USS Constellation - 1966
A close family friend recently shared some photos that appear to be from the Iejima, a small island NW of Okinawa, circa 1945. The original prints are in pretty rough shape but still quite excellent and with their permission, I'm sharing them with the group. Most appear to have been taken after a storm that damaged, or flipped, many aircraft.
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VF-161 F-4B Phantom II, BuNo 152304, comes aboard USS Constellation (CV-64) during her first visit to the South China Sea. This aircraft was lost to a MiG-17 on Nov 19, 1967 (during Constellation's second visit to the area).
E-2A Hawkeye, BuNo 151723, taxies aboard USS Constellation (CV-64). Also pictured: RA-5C (149294), F-4B (150477), and F-4B (152315 - lost Sep 19, 1966). In this busy picture, there are five F-4s, eight, A-4s, five A-6s, and one each A-5 and E-2.
A-4E, BuNo 152068, about to catch the wire. This aircraft would be lost during a takeoff accident at Chu Lai during 1968 with the loss of the pilot.
A-6A, BuNo 151824, having just released the arresting wire begins to taxi to parking. After conversion to KA-6D configuration, this aircraft was lost in 1975 while operating from USS Midway.
A-6A, BuNo 151826, sits behind the blast shield as another Intruder launches for a mission over South Vietnam. F-4s sit along the starboard cat as A-4s wait their turn to take off.
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 SH-2F Seasprite, BuNo 149744, lifts off. This aircraft would be lost during 1984 while operating from USS Vogue, FF1047. To the right are four McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, ready to launch. Visible are: A-4E BuNo. 151054, and A-4E BuNo. 152068 (lost during takeoff accident, May 24, 1968), and two unidentified earlier models of the Skyhawk.