From: Bill Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 3:25
To: Jack Adams; Cliff (USA) Freund; Russ Fredrick; Don Grove; Bert
Howard; Mac McComas; K. B. Sherman; Louis Tafoya; Mike Taylor
Last Saturday I visited the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS
Pensacola (for the umpteenth time) and went to the info desk to sign up for
the flight line tour. I asked this older Naval Aviator, a volunteer
working there, if I could tour the flight line to see "the real airplanes, the
P-2V's". He asked if I was a P-2 pilot and which squadrons to which I
answered VP-28, VP-2, and VP-1. He introduced himself as Bob Dimmit
and said he was Skipper of VP-1 in 1960. We had a great chat after that
and he got me on the overbooked flight line bus. I looked up a list of
VP-1 CO's that I have and sure enough there was R. E. Dimmit. Small
The P2V-7 looks good, no damage from Hurricane Ivan, although some of
the others still needed repairs; WV-2 missing an aileron and dorsal radome,
R4D-5 "Que Sera, Sera" on skis missing right wing, PB4Y-2 damaged empennage
and several others missing rudders and elevators. The P2V-1
"Truculent Turtle" was prepped for a paint job. The Museum is making a
nice comeback after the hurricane, with attendance really going up this
year. Last year there was no place for vacationers to stay, all the
habitable places were taken by construction workers as they rebuilt the Gulf
Coast, so the museum got hurt financially. Nearly everyone there now are
working as volunteers.
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