Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Hero Comes Home

Capt. Clyde William Campbell will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary on June 21.

Campbell was shot down on March 1, 1969, while flying A-1J 52-142023, assigned to the 602nd Special Operations Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing.  He was based at Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand.  He was on an armed recon mission near Na Khang, in central Laos.  He was attacking enemy forces in support of a US radar installation at the time.  His aircraft was seen to crash, and he did not get out of it.

Campbell was born in Longview, TX, and graduated from Texas A&M in 1967. 

His remains were found by a USAF search team in in 1997, and recovered by another team in 2009.

Welcome Home, Capt. Campbell ...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Navy Colors X - CONA and More

A few more colored up birds, some of them from the Centennial of Naval Aviation, others just plain good looking aircraft ...

VT-21 Redhawks' CAG T-45C 167099.  Specially painted for CONA.  Seen at the Dyess AFB open house in April.

VT-22's CAG T-45C 167100, seen taxiing at Luke AFB.  This scheme was applied for CONA.

P-3C 158206, representing PATWING 10, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island.  This CONA scheme represents the one carried by Navy Patrol Planes in the early Vietnam era.

VAQ-141's CAG Growler, trapping aboard the USS George Washington.

This wildly painted E-2C Hawkeye belongs to VAW-125.

VFA-2's CAG Super Hornet launching from a waist catapult.

All photos credit US Navy, except for 167099, which was taken by yours truly.