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Plenty  of VAQ-33 info can be found at the LINKS page.  Click here to check them out.  BRAND X

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Hi Joe
I have several you may be intereseted in.  This is the first.  It is of
138922.  It was taken in the spring of 1972 on the east line of LP-3 at Nas
Norfolk.  At that time it was GD-1 (A-3B).  It was one of the first A-3s that
VAQ-33 was assigned.  It was turned over by Douglas that was flying it under
contract for FEWSG.  It's sister was GD-2, 138968  (A-3B).  It was destroyed
in a crash on 10 Oct. ' 72 in Holland VA.  All three aboard were lost.

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Here is pic pic # 2  .  It is of 144832 taken in July of ' 76 on the line of
SP-31 at NAS Norfolk.  The nose # is GD-2.  I believe this was a ERA-3B.   
This replaced 138968 (lost).  The EA-4F in the pic was my bird.  I was plane
capt of GD-7 152869.  Did you know that there were only four EA-4Fs in the

Dave McKinney

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Lockheed NC-121K Constellation #141292
On display at the Florence (SC) Air and Missile Museum. (now closed)
This was the last of its species flying for the Navy. We hope to have a whole page on it soon.
Warmonger Photos - June 1997
(thanks to Coastal Computers for the use of the pictures)
For more pictures of VAQ-33's NC-121 please surf over to:
(they will piss you off when you see how "well" 141292 has been "taken care" of)
**Final Note:**
The Florence Air and Missile Museum has closed. The NC-121K was damaged during a grass / brush fire. The Naval Aviation Museum made the decision to scrap it in place. It was dismanteled and many parts were either sold for spare parts for other flyable C-121's and the rest was hauled off and sold for scrap.

End of the line for ex VAQ-33 EP-3J
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From the Worldwide P-3 Orion News Service (link is dead)
(17sep99)  Last year (1998) an unfortunate accident occurred during ground servicing of the cockpit oxygen system on one of  VQ-11's EP-3J's (ex VAQ-33 aircraft), resulting in a fire that destroyed the front of the aircraft. It was written off as a "strike aircraft" and 152745, was sold as scrap recently at NAS Brunswick after salvaging all usable parts off it. A large backhoe was used to "dismantle" it.

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VAQ-33 Spad
Picture by Michel Klaver

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VAQ-33 Whales
Pictures by Michel Klaver

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VAQ-33 Whales
Photo by Takafumi Hiroe

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VAQ-33  Rhinos
Pictures by Michel Klaver
In December 1976, the Navy approved the EF-4B designation for F-4Bs that were serving with VAQ-33 in support of the Navy's electronic warfare support effort. Long after most F-4Bs had been retired to storage, five F-4Bs remained serving with VAQ-33 as high-speed targets and as threat simulators to train radar operators. They were provided with electronics countermeasures pods and jammers carried underneath their wings. By the time the designation change was approved, the only F-4B remaining with VAQ-33 was BuNo 153070. The last EF-4B aircraft was finally retired in 1981.
A few F-4Js were modified for use by VAQ-33 in the "electronic aggressor" role with electronic countermeasures pods and jammers carried underneath their wings. When so modified, they were redesignated EF-4J
The last aircraft was finally retired in 1981.

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VAQ-33  Scooter
Picture by Michel Klaver

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Methuselah (not)
VAQ-33 Prowltruder EA-6A
Picture by Michel Klaver

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Here are a couple of pictures of VAQ-33 Whales from what looks like Comox, Canada.  Enjoy!
photos by Joe "Ace" Acerni
Click on the pictures for a large view

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VAQ-33 EA-4C with the VAQ-34 KA-3B Tanker
Photo provided by Nathan Swapp

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VAQ-33 ERA-3B  144832 out on the line at Mojave, Ca.  Waiting until called again...
Photo by Nathan Swapp