VAW-115 Liberty Bells - VMFP3 Eyes of the Corps

VAW-115 Liberty Bells - VMFP3 Eyes of the Corps











VAW-115 Liberty Squadron History

VMFP-3 Eyes of the Corps Squadron History

E-2 Libertybell in flight - Courtesy of Bob Kampel
E-2 Libertybell in flight - Courtesy of Chuck Moeller
E-2 Libertybell traps aboard - Chris Holvenstot photo
E-2 Libertybell landing from LSO platform - courtesy of George Brancato
RF-4B on the cat - courtesy of George Brancato
RF-4B landing from the LSO platform - courtesy of George Brancato
RF-4 on deck during sunrise 1
RF-4 on deck during sunrise 2
RF-4 cat shot
Pair of RF-4's in flight - Photo U.S. Navy
Recon pulls up to the cat
Recon shadows a Badger - USN photo
Recon traps aboard - USN photo
RF-4 and A-3 refuel from a KC-130 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
NC-8 hooked up to a RF-4 at MCAS Iwakuni 1976 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Recon and Switchbox aft of the island preparing to taxis 1976 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
VMFP-3 hanger at MCAS Iwakuni - courtesy of Keith Koepke
MCAS El Toro,Ca.This is a classic representation of (TN)VMCJ-3, (RM)VMCJ-1,(RF)VMFP-3.This was taken during a week where they had formal ceremonies of the retiring of the colors of the VMCJ - courtesy of Keith Koepke
COD on the "cat". Recon into the "slot" 1976 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Phantoms preparing for launch 1976 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Keith and a SGT.Gordy Elwell from Bennington,Vt. were responsible for towing these RF4B's into position. Where they are located, he boasted that you could hold your fist out and all 4 pitot tubes would touch it. Actual ceremonies disolving VMCJ-1, VMCJ-2, and VMCJ-3 and creating VMFP-3. MCAS El Toro, Col.M.Gering assuming command 8/25/75 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Newspaper article about the F9F-8. VMCJ-3's first recon aircraft - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Formal Ceremonial picture. L-R, VMFP-3 (RM) was VMCJ-1 out of MCAS Iwakuni, VMCJ-2 (CY) out of Cherry Point, and VMCJ-3 (TN) out of El Toro taken at El Toro - courtesy of Keith Koepke
NAS Cubi Point 5/77 - Loading film into a VMFP-3 RF-4B - courtesy of Keith Koepke
NAS Cubi Point 5/77 - RF-4B taxing - courtesy of Keith Koepke
USS Midway hanger bay 1977 - RF-4B with bicentennial paint scheme - courtesy of Keith Koepke
Marine barracks, MCAS Iwakuni. "Ben-jo bomber" MAG11 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
RF-4B photo of an active volcano on an island between Okinawa and Honshu, 8/77 - courtesy of Keith Koepke
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