 I received an email from Anna Fairburn anna.jane@talktalk.net stating:
    "AJ-1 124157 crashed at Kirtland AFB, NM 30 Aug 1950.
    Aircraft was destroyed in a landing accident caused by mechanical failure.
    Operated by NAU Sandia/NAD.
    Pilot Fulerton, Raymond C.
    Source is USAF Accident report 50-8-30-201."
124158 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with retrofitted tail and NATC markings in September 1957 refueling NATC F11F-1 141729. [Ginter, p. 60]
  3. Became fire bomber in early 1960s for the J. M. Jackson Co, later known as A.J. Tankers, Inc. [Ginter, p. 113]
  4. Two photos 8 December 1962 as fire bomber N9142Z (side number 88). [Ginter, p. 113]
  5. Two more photos as fire bomber bearing side number 88. [Ginter, p. 114]
  6. The engines were removed and the plane cut up for scrap in 1968/69. [Ginter, p. 113]
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124159 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with VC-5 markings and side number 1 undergoing bomb loading tests at NATC Pax River in August 1950. [Ginter, p. 74]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was September 1950 in Patuxent River. The last entry was February 1952 at Port Lyautey.
  4. Damaged beyond repair September 1955. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  5. I am unable to associate any incident or accident with September 1955. [KJW]
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124160 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 2 April 1953. The latest appearance is 4 May 1953. This plane was with Det Able. [William F. Swegle]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1950 at Patuxent River. The last entry was May 1953 at North Island. The entries during this period include USS Midway [from and to?] Pax River 2 June - 6 June 1952. Entries are North Island as of July 1952. [In June 1952 VC-6 sent Detachment One to North Island. This aircraft must have been in the detachment.]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  5. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  6. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March and April 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  7. BuNo 124160 with GN tail code of VAH-11 and side number 607 participated in "Project Bullet" 16 July 1957. Major John Glenn in a F-8U-1P and LCDR Demmler in a F-8U-1 attempted to set a cross-country speed record. LCDR Demmler had to drop out after damaging his probe at the first refueling, but Major Glenn went on alone to set a speed record of 3 hours and 23 minutes. This was mach 1.1. [Crusader Book]
  8. Retired July 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124161 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with NATC markings and 161 on nose in flight over Philadelphia in August 1950. [Ginter, p. 57]
  3. Retired July 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124162 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5.
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was January 1953 at North Island. The last entry was March 1953 at North Island.
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 22 March 1953. The latest appearance is 31 August 1953. Flights in May through October 1953 were from Atsugi with VC-6 Det Able. The plane was deployed with Det Able. [William F. Swegle] [Ginter, p. 54]
  4. A Photo on 14 August 1953 with VC-6 markings and side number 2 on the port catapult of USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39). [Ginter, p. 83]
  5. Two photos in October 1953 with VC-6 markings and side number 2 after a hard landing on the Yorktown that broke the port engine mount. Aircraft name on the fuselage was "Poopy-San." [Ginter, p. 79]
  6. This aircraft probably bore side number NB/12 in VAH-5 in October 1955 and is pictured with a retrofitted tail at the top of page 76 of Ginter. For details about the circumstances of this refuelling operation look at the entry for BuNo 124855. [Kenneth Wooster]
  7. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  8. Retired October 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124163 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. It is MY HUNCH that this was NB/3. If I am correct there is a photo of it at the bottom of page 73 in Ginter, while VC-5 was doing carrier quals on 31 August 1950 aboard USS Coral Sea. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. On 27 October 1950, this plane crashed into the sea on its takeoff run from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, while the ship was operating off Guantanamo Bay. The Plane Commander was LCDR David Purdon, the B/N was LTJG Edward A. Decker, and the Third Crewman was Chief Edward R. Barrett. Dave and the crewman, Chief Edward R. Barrett, were lost, but B/N LTJG Ed Decker escaped from the wreckage with minor injuries and was rescued by the plane guard helicopter. Analysis of witness statements and movie and still photos failed to positively identify the cause of the accident, but the most likely cause was determined to have been a malfunction of surface control locks. I have the accident report, which I obtained in September 2003. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. Written off 27 October 1950. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124164 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with VC-5 markings and side number 4 during the Savage's first complete carrier qualifications on 31 August 1950 aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVB-43). [Ginter, p. 73]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entry was December 1951 at Port Lyautey.
  4. In June 2004 at the Sanford Museum I discovered an 8 x 10 glossy, Official US Navy Photo No. EAT-3192-L, of this plane. The photo was dated 20 June 1957 and was captioned, "VAH-11, NAS Sanford. Damage caused to AJ-1 BuNo 124164 when port landing gear collapsed during turn-up." [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. Retired September 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  6. Photo with VAH-11 markings and side number 603 at NAF Litchfield Park on 21 March 1960. The plane appears to have a retrofitted tail. [Ginter, p. 109]
124165 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Written off 7 September 1954. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  3. I am unable to associate any incident with 7 September 1954. [KJW]
  4. On August 30, 2008, I received an email from Roy Metcalf, royemet429@msn.com, who was a former ET2 on Randolph during 1953 and 1954. He reports the loss of an AJ during CARQUALS, apparently off the east coast of the US, on a date which he places on September 2 or 3, 1954. He says, "I was aboard the Randolph in Sept 54 when we lost an AJ over the side on carquals. . . . . Supposedly the AJ upon landing caught a gear in the port catwalk and went over the port side. We steamed about for a few hours trying to find the crew, but I don't thing anyone was recovered. . . . Our search for the crew caused our getting caught in hurricane Edna, for 2 days and did much damage to the ship, especially the open bow/forecastle area. Because of that damage all that class (Ticonderoga) and Essex carriers were refitted with closed (hurricane) bows/forecastle areas." The date seems to be close enough to make the incident described as that involving 124165. There is no other reasonable alternative. The squadron involved because of the timing and the model of AJ makes it a near certainty that the squadron was VC-8.
124166 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was April 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entry was April 1953 at North Island. The entries include flight to and from Port Lyautey and the USS Midway on 12-13 March 1952. Entries are North Island as of July 1952. [In June 1952 VC-6 sent Detachment One to North Island. This aircraft must have been in the detachment.]
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 10 April 1953. [William F. Swegle]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  5. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  6. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March and May 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  7. Retired May 1958. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124167 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  3. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March, April and May 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  4. Became fire bomber N9143Z and shown in photos, apparently 1961, at Van Nuys Airport and bearing side number 77. Photos show retrofitted tail. On 17 September 1967, while based at Burbank, California, N9134Z, piloted by Jack Henessey, was lost on takeoff when an engine quit. The text refers to it as a fatal crash. [Ginter, p. 113]
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124168 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entries were February 1952 aboard USS Midway (on 7 February) and at Port Lyautey.
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  5. Retired April 1958. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
124169 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Allocated to Project Sandia (nuclear weapons development at Albuqurque). Written off 8 June 1951. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  3. "Meanwhile, another fatal crash occurred, this of BuNo 124169 attached to the Naval Aviation Detachment at Kirtland AFB, NM. LT Charles B. Dickson, plane captain AD2 A. E. Prior Jr. and NAA rep Clayton R. Shepard, were on a practice bomb drop 8 June 1951 when the aircraft experienced an intense fire in the jet engine section, observed by Shapard. Though Dickson and Prior made it to the emergency escape door through the acrid fumes and smoke that rapidly appeared, only Shepard was able to successfully bail out of the flaming AJ." [Hook, vol. 17, #3, Fall 1989, ISSN 0736-9220]
124170 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1950 in Patuxent River. It appears also at Port Lyautey in November 1951 and at NAS North Island in November 1952. The last entry was November 1953 at Atsugi. Entries are North Island as of November 1952. In April 1953 there was a 6.3 hr. flight from Atsugi to Guam, a 7.1 hr. flight from Guam to Kwajalien, a 11.1 hr. flight from Kwajalien to Barber's Point, and a 11.3 hr. flight from Barber's Point to NAS North Island. In October 1953 there was a 11.3 hr. flight from San Diego to Barber's Point, a 10.3 hr. flight from Barber's Point to Kwajalien, a 6.7 hr. flight from Kawajalien to Guam, and a 7.1 hour flight from Guam to Atsugi.
