Paul Filmer's 2011 blogGAR Entries

MAY 05 2011
NAS Whidbey Island

In the mean time we shot outside the fence for about 20 minutes until it was time to go inside the airfield. The sky was its typical white overcast being next to the sea while we were outside, but by the time we travelled through the gates the sun had come out.

The nice people at Whidbey had laid on a small static display, which included two Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) specially painted airframes. EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 is painted in a blue colour scheme that represents F4U-4 Corsairs that were based aboard the USS Shangri-La with Air Group 85 (VBF-85) during World War II.

The other CoNA aircraft was a P-3C painted to represent one of the two EP-3B aircraft that saw short service with Taiwan's "Black Bat" Squadron before being transferred to VQ-1 in Da Nang during the Vietnam War.

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