An air-launched, self-recovering autonomous vehicle concept by J. W. Rutherford, V. F. Wells

By J. W. Rutherford, V. F. Wells

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Boy did that get my attention! "We were flying straight away from the coast about as fast as a turtle crawls. Nothing to do then but wait and see what their intentions were. I was damned happy when I recognized they weren't lined up directly on our tail- and me. They flew by us on either side about 200 knots faster than we were going. Talk about feeling naked! I felt like I was in the water with a couple of sharks looking me over before taking the first bite. They 91 "A month later, I got to take some photos.

Navy seaplane in SP5B, BuNo 135533, from NAS North Island. This flight was a "flypast" over the base to mark not only the last operational flight of a Martin flying boat but also the end of the Navy's 56 years of continuous seaplane operations. BuNo 135533 made one more flight eight months later, on 8 July 1968, with a select crew, from San Diego to the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, where it was formally turned over to the Smithsonian Institution. In storage until 1976, this aircraft was then shipped to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, 101 NAS Pensacola, FL, where it is on loan from the Smithsonian for permanent display.

VP-40, which had relieved VP-47, operated detachments from Salisbury Sound at Ko Sumai, Thailand, and from Currituck at DaNang, South Vietnam. VP-50 relieved VP-40 in August and operat- 1966: VP-50 deploy d t Point on 23 August, and th six ircraft VP-48 had operated were transferred to VP-50. From August until February 1967, VP-50 maintained a Market Time detachment at Cam Ranh Bay aboard Currituck. On 15 November, VP-48 transitioned to the P-3 Orion. Above, VP-48 SP-5B aboard the USS Pine Island (AV-12) on 12 February 1963.

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