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Feb 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  5. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March and April 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
  6. Photo with retrofitted tail, VAH-5 markings, and side number 7 at Norfolk in May of 1957. [Ginter, p. 94]
124171 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. On 6 March 1951 AJ-1 124171 crashed following an inflight fire which killed LCDR Maurice Wickendoll, flight surgeon LCDR Clyde Fairless Jr., and third crewman AT3 Ruben Lopez. [Ginter, p. 75]
124172 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. At the bottom of page 62 of Ginter is a picture that Ginter describes as including in the foreground a new AJ-2 at North Ameican's plant in Columbus, Ohio. I am sure that the BuNo on the fuselage is 124172. The plane also appears to have a one-piece AJ-1 nosewheel door, which leads me to the conclusion that it is this AJ-1 with a newly retrofitted tail. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
124173 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1950 at Patuxent River. The last entry was October 1951 at Patuxent River.
  3. This was the Johnny Refo plane. [From the Hook article that I found in the Sanford Museum in June 2004.]
124174 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This plane with a retrofitted tail came to VC-5 in early 1955. It appears in the flight log of Kenneth Wooster in VC-5 in May, June, and September of 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. In June 2004 at the Sanford Museum I discovered four 8 x 10 glossies, Official US Navy Photos Nos. NA-29w 724L, NA-29w 722L, NA-29(1) 721L, and NA-29(1) 723L, of this plane. The second photo was dated 10-29-55; the other three were dated 11-29-55. Because all pictures are of the same incident, I suspect that the October date is in error. Shown is a lifting operation with large airbags under the wings of BuNo 124174. The underside of the fiberglass radar dome is badly damaged. There is no explanation as to whether it was the result of a wheels up landing or simply a collapse of the landing gear. The side number on the plane is NB3. One photo shows the starboard side of the nose, where one can clearly read, "ENS FITZSIMMONS USN" and "KELLY ADC USN." [Kenneth Wooster]
124175 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with VC-5 markings and side number 8 on deck of USS Midway (CVB-41) during Operation Lant Flex 52 [Ginter, p. 74]
  3. The plane was not with VC-5 during its September 1954 to February 1955 deployment to Port Lyautey, because the squadron then had AJ-2s. The plane returned to VC-5 with a retrofitted tail in early 1955. It appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in May, June, and August of 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
124176 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1952 at North Island. The last entry was January 1953 at North Island.
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 2 July 1953. The latest appearance is 12 October 1953. Flights in May through October 1953 were from NAS Atsugi with VC-6 Det Able. Plane was deployed with Det Able. [William F. Swegle]
  4. After service elsewhere, 124176 returned to VC-5 in early 1955. It appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in July of 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
124177 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was September 1950 in Patuxent River. The last entry was February 1953 at North Island. Entries are North Island as of July 1952. [In June 1952 VC-6 sent Detachment One to North Island. This aircraft must have been in the detachment.]
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 4 February 1953. The latest appearance is 18 February 1953. [William F. Swegle]
124178 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. After service elsewhere, 124178 returned to VC-5 in early 1955. It appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in September of 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. Quite possibly (almost certainly) this was one of the three AJ-1s catapulted from the Ticonderoga at the International Air Show in September 1955. See details under BuNo 124855. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  5. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March, April, May, June, July and August 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
124179 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
124180 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was April 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entry was January 1952 at Port Lyautey.
124181 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo of 124181 bearing NATC markings and side number 181 assigned to System Test (ST painted on side of fuselage under B/N window) turning up for a test hop. [Picture is probably 1950] [Ginter, p. 57]
124182 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was May 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entry was May 1952 at Patuxent River. The entries include flights from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Patuxent River over the period 26 April to 10 May 1952.
124183 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
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124184 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Nov 1954, Jan 1955, Dec 1954, Mar 1955, and Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once before the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. Assigned to VC-9 with a retrofitted tail in late 1954, 124184 crashed and burned at Lages Field, Azores, 25 December 1955 while on the way to Port Lyautey for VAH-9's deployment. (VC-9 had become VAH-9 1 November 1955.) Harold Jacobs, Pete Lowrey?(or maybe a bombardier named "Jim"), third crewman Greek, and AO2 Jim Haddox (extra passenger) crashed on the highest mountain while waving off in low visibility at Lages, Azores.
    Jacobs failed to follow proper wave-off procedures and turned into the mountain top. Haddox was killed on impact. Greek survived the impact and helped the pilot Hal Jacobs and the B/N escape, but was trapped and died in the fire. They had badly broken legs but survived--B/N escaped with a broken leg, and the the pilot lost a leg. [various sources, including Baugher web site, O.W. McGuire, and Ben King]
124850 AJ-1
  1. "The Navy decided to produce an improved version of the AJ-1 for the photo reconnaissance role, known initially as the AJ-1P. AJ-1 124850 was modified at Downey, California, and an order for twenty-three AJ-2Ps to be built at Columbus, Ohio, was placed on 18 August 1950." [Ginter, p. 11]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
  4. Together the three preceding entries imply that 124850 was eventually returned to its bomber configuration before or at the time of its tail retrofit. [Kenneth Wooster]
124851 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1951 at Patuxent River. The last entry was also June 1951 at Patuxent River.
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jan 1955, May 1955, and Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
124852 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with VC-8 markings and side number 3 at Pax River in 1952. [Ginter, p. 91]
  3. Quite possibly (almost certainly?) this was one of the three AJ-1s catapulted from the Ticonderoga at the International Air Show in September 1955. See details under BuNo 124855. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
124853 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 12 September 1952. [William F. Swegle]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1952 at Patuxent River. The last entry was June 1953 at Patuxent River.
  4. Photo with retrofitted tail, VAH-11 markings, and side number 3, taxiing after landing on the USS Saratoga (CVA-60) in August 1956. [Ginter, p. 106]
124854 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. VC-8, crash in emergency landing, Naples, Italy, 20 July 1955. Three crew killed: pilot LT Donald A. Bowman, B/N LTJG Clark C. McConnell, and third crewman AD1 Earl Cecil (Bill) Bishop. [Chuck Huber web site http://community-2.webtv.net/cerebralhushtoo/doc/page12.html]
124855 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 27 August 1952. The latest appearance is 17 September 1952. [William F. Swegle]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1952 at Patuxent River. The last entry was June 1953 at Patuxent River.
  4. This plane appears in Kenneth Wooster's VC-5 flight log in September and October 1955. In September 1955 at the International Air Show in Philadelphia 124855 was one of three AJ-1s that were catapulted from the USS Ticonderoga's new steam catapults. This was done while the Ticonderoga was tied up at dock in order to demonstrate the power of the steam cats. White/Wooster/Reichl were the crew on each of the three launches, landing at Atlantic City and being ferried back to Philly each time. Due to an error on the part of the yeoman in charge of my flight log the same BuNo is shown in my log for all three flights. Consequently, I cannot say with absolute certainty which two other aircraft were used or on which day. I do have a sequence of photos somewhere that were clipped from the Norh American in-house newspaper. The photos were of of the Labor Day launch, and the side number is clearly NB/5. Since this plane bore side number NB/10, it must have been launched on either Saturday or Sunday. Clearly the AJs could not be landed when the Ticonderoga was not under way. I had long ago forgotten whether the planes had been flown aboard while the Ticonderoga was still at sea or loaded aboard after the ship docked, but at the Vigi Reunion in 2003 John Bailey informed me that he had been in the work party that put them aboard with a crane AFTER the Ticonderoga had docked. Confirmation of John's version comes from my flight log, wherein I have discovered that I had a flight on 31 August from Sanford to Norfolk and then on to Philadelphia in BuNo 124852. Also on 6 September I had a flight from Atlantic City to Oceana in BuNo 124178. I have very little doubt that these were the other two planes that had been launched in the show, and so one of the two would have been NB/5. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. Three photos with retrofitted tail, VC-5 markings and side number 10. One shows refueling of an F9F Cougar on 12 October 1955 (Kenneth Wooster suspects he is in plane). Another shows a refueling of an F2H-3 Banshee. [Ginter, pp. 75 & 76]
  6. I am certain that the pictures of BuNo 124855 on pages 75 and 76 of Ginter have an incorrect date. They were probably processed on 12 October 1955 but taken the day before or even the day before that. My flight log shows a flight from Sanford to Oceana in BuNo 124855 on 9 October. Then there is a flight to and from Oceana in BuNo 124162 on 10 October. There are two flights in BuNo 124855 on 11 October. The first is from Oceana to Oceana, and the second one is a flight from Oceana to Sanford. My old orders confirm that we were on TAD to Oceana for an inflight refueling operation. Furthermore, the stamp on the orders show that I did return to Sanford on the 11th. NB/12, shown in the upper picture on page 75 of Ginter, is almost certainly BuNo 124162. The two crews on the operation were White/Wooster/Reichl and LT Robert J. Baker/ENS Gerald M. Ryman/_____. The name of LT James Lynch also appears on the orders. He was the squadron's LSO, but he was probably there because he usually piloted the squadron's P2V. [Kenneth Wooster]
  7. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  8. I have obtained a photo of this plane from www.air-britain.com that shows this plane at Blackbushe, England on 6 August 1956. Side number was NB10. It had probably made a run on the London RBS site.
