(1/24/17) A good video of: McDonnell F2H-2P photo Banshee ---This video shows construction details, flight scenes, and good orientation of VFP-62's first photo jet.--Courtesy Ken Killmeyer, CVA 59 Historian
Greg Engler VFP-62 AT2 tours USS George Washington CVN73
Guess who was able to tour the USS George Washington a couple weeks ago for his 75th birthday. He also got to the bridge and sat in the Captains seat. A member of the US House of Representatives made the arrangements as a surprise for his birthday.
Top Row (L-R): Greg, family and guides; In Captains Chair; Going aboard Bottom (L-R) Touring bridge; Congressional Recognition; painting George Washington
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Boeing will complete the F/A-18s modernization at Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field near Jacksonville, Fla.
The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is facing a critical shortage of operational fighters.
In fact the Marine Corps aviation is pushing the so-called “C+ Program” a plan that will see Boeing taking 30 retired F/A-18C Hornets and upgrade them to the most state-of-the-art platform, creating the F/A-18C+ to maintain the combat ready status of its aged fleet of F/A-18 Hornets until the F-35 Lightning II is fielded in numbers.---via "The Aviation Geek Club" on Facebook
[Webmaster: Looks like our hangar 67 to me.]
Reunion Announcements and Information
USS FORRESTAL 2017 Reunion in Northern Virginia Official Dates: July 24th through July 29th
Reunion hotel information:
HYATT REGENCY DULLES
2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard,
Herndon, VA 20171
Reservations by phone: 1-888-421-1442 toll free or 402-592-6464 non-toll free
*Reservation Instructions: You must tell them you are making reservations for the Hyatt Regency Dulles and mention you are with the USS FORRESTAL Group.
Room rate for double or single occupancy is $115 plus taxes; our contracted rate is available from July 24th to the 31st and includes breakfast.
**Rate is also available (based on availability at time of your reservation) for a period of 3 days prior and 3 days post above official contracted reunion dates and also includes breakfast.
Room reservation cutoff date is July 3, 2017 Any problems or questions with your hotel reservations, please call: Brian Forrester 480-332-7294 firstname.lastname@example.org
More USS FORRESTAL 2017 REUNION INFO ON TOURS and EVENTS will be in future issues of USS FORRESTAL Association Spot Sheet and posted on : USS FORRESTAL Website
(10/14/16) [Webmaster: Forrestal 2016 Reunion Update]: Underway Sun. (10-2) morning for Charleston. On radio, mention of Tropical Storm firming up into Hurricane in southern Caribbean, could be headed for east coast of FL. and up coast of GA. SC. NC., something to look forward to. All the talk on radio next 3 days was this.
Arrived Charleston, Mon. afternoon. Walked around Battery Park and Seawall Walk. Steady breeze out of NE. Hurricane about 300 mi S Haiti. Drove over to Mt. Pleasant, secured motel room for night.
Tues. morning drove around Sullivans Is. and Isle of Palms. Then visited Ft. Moultrie and visitors center. Winds still steady, stronger more easterly. Hurricane moving over Haiti.
Arrive Marriott North Charleston late Tue. afternoon and check in. Find out from somebody usually in know told me all tours cancelled (true). Welcome Aboard gathering and Sat. Banquet still on as planned. At hospitality room talked to several people till about 2200. Matthew over Haiti, Charleston weather pleasant.
Gov. Haley on TV announcing evacuation of barrier islands, Charleston to be closed and I 26 out of Charleston to change over to all lanes NB, no SB into Charleston on Wed. (next day).
Wed. morning. Matthew approaching Bahamas, Charleston weather pleasant. Down to breakfast. Managed to avoid the health food line and over do on the good stuff. Talked to fellow at table for about 2 hrs. Few people talked about leaving early, most planned on staying. Thought about visiting "Patriots Point", found out from website closed due to approaching weather. Local restaurants supposedly closing, leaving only hotel restaurant. With nothing much to do for next 3 1/2 decided to head for Indianapolis.
Underway from hotel parking lot about 1330 and got in queue for Columbia, 100 miles N on I 26. Most NB exits closed. Even ! 95 interchange closed to exit or entering traffic and beginning to close SB exits so entire interstate is NB.
After going from stopped to 60 mph at various times, arrived Columbia area about 4+ hrs. later. Stayed overnight north of Columbia and arrived home about 2130 Thur.
Saw on TV Sat., Charleston downtown and Battery Park, right where we were Mon., flooded and power out in most of city, and damage at Sullivans Is.
Remember post hurricane excitement from Isabell at Virginia Beach and now pre hurricane excitement from Matthew.
The hotel was just out of major yard period and update. Reopened as Marriott day we checked in. We were sort of recommissioning crew, should have received certificate.
A rich website specially created to provide Sailors of all eras the opportunity to not only locate Shipmates from the past, but also to provide a unique venue to enjoy the camaraderie of others who served through the sharing of memories and photographs. "Together We Served" is a neat site populated by present and former sailors and officers. But only a few of the over 400,000 who have signed up have noted an affiliation with VFP-62 -- six to be exact. There are two types of membership - free and full, which costs $20/year, $45 for three years and $125 for a lifetime. If you join please credit Marion Swinford or Jim Brumm.
Free site to join. The site has a good Buddy Finder, military news updates, videos, and a VFP-62 group to join. Military.com Periodic emails are sent to keep you informed.