Farm Boy to Seaplanes

by Amos V. Mack, ABHI/NCI USN. Ret 1955-1975 I would like to dedicate this story to my son Mitchell Mack and grandson Michael Gonzalez. Both are ex-sailors and members of the MMA. This is probably not the typical news letter story but I feel it proves that a seventeen year old farm boy from GA. […]

Vietnam Recalled

by J R Taylor , ATN2, 2nd Tech, Crew 5, VP 50 About a thousand years ago I joined the Navy right out of high school for many reasons. Adventure, sure. To get out of the place I grew up in, sure. But mostly I was just sick of going to school and wanted something […]

The Last Flight of the Convair R3Y Tradewind Seaplane 1958

by E. Ross Gibbs – M/MA Member The first day of January, 1958, I was transferred from VP-50 at N.A.S in Oak Harbor, Washington to N.A.S in Alameda, California to VR-2 for duty. I was assigned to power plants maintenance with additional orders for assignment to R3Y flight engineer school in March of 1958. The […]

VP–56ers REUNITE IN NORFOLK: A Seaplane Story by Russ Farris

Members of VP–56, circa 1955–1960, met in Norfolk, Va. last October to rekindle memories, share sea stories, and pay tribute to shipmates both living and departed.  Although few in number but high in spirit, the group toured Norfolk Naval Station, enjoyed refreshments in the hotel Ready Room and dined together at the Free Mason Tavern […]

You Never Know who Lives Next Door

By Bill Teixeira, Titusville FL. Navy Veteran Robert Stuart Burgoyne World War II who served in the US Naval Air Corps passed away on Sunday December 21, 2014 at age 90. Born on December 7th War II at 19 years old in 1943, and was assigned to the US Naval Air Corps Navy. Joining the […]

The Seamaster Remembered

By Commander William L. Murphy, USN (Ret.) From Naval Aviation News December 1981 “Comes now into the Domain of Poseidon a new winged Navy vehicle with unsurpassed dash, elusiveness and lethal power…” So read the certificate presented to those naval aviators who have qualified in the P6M Seamaster, the world’s first multijet flying boat. I […]