  9. This aircraft was written off in an accident in October 1956. Circumstances are unknown, but it was during a VAH-5 deployment.
  10. On 1 July, 2014, I received an email from Briann W. Helms Roberts [bwhr1@hotmail.com], which has helped fill in the fate of BUNO 124855. This plane was apparently transferred to VAH 11 when VAH 5 completed its deployment October 15 during the Suez Canal crisis.

    On Saturday night 27 October 1956 around 8:45PM with CVA 15 Randolph 40 Miles Northeast of Iraklion Crete Greece an AJ Savage piloted by LCDR Orville Scott Brownlee (widow and four children) with a crew of B/N LTJG Dewey Franklin Helms Jr. (widow and twins) Third Crewman AO2 Jimmy Kay Dailey (widow and two children) and Fourth Crewman AQ1 Basil Martin Underwood (widow) crashed into the sea after coming around the Aircraft Carrier in the pattern to start the Landing Approach. The aircraft was not seen nor heard from again. Wreckage was found the next day with the retrieval of the enlisted men's bodies, the helmets of the officers, and an Orders and Map Case from the aircraft.
    The Casualty Control Number on the Certification of Casualty for my father was 80545-A-4-2 Casualty Code of 0163.
    The crew were from United States Atlantic Fleet Air Force, Heavy Attack Wing One, VAH 11 Squadron Home Based at NAS Sanford, Florida on Emergency Deployment to the Aircraft Carrier CVA 15 Randolph assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet for the Suez Canal Crisis as a deterrent to the USSR threat of deployment of the Black Sea Fleet from their Fleet Head Quarters and Base Sevastopol Crimea Ukraine.
    The letters stated that it was the end of a routine navigational training flight of over 2 and 1/2 hours. Word of mouth upon return of Detachment Personnel was that it was a flight in the Western and Northern Black Sea.
    Could the Aircraft be BuNo 124177? It is shown as being with VAH-5 as NB 10 having been in the Mediterranean on deployment in Aug. 1956. Did the Navy due to the Suez Crisis cross crew squadron aircraft or double up on crews to keep aircraft in the air?
    Any help in finding my fathers Final Aircraft and extra information would be appreciated.
    Briann W. Helms Roberts
    Electronic Technician 1st Class
    U.S. Coast Guard Retired

124856 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1952 at Patuxent River. The last entry was 18 June 1953 at Patuxent River when 64 FCLPs were done.
  4. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  5. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
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124857 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. This plane came to VC-5 in 1955 with retrofitted tail. It is in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in June, September, and October of 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
124858 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Feb 1955, Mar 1955, and Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
124859 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for May 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
124860 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for May 1955 and Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  3. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
124861 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo with NATC markings, side number 861, and "FT" on side (for "Flight Test"). Probably a 1950 picture. [Ginter, p. 57]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jun 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  4. Appears in the VC/VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once immediately before and during the time of their second deployment December 1955 to May 1956. [O.W. McGuire]
124862 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. Photo with HATU markings and side number 862. Date not specified. [Ginter, p. 62]
  4. Caption of the photo in Ginter, page 62, says that it is "second to last" production AJ-1???? Shouldn't that be "third from last"? [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. See fuller details about Bob under BuNo 124864 [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  6. This AJ-1 appears in the VAH-5 flight log of Robert E. "Boomer" Osterholm during March, April, May, June and August 1957, [Courtesy of his daughter-in-law, Dolly Osterholm. bosterholm@earthlink.net]
124863 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
124864 AJ-1
  1. Delivered to VC-5. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. After service elsewhere and retrofitted with new tail, this plane returned to VC-5 in early 1955. It appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in May 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. This AJ-1 appeared in the VC/VAH-5 flight log of Bob Fitzsimmons at least once during the period  July 1955 to September 1956. [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  4. The September 1956 entries had to include the accident on September 8 described by Bob in the following message. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5.    "I was an AJ B/N and driver from mid-1955 through late '57 in VC/VAH-5.  I have checked my log book for the birds that I accumulated time in in both of the above crew positions. I was a B/N from completion of HATU (Norfolk) in July '55 until September '56; then was a HAAC from that date until I transferred back to HATULANT as an IP in June '57.
       "The BuNos I flew in (all AJ-1s) are as follows:
    122597, 122599, 122601, 124160, 124162, 124166, 124167, 124168, 124175, 124176, 124178, 124852, 124855, 124857, 124862, and 124864
       "I flew with two Dets while deployed....VAH-5 Det 33 on board Intrepid (CVA-11) and briefly with the same Det (different number) on board Coral Sea (CVB-43). It was during an emergency arrested landing on board Coral Sea on 8 Sep 1956 that the AJ-1 BuNo 124864(NB-7) which had suffered a hydraulic failure resulting in a no flaps approach created havoc on the flight deck. The LSO had little experience in waving the AJ (as it turned out) and because the bird was "fast" signaled an early cut. The end result was that the bird settled very quickly and the hook hit the round down and broke off the bird. Coral Sea was a straight deck carrier at that time, and we bounced over the barriers (the Davis Barrier was not rigged) and did strike damage to 13 airplanes forward. Initial impact was to another AJ parked portside (nose toward the island) which skewed us to port and next we ran up the back of an AD-5 the engine of which served as really effective battering ram knocking everything out of our (and its) way as we slid up the flight deck. We finally came to a stop abeam the #1 elevator with our nose fully to port. There was a small fire in the area of the jet engine which was quickly extinguished by the crash crew. There were 4 of us on board, and we had been airborne 4 hours at that time. I had some minor injuries (cuts/bruises) and was one scared guy. The 3rd crewman, AOC Bill Kelly, was scared and OK as was our flight time passenger AOC Jack Allen. The HAAC, LCDR J. Caton was very seriously injured and remained in a coma for several months. He never flew again and was disability retired a couple of years later.
