BuNo 128415 sitting on the tarmac at Kwajalein
during the summer of 1956.
At the time, VP-1 was participating in Operation Redwing (atomic bomb testing)
by patrolling prior to a test to ensure no unauthorized vessels were in the area
and taking radiation readings ("cloud chasing") after a test.
The squadron inventory was increased temporarily to twelve aircraft for this
particular operation with the three additional P2Vs outfitted for special radiation
monitoring. CD-8 was NOT one of the specially outfitted planes.
William L. Richards, jr. CDR, USN (Ret)