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  1. Tragic news! Mark and I had corresponded before in the past regarding several schemes that eventually made it onto his wonderfully diverse & detailed decal sheets. So sorry for his family's loss and what it likely means for the Wolfpak brand. -Scoobs
  2. Pre-ordered one myself from cyber-hobby.com - always wanted to build a Saturn IB as my old man was Officer Of the Deck (OOD) aboard USS Hornet (CVS-12) during the AS-202 capsule recovery off Wake Island in August 1966. Dad's got some good stories about this recovery and recently did a write-up on it for the USS Hornet Sea Air Space Museum. Hadn't heard a peep from Cyber-Hobby folks in months so I followed up - guess I now have a "partial order" in bound from China which might have this long overdue kit. -Scoobs
  3. Good to hear - you might yet have better luck with the Navy archives, but in all likelihood they're pulling from the same squadron war diaries and AARs that are now available on sites like Fold3.com. Undoubtedly such records documenting individual aircraft numbering & marking once existed at the squadron level, but they were likely chucked at "non-essential" at the end of the war. As mentioned, I got lucky in researching my Dad's cousin, a backseater in night attack TBMs, who was KIA over Taiwan in early 1945 - his AAR lists the side numbers of all the Avengers involved. Great find for
  4. For what it's worth - VC-81's Aircraft After-Action Report (AAR) for the 3 March 1945 strike against Chichi Jima (same island of George H.W. Bush fame). Confirms that LT(jg) Huston was flying FM-2 BuNo 74037 at the time of his death, although unfortunately no details regarding the side number. Having spent a considerable amount of time researching the activities of two relatives who flew for the USN in the Pacific War, it's pretty rare at this late date to find documentation matching individual BuNos to squadron side numbers, short of a match between a known photograph & individual aviat
  5. Also caught an advanced screening this weekend and concur with this overall positive assessment. I went into it with some pretty high standards - used to fly off aircraft carriers and my grandfather was a Navy dive bomber pilot who flew in the Pacific and trained under Midway veterans - and feared for the worst. Yes, the CGI is dialed up pretty high and the film covers a lot of ground in only two hours but the film makers stick (mostly) to actual events and acknowledge the real life heroes. There are the inevitable CGI mistakes that will likely drive modelers nuts but it's still better than
  6. Something's brewin in the paint shop up in Fallon.... https://theaviationist.com/2018/09/13/is-this-mavericks-new-f-a-18f-super-hornet-for-filming-top-gun-sequel/
  7. Well that didn't take long for schedules to go awry - getting the movie ready to roll by next summer seemed highly optimistic to begin with. https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2018/08/30/top-gun-maverick-release-date-pushed-back-to-2020/
  8. Here's a great one from the recently disestablished Golden Hawks of VAW-112 - who doesn't love shark teeth??
  9. Ok, I'll bite - as a Hawkeye Guy with 13 years and counting in the old War Hummer, there's some colorful schemes from the 50+ years of E-2 service that would make great decal options in 1/72 or 1/48: VAW-125's E-2C from the Gulf War with MiG kill markings (not sure if this is actual aircraft from the mission but I know a guy who was in the squadron then and can confirm) VAW-116's Bicentennial E-2B VAW-117's high viz "Lemur Bird" E-2B E-2B of the Firebirds of VAW-110, the late, great West Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron
  10. Not ideal but the Connie cruisebook from 2003 has some decent photos. I'm a former Hawkeye guy and know a bunch of the aircrew from that cruise. https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv64-02/index_036.htm
  11. The "Captain America" Hawkeye is a E-2D (Seahawk 600) from VAW-126. I know this because a buddy of mine was the squadron's Maintenance Officer (and also a big comic book nerd) and was the creative mastermind behind the painting. Believe it was done last year - somewhere I've got some photos of the effort. -Scoobs
  12. In a word - No - at least not by American POW/MIA investigators. That's not not to say the crash site hasn't probably been picked over and scavenged at some point over the years by the North Koreans. In a country as small and totalitarian as North Korea, it's hard to imagine a crash site that held the remains of two "Yankee Imperialist Aggressor" warbirds would be left undisturbed for 60+ years. There's a military museum in Pyongyang that has the remains of several crashed F4Us on display - not sure if either of them is Brown's or Hudner's but I doubt it. As I recall the members of the squ
  13. Glad to hear all the aircrew involved were safely recovered. Today happened to be my first day back in the Hampton Roads area as a I checked into the E-2 / C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Norfolk for an aircrew refresher course. The squadron was pretty hectic for a bit as airborne Hawkeyes were re-tasked to support the SAR efforts. I'll leave it to the mishap investigators to determine what happened - but I suspect someone's gonna loose their wings. -Scoobs
  14. Grateful to hear the crew made it out OK. This makes for a bad string of bomber mishaps involving Guam, following on the heels of the fatal B-52 crash and the B-2 busted on takeoff, both in 2008. -Scoobs
  15. Wow - an impressive series of photos that speaks to me on several levels. I spent three years flying off that same runway (one of two) at NAS Patuxent River in E-2 Hawkeyes - fortunately none of my landings were that exciting. VW-2 and AETULANT were part of navy's land-based airborne early warning (AEW) community that supported the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line of airborne and sea-based radar systems intended to detect the hordes of Russian bombers coming over the horizon - the granddaddy of today's VAW community. I would suspect the C-121J pictured was used for logistical support and pi
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