       "I recovered well, and when I got my "up" chit from the medics, CDR Joe Tully, now the CO of Heavy FIVE took me on a Plane Commander check and I never flew as a B/N again. I remained in Sanford until Feb '59 flying the HATULANT/VAH-3 P-2's until I detached. While I was there, there were no AJs attached to the training squadron and it was only a couple of months before I left that the first A-3s (for training) were available." [Bob Fitzsimmons]
  6. A photo showing the results of the above-described accident appears on page 109 of Ginter. Ginter apparently did not know the BuNo or the crew. [Kenneth Wooster]
128043 AJ-2P  
128044 AJ-2P  
128045 AJ-2P
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo identified as VAP-62 128045 at NAF Litchfield Park, Arizona, on 21 March 1960 with all squadron markings and code numbers removed. [Ginter, p. 70]
128046 AJ-2P
  1. Photo with VJ-62 markings and side number 2, seen from below with all camera ports open. [Ginter, p. 67]
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128047 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Photo with VJ-62 markings, side number 1, and "CDR J. Kennedy Jr." painted on the nose. [Ginter, p. 69]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
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128048 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
128049 AJ-2P
  1. Photo. [Ginter, p.11]
  2. The photo on p.11 of Ginter misidentifies the plane as an AJ-1 that was used as a prototype for the AJ-2P. In the photo the BuNo 128049 is clearly visible on the fuselage. [Kenneth Wooster]
128050 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. BuNo 128050 was used by VJ-61 Det Queen with side number 1 to fly surveillance over China and Korea during the Korean War. [Ginter, p. 65]
  3. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in July 1954, August 1954, and October 1954, principally in Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
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128051 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
128052 AJ-2P
  1. Photo with VJ-62 markings and side number 4. [Ginter, p. 68]
128053 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in July 1954, August 1954, November 1954, and December 1954, principally in Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
128054 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. BuNo 128054 was used by VJ-61 Det Queen with side number 2 to fly surveillance over China and Korea during the Korean War. Photo with tail hook removed to lighten plane and increase speed. [Ginter, p. 65]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
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129185 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. This plane, with side number 6, was used after June 1954 as a replacement for 128050 by VJ-61 Det Queen for surveillance over China and Korea. Photo, showing "Hairy Hog" nose art. In photo are Espenozia (ADC), Duke (ENS), H. A. Gray Jr. (LT), B. Street, (flight engineer), C. Easton (LTJG), and N. D. Meyer (PHAN). [Ginter, p. 65]
  3. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in September 1954, November 1954, and December 1954, principally in Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  4. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
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129186 AJ-2P
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
129187 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in June 1954, August 1954, September 1954, October 1954, November 1954, December 1954, June 1955, and July 1955, principally in Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
129188 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in October 1954, November 1954, and July 1955, principally in Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
129189 AJ-2P  
129190 AJ-2P
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
129191 AJ-2P  
129192 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in January 1955, February 1955, March 1955, May 1955, and June 1955, mainly in Atsugi, except for March when he was at Sangley Point. [Fred Carment Jr.]
129193 AJ-2P
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
  4. Damaged and written off at Oppama, Japan, in May 1959. [Ginter, p. 66]
129194 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
129195 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
130405 AJ-2
  1. First flight on February 18, 1952. (The Boeing site giving the history of North American Aviation says that the first flight of the AJ-2 was on February 18, 1952. Presumably that first flight was by this plane.) http://www.boeing.com/history/bna/chron.html
  2. This aircraft appears in the VAH-16 Det J flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was August 1957 at North Island. The last entry was August 1957 at North Island.
130406 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Aug 1953. [Ralph Cox]
  2. One of only three AJ-2s operated by VAH-11. [Ginter, p.106]
  3. Photo on 1 October 1957 with VAH-7 markings and side number 406. [Ginter, p. 101]
  4. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
130407 AJ-2
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Photo bearing NATC markings and side number 407. [Ginter, p. 58]
  3. One of only three AJ-2s operated by VAH-11. [Ginter, p.106]
  4. Appears in the VAH-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire in June 1956 AFTER VAH-9's AJ-1 cruise. One possible explanation is that he was flying as an observer at an ORI in the aircraft of some other squadron. [O.W. McGuire]
130408 AJ-2
  1. Delivered to NATC. [Ginter, p. 54]
  2. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VAH-16 Det J flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1957 Aboard USS Kearsarge (CVA-33). The last entry was August 1958.
130409 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1953 at North Island. The last entry was May 1956 at North Island.
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 30 March 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  3. Photo with VAH-7 markings in 1957. [Ginter, p. 101]
  4. Photo with VAH-16 markings and side number 6 at NAF Litchfield Park on 21 March 1960. [Ginter, p. 111]
  5. The photo at NAS Litchfield Park must be after the disestablishment of VAH-16 in February 1959. [Kenneth Wooster]
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130410 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was May 1953 at North Island. The last entry was October 1953 at North Island. [The non-appearance of BUNO 130410 in Roy's log after October tends to confirm the identity of the plane that lost its engine on 10 November 1953. See below.]
  2. An email message of 29 December 2004 from Sean Paul Milligan jetsareforkids@verizon.net of NAS Quonset Point implies that BuNo. 130410 was VC-6 side number NF/5. This is the aircraft that is pictured in the top photo of Ginter, page 80, losing both its port engine and port tip tank as the result of a hard landing on USS Essex (CVA-9) on 10 November 1953.
130411 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was July 1953 at North Island. The last entry was June 1956 at North Island. During that interval there were entries in March 1955 for USS Oriskany (CVA 34) and Atsugi, Japan. In September 1955 the plane was flown back to North Island.
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 22 December 1953 [William F. Swegle]
  3. Photo with VAH-7 markings and side number 8 refueling a VF-124 F3H-2N Demon on 9 May 1957. [Ginter, p. 97]
130412 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1956 at North Island. The plane also appears in VAH-6 Det J aboard USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) in December 1957 [Should that be VAH-16?] The last entry was March 1958 aboard CVA-33.
130413 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was July 1956 in Det C aboaed USS Essex (CVA-9). The last entry was October 1957 aboard CVA-33.
  2. Photo with VAH-6 markings and what appears to be side number 17. Readying for catapult launch from the Essex in October 1956. [Ginter, p. 96]
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130414 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jan 1954, Mar 1954, Apr 1954, May 1954, Jun 1954, Jul 1954, Sep 1954, and Oct 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster 10 June 1954 while in Port Lyautey. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Randolph Lee "Dusty" Rhodes in October 1954. [R. L. Rhodes]
  5. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was May 1957 at North Island. The last entry was July 1957 at North Island.
130415 AJ-2
  1. 130415 was assigned to VC-7 in August and September 1954. Ed Legg emnlle@aol.com wrote in an email on 21 December 2005:
    VC-7 was assigned to take two crews to go aboard the Lake Champlain CV39 to test the steam cat for a plane in access 50,000lbs.
    On 31 August 1954 they sent two planes down, the Skipper's plane piloted by CDR T.T. Guillory and the crew I was in – BuNo 130415 – piloted by LT Herman.
    We were scheduled to launch on 2 September.
    We had a fuel load of 11000 lbs and 10000 lb bomb load.
    The 3rd Crewmen on the Skipper's plane (a good friend of mine, with whom I still have contact) was a little worried about the launch. I kept telling him with this load a cold shot was not out of the question, etc. So on the morning of the launch they were on the port cat and we were on the starboard. They were turning up and I waved GOOD BYE to Huey, but to make it worse they had excess Mag drop so they pointed to our plane. The cold shot believe me didn't happen. In fact LT Herman radioed back and told them we had more than enough steam.
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1956 at North Island. The last entry was April 1956 at North Island.
  3. During 1958 this aircraft served in VAH-15. On the web site of the Naval Historical Center there is a PDF file giving the histories of VAH-8, VAH-15, VAH-16, and VAH-123. In that file there is a photo of 130415 bearing side number 3 and tail code GP. The photo's caption says that it was taken at Glenview, Illinois circa 1958.
  4. Retired January 1959 [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
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130416 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1953 at North Island. The last entry was October 1953 at North Island.
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 5 January 1955. [William F. Swegle]
  3. Photo with VC-6 markings and side number 7 assigned to Task Force 77 refueling a VC-3  F2H-3 Banshee in October 1955. [Ginter, p. 87]
  4. This a/c appears in the VAH-7 flight log of b/n Bill Sowell while he was in Det 36 aboard the USS Randolph during the June 1957 to February 1958 deployment of VAH-7. [Bill Sowell]
  5. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
  6. This aircraft appears in the VAH-15 flight log of James Fannon on 15 October 1958. At the time he, having finished flight training in July 1958, was a junior officer and naval aviator.
  7. This aircraft crashed in Norfolk on 9 December 1958, killing all four who were aboard as well as two children on the ground. See aj_accidents.html and crash photo.
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130417 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was July 1953 at North Island. The last entry was September 1954 at North Island.
  2. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 30 November 1953. The latest appearance is 26 May 1954. [William F. Swegle]
130418 AJ-2 +++++SOLE SURVIVOR!+++++
  1. Operated by the Navy between 1953 and 1959. [Ginter, p 115]
  2. During early 1954 this aircraft was being flown by VC-7 while they were on deployment to Port Lyautey. [Source: In an email dated 9 January 2004 Jack Owens owenssci@tisd.net wrote to Jack Fooshee jfooshee@knology.net: "Hi gang. For your info, Gulledge, Dewerd and Owens worked the USS Midway CVA-41 March 27 and 30, 1954 with two Cat shots and arrested landings. AJ-2 130418 the very plane that is at the Museum in Pensacola. We then returned to Pt Lyautey."]
  3. In June 1954 VC-7 had 130418 at Patuxent as evidenced by entries in the VC-9 flight log of R. L. Rhodes. The VC-9 crew of Manger/Rhodes/Davidson, in Patuxent after having ferried 130419 home from Lyautey for VC-7, borrowed 130418 for an errand to Norfolk. They flew to Norfolk on 19 June and returned to Patuxent on 21 June. See the information under BuNo. 130419. [Randolph L. Rhodes]
  4. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1956 at North Island. The last entry was March 1956 at North Island.
  5. "For many years Avco-Lycoming had opereated AJ-2 N68667, formerly N101Z, as a jet engine testbed. This particular AJ-2 was BuNo 130418." [Ginter, p 115]
  6. The aircraft, which had once been used as a fire bomber and was lacking its J-33 jet engine was puchased and refurbished by Lycoming for their use as a testbed in 1970 and early 1971. A quantity of spare parts was located in Cleveland, Ohio. [Ginter, pp. 114-116]
  7. In mid-April of 1971 after several problems and delays the plane was ferried from Tucson, Arizona to Bridgeport Airport, Stratford, Connecticut. [Ginter, pp 119-120]
  8. In July 1972 Lycoming completed their test program that had necessitated their purchasing the Savage. They kept it for several years, but after discovering several loose rivets on the wing attachment spar, the decision was made to deliver the AJ-2 to the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida. By that time it was the last one in existence. It was delivered to Pensacola on 9 May 1984, via a refueling stop at Robbins [sic: Ginter probably meant "Robins."] AFB. [Ginter, pp. 122-123]
  9. In 2004 BuNo 130418 is still at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida. It is stored outdoors on the flight line, and in my opinion is not receiving the care that it deserves. [Kenneth Wooster]
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130419 AJ-2
  1. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  2. There is a picture of this Savage at the Sanford Museum in Sanford, Florida, and it was used in the publicity brochure for the Vigilant 2003 reunion. In the picture the plane bears side number 419 and a group is assembled before it. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. In the summer of 2003 I recalled that sometime during VC-9's deployment to Port Lyautey in the summer of 1954 that one of our crews had to ferry back to VC-7 in Patuxent a plane that VC-7 had left behind when we relieved them in mid-April. Apparently it was their "hangar queen" and was not in flyable condition when they returned to CONUS around April 15. After some research among my old VC-9 buddies I determined that the plane was BuNo. 130419. The details can be found in an email to me from Randolph Lee "Dusty" Rhodes on 19 August 2003. In the message Dusty said:
    Benny! OK! Here goes corrected data on AJ'S 130419 & 130418!
    On 17 June 1954 TEST hop 130419 in PL.
    On 18 June 3.9 hr FERRY flight 130419 PL to Lages.
    On 18 June 10.1 hr ferry flight Lages to Quonset Point, RI.
    On 19 June 1.4 ferry flight Quonst Point to Pax River, MD.
    On 19 June .5 hr flight(1A1)130418 Pax to NORVA.
    On 21 June .5 hr flight (1A1)NORVA to Pax River.
    CONCLUSION! !130419 VC-7 HANGAR QUEEN????Delivered!
    130418 was used by Manger/Rhodes/ Davidson to Report to "someone" at NORVA ??
    28 June back in PL doing night fclps,,, we got back by magic.
    [Kenneth Wooster]
130420 AJ-2
  1. This plane was in VC-7 in 1953 and 1954, bearing squadron side number 9. During this time the pilot was LCDR Joe Powell, the bombardier/navigator was George Gray AE2, and the third crewman was John J. O'Neill AL2. [From flight log of John J. O'Neill, 6/19/2007]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1956 at North Island. The last entry was September 1956 at Atsugi.
130421 AJ-2
  1. Photo with 17 painted on engine nascelle (17th production model) on a manufacturer's test flight. [Ginter, p. 12]
  2. The test flight was probably May or June 1953. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. One of only three AJ-2s operated by VAH-11. [Ginter, p.106]
130422 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in June 1954, July 1954, September 1954, October 1954, November 1954, December 1954, January 1955, and June 1955, principally at Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
130423 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. This plane, with side number 7, was used after June 1954 as a replacement for 128054 by VJ-61 Det Queen for surveillance over China and Korea. Photo. [Ginter, p. 65]
  3. Photo with bikini-clad nose art while assigned to LT A. J. Norris, Officer in Charge of Det Queen. [Ginter, p. 65]
  4. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in January 1955, February 1955, March 1955, April 1955 and May 1955, mainly in Atsugi, except for March and April when he was at Sangley Point and/or Tainan. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  5. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
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130424 AJ-2P  
130425 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in July 1954, August 1954, December 1954, and June 1955, principally at Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
134035 AJ-2
  1. Two photos showing aircraft with 18 painted on the engine nascelles taken on 4 June 1953. The number signifies that it was the 18th production AJ-2 and that the plane was still in possession of the manufacturer. [Ginter, p. 12]
  2. It was delivered to VC-9 soon thereafter, probably as its first Savage, and became the plane of the skipper Frank Gooding with side number 1. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Aug 1953, Dec 1953, and Jan 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  4. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  5. The plane appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster on 2, 5, and 16 November 1953 and on 1 February 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  6. At some point the plane was transferred from VC-9 to VC-5. Possibly this transfer was shortly before VC-9 deployed to Port Lyautey in April 1954, but I believe it is more likely that the transfer took place after VC-5 returned from its deployment. This latter possibility would be at the time VC-9 was transitioning from the AJ-2 to the remanufactured AJ-1 and would date the transfer either to late February or early March 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  7. The aircraft appears again in the flight log of Kenneth Wooster, but this time while he was in VC-5. He flew in it on 14 and 17 March 1955 and again several times in April 1955. In fact, the plane was flown by White/Wooster/Reichl and a passenger, J. H. Enloe AD2, from Sanford to Dallas to Norton AFB and thence to San Diego. We flew the plane above the atomic test Teapot at Frenchman's Flat on 15 April 1955 and then left it with VC-6 in San Diego. This was one of three planes ferried to the west coast in conjunction with the Teapot operation. One of the other two was BuNo 134054. [Kenneth Wooster]
  8. This aircraft appears in the VAH-16 Det J flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was August 1957 at North Island. The last entry was August 1957 at North Island.
  9. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
  10. At the decommissioning of VAH-15 in February 1959, the aircraft almost certainly was ferried to Litchfield Park. [Kenneth Wooster]
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134036 AJ-2
  1. Ed Legg of VC-7 was the third crewman when VC-7 picked up this aircraft new from the manufacturer at Columbus, Ohio, on 22 June 1953. He said on 30 October 2005, "I think it was still with VC-7 in 1955 when I got out."
  2. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
  3. Photo with VAH-16 markings and side number 22 at NAF Litchfield Park 21 March 1960. [Ginter, p. 112]
134037 AJ-2 heart Benny's Sweetheart
  1. This aircraft was delivered to VC-9 in the early summer of 1953, was assigned to the XO Oscar "Oc" Chenoweth, and bore side number FG/2. [Kenneth Wooster]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following VC-9's first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster numerous times in February, May, July, September, and November 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. On 1 April 1954 this aircraft with CDR "Oc" Chenoweth as pilot and LTJG David Ellis as b/n was the tanker that refueled over Kansas the first transcontinental flights in less than 4 hours, flights that were made by three pilots of VF-21 in F9F Cougars. In a 2,438-mile flight from San Diego to Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y., with aerial refueling over Hutchinson, Kans. LCDR F. X. Brady made the crossing in 3 hours 45 minutes 30 seconds, LTJG J. C. Barrow took 1 minute and 19 seconds longer, and LT W. Rich made it in 3 hours 48 minutes even. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. White/Wooster/Montecalvo flew this plane home from Port Lyautey in September 1954, and this is the plane that the crew of White/Wooster/Reichl took with them from VC-9 to VC-5 in November 1954, following VC-5's loss of Lt. Leon R.Grover, his crew, and his plane. Upon our arrival on USS Coral Sea on 22 November the color of the prop spinners was changed from orange to red, the "FG" was overpainted with "NB", but the new side number in VC-5 has escaped my memory. [Kenneth Wooster]
  6. The plane appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in late November 1954 and in December 1954 off both the Coral Sea and the Randolph. [Kenneth Wooster]
  7. There was an incident on the USS Randolph in which LCDR Jim Stafford dropped in a plane from some height for a very hard landing, damaging the wing spar or some of the connections to it. I believe that a large piece of sheet metal was riveted across the shoulder of the plane and he flew it off to Marseilles from where it was put on a barge and brought back to O & R in the States. I am 99% certain that the plane was 134037, and that may explain why it stops appearing in my flight log after December. [Kenneth Wooster]
  8. Appears in VAH-7 colors in a photo sent by me on 2 July 2005 from John Watkins of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and formerly of VAH-7. Unfortunately the image of 134037 in flight does not show the side number. The picture was taken during the 1957 Med Cruise aboard USS Lake Champlain (CVA 39).
  9. Assigned to VAH-15, with side number 11, after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
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134038 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Aug 53, Sep 1953, Oct 1953, Dec 1953. [Ralph Cox]
134039 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Aug 1953, October 1953, Nov 1953, Dec 1953, Mar 1954, May 1954, Jun 1954, and Aug 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in November 1953, December 1953, June 1954, and August 1954.[Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This was the plane that took me to England for my very first time. On June 7, 1954 White/Wooster/Montecalvo made a simulated bombing run from Port Lyautey on the RBS site at London. We landed at Manston RAF base in Manston, spent the evening in Ramsgate and the night on the RAF base, and returned to Port Lyautey the next day. Some forty years later I rediscovered the pub that we visited that evening. [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
134040 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox in December 1953 and February 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O. W. McGuire in December 1953 and January 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in November 1953, December 1953, and January 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. Quite possibly this plane bore side number FG/5 in VC-9. Indications are that it was transferred to VC-5 after February 1954 and before 15 April 1954.
  5. This aircraft was lost in a crash off the starboard catapult of the USS Coral Sea on 8 November 1954. The Plane Commander LT Leon Rex Grover, the B/N LTJG Garth Garreau, and the Third Crewman AT2 B[illie]. D. "Bulldog" Patterson were all killed. Only Patterson's body was recovered.
134041 AJ-2
  1. Operated by VJ-61 for a short period of time. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1953 at North Island. The last entry was July 1957 at North Island.
  3. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 16 December 1953. The latest appearance is 5 January 1954. [William F. Swegle]
134042 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Aug 1953. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in January 1955 in a couple of flights from the Randolph. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1956 at North Island. It appears again at North Island in June 1957. The last entries were August 1957 aboard CVA-33 and at North Island.
  5. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 4 May 1956 during the time when he returned to VAH-6 for ACTDUTRA at NAS North Island as an active reservist. [William F. Swegle]
  6. Photo with VAH-16 markings and side number 4 refueling VMCJ-3 F9F-8P over the sea of Japan. [Ginter, p. 111]
  7. Two photos bearing VAH-16 markings and side number 4. The first one shows the plane refueling two USAF Super Sabres. The second shows it on the ground without tip tanks. [Ginter, p. 112]
  8. The VAH-16 pictures are between January 1958 and February 1959, the years that VAH-16 existed. [Kenneth Wooster]
134043 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Oct 1953 and Nov 1953. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in November 1953 and December 1953. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. In VC-9 this plane bore side number 9. [from a photo owned by Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 28 January 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  5. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1955 at North Island. The last entry was February 1956 at North Island.
  6. Photo: "VAH-7 AJ-2 134043 refuels VF-62 FJ-3M. Aircraft carry the "AP" tail code of Air Task Group 201 (ATG-201). The Savage was assigned to Det 45, which sailed aboard the USS Essex with two sister AJs when CVA-9 left the Med and joined the 7th Fleet during the Formosa Crisis." [Ginter, p. 103]
  7. In the ATG-201 photo 134043 bears the number "501" on the side of its nose with a small "E" beneath the "501." [Kenneth Wooster]
  8. On the site http://aeroweb.brooklyn.cuny.edu/specs/northam/aj-2.htm I found the following message (slightly edited) posted, on 29 June 2005, by John Watkins of Melbourne Beach, FL:
    . . . (VAH-7) Med cruise CVA 39 1957. One event that stands out in 1957 we were trapped in a box canyon on a low level mission over Turkey. This was to stay below radar. Rain storms and very low ceiling. The only way out was 180 degree turn but not enough room so at about 90 degrees max climb and lighting the J 33 and max power into the soup right away. The AJ having been trapped in box canyon was climbing max power when we hit something we could not see in the soup. On top at about 17k and could see stb wing sheared off just outboard wing fold. Thanks to flying skill of LT Ken Enney we made to Istanbul. In contact with another AJ to meet us there but they got lost Bulgaria and got to Istanbul after us but they came close to being shot down cold war etc. Thanks to Ken Enney having contacts in high places we spent the next few weeks in the presidental suite at the Hilton. I have the front page of the Istanbul newspaper showing several photos of AJ 2 134043 with wing off.
134044 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1953 at North Island. The last entry was February 1955 at North Island.
  2. Photo on 3 October 1957 bearing VAH-6 markings and side number 9. It is identified as being from CVG-14 and is shown refueling a VFP-61 F9F-8P photo Cougar. [Ginter, p. 97]
  3. Photo at Alameda, California, 20 August 1960 bearing VAH-16 markings. Only the top of the tailfin shows in the picture, so the side number cannot be determined. The photo must be after the disestablishment of VAH-16 in February 1959. [Ginter, p. 111]
134045 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Sep 1953, Oct 1953, Nov 1953, Jun 1954, Jul 1954, Aug 1954, Nov 1954, and Feb 1955. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. Weber/McGuire flew this plane across the Atlantic both going to and returning from VC-9's first deployment to Port Lyautey, and, of course, O. W. was in the plane during its final flight. See below. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in November 1953, May 1954,  June 1954, August 1954, October 1954, and November 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. O. W. McGuire has reported to me that he believes that 134045 was the plane that he "went swimming" in. Apparently on a long overwater flight the fuel from the tip tanks would not transfer and the plane commander, LCDR Henry DeWitt, had to ditch. My best reconstruction of a timeline tells me that this was very early 1955. The third crewman was AL3 McAnally. (See also the message from Ralph Cox below.) [Kenneth Wooster]
  5. Ralph Cox has written:
    BuNo134045 was the plane MacInnis, I, Harry Scholtz took off into the pre-dawn hours of July 30, 1954, from the Coral Sea. We were barely off the catapult when Mac had to feather the left engine for high oil temp. The door on the air intake to the cooler had hung shut. We went to Nice, very close by, and buzzed the airfield at very high speed with one feathered and the jet burning, and must have made quite a sight. The field was not open nor in communcation for some time yet in the early morning. All it was used for was for small tourist planes, I think. We landed, got repairs from the ship or from a P2V -the latter I think- and returned to Coral Sea the next day. Did I read the comments on the list right that Mac McGuire rode the same plane down east of Sanford in the Atlantic? I won the pool we got up for nearest estimate of time it floated. Seems like that was more than 12 minutes, I estimated the highest time below the actual time.
    [Ralph Cox]
  6. BuNo 134045 appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox  on February 3 and 4, 1955, but not after that, implying that the ditching occurred some time after February 4. [Ralph Cox]
  7. O. W. "Mac" McGuire's account of the ditching follows:
    Concerning BuNo 134045: Lcdr Hank DeWitt, AL3 McAnally and I ditched it about 300 miles east of Daytona due to a fuel shortage because the fuel tip tanks would not transfer. Ralph was kind enough to ask about the experience so it gives me a chance to tell a "sea story." Fate was kind to us that day. Our mission was to drop some sort of photo flare as an intruder on a carrier group southwest of Bermuda. I think we did that, but I'm not sure. We knew we had questionable tip tank fuel transfer. As I recall the AJ-1 had a visual, pop-up, indicator that showed the amount of fuel in a tip tank. We knew they were not transferring at low level, but pressed on knowing that sometimes they transferred at higher altitudes. We thought they had begun to transfer so chose to try to return to Sanford rather than divert to Bermuda. We were wrong. Back at low altitude, it became obvious that we did not have enough fuel to reach Sanford. We might have made the beach at Daytona, but it was marginal and would have been near dark. We had overflown a merchantman on our way out. I had plotted it on my map and relocated it on the return trip. We chose to ditch alongside the merchantman. By this time we were in company with a P2V from a Jax squadron who also had had some mission relative to the carrier group.
    We circled the merchantman and as we crossed his bow we dropped the still full tip tanks to try to let him know we had problems. Fortunately, he was headed nearly into the wind. As we started our landing approach, wheels up of course, the merchantman went into a violent turn, creating a beautiful slick for us to land in. (Remember this was only about 10 years after WW II. The captain of the merchantman was a Greek. He had been bombed several times during WW II. When we dropped our tip tanks off his bow, he thought we were bombing him, had missed and were making another run on him. His "evasive action" smoothed out the swells and made our landing much smoother.) The landing was quite smooth with deceleration similar to a carrier landing. The P2 reported that it looked like the AJ had ejection seats, we got out so quickly. DeWitt and I went out our side canopy windows and immediately into the water. I remember having to push away from the airplane, it was being so "friendly." McAnally went out the overhead hatch above his seat and ran down the wing before jumping into the water. He was a tall, skinny guy and my impression was he took only about two steps before he reached the wing tip. He was really stretching out.
    The merchantman put a boat in the water and picked us up very shortly. We remained overnight and were high-lined to a destroyer the next day. We spent about 5 days on the destroyer and ended up in Newport. Another irony was that the weather was extremely rough on the destroyer and Hank DeWitt had previously served in destroyers and had gone to aviation because of his susceptibility to seasickness.
    [O.W. McGuire]
134046 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Feb 1954, Mar 1954, May 1954, and Jun 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log book of Kenneth Wooster for November 1953, December 1953, March 1954, June 1954, July 1954, and September 1954 (off Coral Sea). Appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in December 1954 (off Randolph), January 1955 (off Randolph) February 1955 (off Randolph and on return flight home from deployment), and March 1955. The preceding seems to indicate that the plane was initially assigned to VC-9 and then was transferred to VC-5 at the time of VC-5's deployment in September 1954. Could the transfer actually have occurred in Lyautey or was the plane brought home from Lyautey by VC-9 and then immediately taken back by VC-5? [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1956 at North Island. The last entry was March 1956 at North Island.
  4. Photo bearing VAH-6 markings and side number 9 on 3 October 1957. The plane is identified as "from CVG-14" and it is refueling a VFP-61 photo Cougar. [Ginter, p. 97]
134047 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 15 February 1954. The latest appearance is 20 July 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1954 at North Island. The last entry was October 1954 at North Island.
  3. Photo bearing VAH-16 markings and side number 28 refueling a VF-64 F3H-2M Demon armed with Sparrows and Sidewinders over the Pacific. [Ginter, p. 112]
  4. Photo bearing VAH-16 markings and side number 9 at NAS Alameda on 20 August 1960, after the disestablishment of VAH-16. [Ginter, p. 111]
134048 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 2 August 1954. The latest appearance is 3 May 1956, during the time when Bill returned to VAH-6 for ACDUTRA at NAS North Island as an active reservist. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1954 at North Island. Yhe plane operated off CVA-33 in October 1957. The last entry was December 1957 aboard CVA-33.
134049 AJ-2
  1. Photo with NATC markings, side number 049 and "FT" for Flight Test just above the side number. The picture was taken at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. on 15 May 1954. [Ginter, p. 58]
  2. Photo with NATC markings and side number 049. The plane is shown during bomb handling tests aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14). The plane has "FT" for Flight Test painted just above the side number. [Ginter, p. 58]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was July 1955 at Atsugi and aboard USS Oriskany. The plane was abord USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) in September 1957. The last entry was January 1958 aboard CVA-33.
  4. "I served aboard the USS Lexington (CVA 16) from April to October 1957 with Detachment Golf, VAH 6 out of NAS North Island, San Diego. The AJ-2's we had were #8 (Bu#13049?), #16 (Bu# not known) and #21 (Bu#134049). I was a Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class." [Bill McCutcheon gw182@comcast.net, found as a message at bottom of file http://www.aero-web.org/specs/northam/aj-2.htm]
134050 AJ-2
  1. Assigned to HATU. [Ginter, p. 62]
134051 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Jan 1954, Jun 1954, and Sep 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appers in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in March 1954, April 1954, June 1954, August 1954, October 1954, and November 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This a/c appears in the VAH-7 flight log of b/n Bill Sowell while he was in Det 36 aboard the USS Randolph during the June 1957 to February 1958 deployment of VAH-7. [Bill Sowell]
  5. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
134052 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in December 1954, January 1955 (off Randolph), and April 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  2. Photo with VAH-7 markings and side number 5 taking the wire during the Forrestal's shakedown cruise in March 1956. [Ginter, p. 99]
  3. Photo with VAH-7 markings in 1957. [Ginter, p. 101]
  4. This a/c appears in the VAH-7 flight log of b/n Bill Sowell while he was in Det 36 aboard the USS Randolph during the June 1957 to February 1958 deployment of VAH-7. [Bill Sowell]
  5. Photo with VAH-7 markings and nose number 405 on 17 May 1958 at Sanford, Florida. In this picture the plane also carries a "5" underneath the horizontal tail planes and just forward of the rudder. [Ginter, p. 102]
  6. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
  7. This plane bore side number 5 during its service in VAH-15 at Norfolk. The third crewman was P. J. Imhof (daddypaddy@cox.net) and the plane captain was ADR1 Dean. [entry from P. J. Imhof at http://www.aero-web.org/specs/northam/aj-2.htm]
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134053 AJ-2
  1. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
  2. Photo with markings of VAH-15 and side number 4 refueling VF-14 F3H-2M Demons from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) in 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
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134054 AJ-2
  1. Appears in VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in March 1955 and early April 1955. [Kenneth Wooster]
  2. Transferred from VC-5 to VC-6 in April 1955. The plane is in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster on 4 April 1955 from and to San Diego as we were waiting for the proper conditions for Operation Teapot to proceed. After the operation we left our AJ-2s on the west coast, presumably for VC-6,  and returned to Sanford via military air transport.[Kenneth Wooster]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was November 1955 at North Island. The last entry was November 1955 at North Island.
134055 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Apr 1954 and Jun 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in March 1954, May 1954, September 1954 and October 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
134056 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. In December 1953 there was a 12.3 hr. flt from SDV to BBP, a 10.5 hr. flt from BBP to KWAJ, a 6.9 hr. flt from KWAJ to Guam, and a 7.0 hr. flt from Guam to Atsugi. The last entry was Septmber 1957 on USS Kearsarge.
  2. Photo with VC-6 markings and side number 10 at Mines Field, California on 24 June 1956. [Ginter, p. 87]
134057 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was December 1953 in Atsugi, Japan. The last entry was June 1954 at Atsugi.
134058 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was January 1954 at Atsugi. It appears also in February 1954 aboard USS Yorktown and at Atsugi. The last entry was July 1955 at Atsugi.
  2. Photo with VC-6 markings and side number 12 is shown as it is lowered to the hangar deck on number 2 elevator of the USS Yorktown (CVA-10) on 8 February 1954. [Ginter, p. 84]
  3. This a/c appears in the VAH-7 flight log of b/n Bill Sowell while he was in Det 36 aboard the USS Randolph during the June 1957 to February 1958 deployment of VAH-7. [Bill Sowell]
  4. Photo with VAH-7 markings and nose number 41_ partially obscured in 1957. [Ginter, p. 101]
134059 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 8 December 1953. The latest appearance is 13 November 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was January 1955 at North Island. The last entry was July 1955 at Atsugi.
134060 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1954 at North Island. The last entry was February 1955 at North Island.
  2. Photo with VC-6 markings and side number 5 refueling a VF-124 F7U-3. No date is given. [Ginter, p. 87]
  3. Written off 10 January 1957. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  4. Underwater wreckage found November 2006 in 72 meters of water in the South China Sea, just a little to the North of Subic Bay off the Island of Luzon.
  5. I requested the accident report in November 2006 and received it in May 2007. Assigned to VAH-6 Det A, the plane had over-speeding props and engine failure while on a routine bombing practice flight out of NAS Cubi Point. The plane was ditched in approximately 40 fathoms of water near the Los Frailes Islands. The crew survived, although the bombardier suffered a laceration on his inner left leg, apparently from contact with the tracking lever of the MK 97 computer upon impact. The crew were LCDR Jess R. Rowland, ENS Jack (n) Lanning Jr., and Lon O. Thomas, AN.
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134061 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was July 1954 at North Island. The last entry was June 1956 at North Island.
  2. ComAirPac Bulletin Vol. 5 No. 2 dated August 1954 shows a tail picture of our VC-6 aircraft with the A/C Number 134061; Side number 16. [Robert Foster]
  3. The MACH 2 plastic model in 1/72 scale comes with decals for VC-6 markings (NF, BuNo 134061, and side number 16). Instructions for the paint color is the post-1955 light gray and white. [Kenneth Wooster]
134062 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 8 June 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was September 1954 at North Island. The aircraft operated in Operation Steam aboard USS Hancock (CVA-19) from September 28 to October 1, 1954. The last entry was June 1957 at North Island.
134063 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Mar 1954 and Oct 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster February 1954, March 1954, July 1954, and October 1954. [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
134064 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-5 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in November 1954 (Coral Sea), December 1954 (Coral Sea), January 1955 (Randolph), and February 1955 (Randolph). [Kenneth Wooster]
134065 AJ-2
  1. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of Ralph Cox for Mar 1954, Jul 1954, and Aug 1954. [Ralph Cox]
  2. Appears in the VC-9 flight log of O.W. McGuire at least once in the period preceding, during and following their first deployment, April 1954 to September 1954. [O.W. McGuire]
  3. Appears in VC-9 flight log of Kenneth Wooster in March 1954 (during ORI at Norfolk). [Kenneth Wooster]
  4. This a/c appears in the VAH-7 flight log of b/n Bill Sowell while he was in Det 36 aboard the USS Randolph during the June 1957 to February 1958 deployment of VAH-7. [Bill Sowell]
  5. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
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134066 AJ-2  
134067 AJ-2
  1. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
134068 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 12 May 1954. The latest appearance is 30 June 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was October 1955 at Atsugi, aboard USS Oriskany and aboard USS Essex (CVA-9). The last entry was January 1956 at North Island.
134069 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 27 April 1954. The latest appearance is 17 November 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. Three photos with VC-6 markings, side number 13, and "Use our gas or  go to Shell" painted on its nose. The photos are taken in November 1954 during refueling training with Hawaiian based carriers. [Ginter, p. 85] In his captions of these three photographs, Ginter has incorrectly identified this aircraft as 134089. That, of course, was not an AJ-2 number, and when one looks very carefully at the upper picture it can be seen to be 134069. [Kenneth Wooster]
  3. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was December 1954 at North Island. The last entry was December 1954 at North Island.
  4. Photo with VAH-6 markings and side number 13 preparing to launch from USS Essex (CVA-9) in October 1956 [Ginter, p. 95]
  5. Assigned to VAH-15 after establishment of that squadron in January 1958. [Ginter, p. 110]
  6. This aircraft appears in the VAH-15 flight log of James Fannon on 29 September 1958, 7 November 1958, 4 December 1958, 1 February 1959 and 4 February 1959. The February flights were en route to Litchfield Park via NAS Dallas. At the time he, having finished flight training in July 1958, was a junior officer and naval aviator.
  7. BuNo 134069 was one of three AJ-2s used for weightless training. "The National Aerounautics and Space Administration or NASA needed to find an aircraft which could be used as a weightlessness simulator for the early Space program's fledgling Astronauts. They settled on the AJ-2 Savage because the price was right and its bomb bay was large enough to accommodate the test. Three AJ-2s were bailed to NASA for the program and were used from January 1960 through September 1964. The aircraft were put in outdoor storage for a number of years and then turned over to the airport fire brigade and burnt up during fire fighting demonstrations." [Ginter, p. 124]
  8. All the spare parts owned by NASA were also burned, temporarily frustating the Avco-Lycoming folks in their search for parts when renovating 130418. [Ginter, p. 116]
  9. Photo (at bottom of page) shows the plane with NASA markings and side number 230 during its testing days. [Ginter, p. 124]
  10. Photo (mid-page) with NASA markings and side number 230 in outdoor storage in Columbus, Ohio on 29 April 1965. [Ginter, p. 124]
134070 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle on 26 April 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. Written off 1 March 1955. [John Withers via Joe Baugher's web site]
  3. In July 2008 I received two emails from Charles W. Plummer chasplum5@gwi.net.
    In the first he said, "My name is Charles Plummer and I served in VC-6 from 1953 to 1956. I was a third crewman flying with Lt. Mickelich doing carrier qualifications on the USS Essex on March 1, 1955. After getting catapulted off the ship and reaching an altitude of about a thousand feet we lost the starboard engine and crashed into the sea. This was off the coast of Japan. We were both rescued by helicopter. He was injured quite badly and immediately flown to a hospital in Japan. I was kept in sickbay overnight and flown back to our base, NAS Atsugi, the next morning."
    In the second he said, "The date we crashed was March 1, 1955, the aircraft was NF-14, and the Bureau Number was 134070. My injuries were not serious, some cuts, bruises, and abrasians and I suffered from hypothermia. I was flown back to Atsugi in an AD-4N aircraft. I was flying again on March 14. The sad part of the story is that I never saw Lt. Mickelich again and I have always wondered what happened to him.
134071 AJ-2
  1. This A/C appears in the VC-6 flight log of Bill Swegle. The earliest appearance is 17 May 1954. The latest appearance is 15 June 1954. [William F. Swegle]
  2. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was June 1954 at North Island. In June 1955 the plane was in VC-6 Det A aboard the USS Midway. The last entry was December 1956 at Atsugi.
  3. Photo with VAH-6 markings and side number 19 landing aboard the USS Essex (CVA-9) in September 1956. [Ginter, p. 96]
  4. There is a photo on page 111 of Ginter of VAH-16 aircraft taken at Litchfield Park on 21 March 1960 after the disestablishment of VAH-16. In the photo protruding above the fuselage of 134047 is a partially visible tail that MAY bear the number 134071. [Kenneth Wooster]
134072 AJ-2
  1. This aircraft appears in the VC-6 flight log of Roy Williams. The first entry was March 1955 at Atsugi. The last entry was July 1957 at North Island.
  2. Photo with VAH-6 markings and side number 20 landing on the USS Lexington (CVA-16) on 18 July 1956. [Ginter, p. 95]
  3. Photo with VAH-6 markings and side number 20 being catapulted off the USS Lexington (CVA-16) on 18 July 1956. [Ginter, p. 96]
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134073 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]
134074 AJ-2P  
134075 AJ-2P
  1. Operated by VJ-61. [Ginter, p. 63]
  2. Appears in the VJ-61 flight log of Fred Carment Jr. in August 1954, October 1954, December 1954, June 1955, and July 1955, principally at Miramar. [Fred Carment Jr.]
  3. Operated by VAP-61. [Ginter, p. 66]

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