VP-56
NAME: Dragons
TAIL CODES: LQ (With P-2s)
Established: 2. March 1953 (with P5Ms)
Disestablished:  28. June 1991
Last updated: May 3, 2011
Changed format: November 20, 2001
First published: 30. January 1999.
Photos of 148352 added October 31, 2001.
Photo of 135550 added November 11, 2001.
New photo of 148352 added November 26, 2001.
Photo of 141248 added March 3, 2002.
Photo of 135550 added April 6, 2002.
Photo of 148344added May 31, 2002.
Two new photos of 148352 added August 02, 2002.
Photo of 145908 added October 19, 2002.
One new photo of 148352 and added and two older replaced on October 25, 2002.
One photo of 145920 replaced on November 28, 2002
Photo of 148344 added July 24, 2003.
Photo of 141238 added October 27, 2003.
New 1000 pixel photo of 135550 added March 1, 2004
New photo of 147951 and 145909 plus new 1000 pixel photos of
141235 and 148352 added March 7, 2004.
New photos of 142542, 148354 and Flightline added August 29, 2004.
New photo of LQ-3 added September 3, 2004.
Comment to formation photo of 145905, 145908 and 145920 added February 8, 2005.
New photos of 140978, 135550, 142543, 145908, 147950, 148344 and 148352 added March 20, 2005.
Photo of unknown LQ-7 identified as 148352 on March 21, 2005.
New 1000 pixel photos of 141238, 145905, 145909, 145915 and 145920 on November 10, 2008
Photos of 142543, 144681 and  148344 added January 25, 2010.
Photo of 145915 added March 9, 2010
Photo of 141235 added May 12, 2010
Photos of 144681 and 148352 added May 3, 2011.
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with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-56 as of November 20, 2001

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With P-2s                                    With P-3s
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SP-2H, 14???? LQ-3
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A beautiful photo by David Wilding of one of the VP-56 Neptunes that relieved VP-21 at Rota, Spain in July 1967. The BuNo can't be seen but from other sources I suspect it should be 141235 which according to my info was LQ-3 from sometime in 1966 to at least August 9, 1967. If someone can confirm this,  or otherwise let me know the correct BuNo, please contact me:
Baldur@verslo.is
New August 29, 2004
Now known to be 141235

SP-2H, 14???? LQ-6
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USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Courtesy VP-56.
Any information on the correct BuNo, which definately starts with 14 according to the magnifying glass.  Any help appreciated.

SP-2H, 148352 LQ-7
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14835? probably, USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Courtesy VP-56.
Any information on the correct BuNo, which definately starts with 1483 and the fourth number has to be a 5 according to the magnifying glass. The insignina on the nose is not the VP-56 one, but has a crown on it, like a RAF or a RCAF one. Any help appreciated.
Update 21. March 2005
The picture of LQ-7 top right on your site was taken at Brezzy Point NAS Norfolk. VP-56's hangar is to the right and out of the picture. VP-56 barracks are in the background. I believe the complete BuNo is 148352. The picture had to have been taken in 1961 before the 1962 Iceland deployment.
See
148352

SP-2H, 135550
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Taken by an RAF Shackleton crew in June 1962, due West of Stavanger, Norway ( Note the open jet doors, We had just lit them off to make a rapid ascent)..." CARTER, Arthur acarter132@cox.net

SP-2H, 135550
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USN photograph. Taken late in 1961.

SP-2H, 135550
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Photographed at NAS Norfolk in 1962 by Richard Zajack. 
(New March 20,  2005)

SP-2H, 140978
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Photographed at Keflavik during the 1962 deployment. Photo Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005

SP-2H, 140978
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Photographed at NAS Norfolk in 1962 at the return from the split deployment to Iceland and Spain. Photo by Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005

 

SP-2H, 141235
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USN photograph taken in 1966 or 1967.
Updated March 7, 2004.

SP-2H, 141235
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A beautiful photo by David Wilding of one of the VP-56 Neptunes that relieved VP-21 at Rota, Spain in July 1967. The BuNo can't be seen but from other sources I suspect it should be 141235 which according to my info was LQ-3 from sometime in 1966 to at least August 9, 1967. If someone can confirm this,  or otherwise let me know the correct BuNo, please contact me:
New August 29, 2004
Now known to be 141235, see next photo
New May 12 2010

SP-2H, 141235
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A photo by David Wilding of one of the VP-56 Neptunes that relieved VP-21 at Rota, Spain in July 1967. The aricraft is not the primary focus of the picture, but is included as the buNo is very visible.
New May 12 2010

SP-2H, 141238
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Date and location unknown. Photographer: Clay Janson, courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
New October 27, 2003.

   
SP-2H, 141248
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Photographed in Prestwick Scotland in May 1965 by Wilfred White.
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USN photograph.
SP-2H, 141248
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik in June 1965 by Baldur Sveinsson.
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USN photograph.
SP-2H, 141248
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik during the summer of 1965 in company with two 57th FIS F-102As by Thorir Magnusson.

SP-2H, 142542
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Photographed in the Carribean in 1963 or 64 by Jim Creasy.
New August 29, 2004

SP-2H, 142542
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USN photograph.

 

SP-2H, 142543
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik in June 1965 by Baldur Sveinsson

SP-2H, 142543
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Photographed at Boca Chica, Florida in February-March 1963 by Richard Zajack.
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Photographed at Boca Chica, Florida in February-March 1963 by Richard Zajack.
New March 20,  2005
SP-2H, 142543
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Photographed at Prestwick on July 1, 1965 by Brendan McCartney. Courtesy Air Britains photosite, ABPIC..
New January 25, 2010

SP-2H, 144681
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From the collection of Angelo Romano, courtesy Chris Doherty.

SP-2H, 144681
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Photographed by Bill Lewis in 1963 near England. Courtesy Air Britains photosite, ABPIC..
New January 25, 2010. 

SP-2H, 144681
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Photographed at Gibraltar. Date, photographer unknown.
New May 3, 2011.  

SP-2H, 145905
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USN Photograph. Date & location unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward

   

SP-2H, 145908
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USN Photograph taken around 1962. From the Naval Historical Center, courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
New October 19, 2002
The photo was taken in early September 1962 as the squadron was enroute from Brunswick to Norfolk heading home from the 1962 Rota Spain deployment.  The three aircraft in sequence are 145908, 145920 and 145905.  FYI, I'm driving the last one - don't remember which crew took the photo but they were the ones who flew individually until we rendezvoused for a 9 plane flyover of NAS Norfolk. Comment by Roger Berg, ex VP-56.
Comment February 8, 2005

SP-2H, 145908
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Photographed at NAS Norfolk in 1962 at the return from the split deployment to Iceland and Spain. Photo by Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005
SP-2H, 145908
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Photographed in 1962 during return from the split deployment to Iceland and Spain. Photo by Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005
SP-2H, 145909
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Photographed in the USA. Courtesy Thompson Productions
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USN photograph taken during the May to Nov. 1966 Sigonella deplyoment.
SP-2H, 145909147951_LQ12_256.jpg
USN photograph taken during the May to Nov. 1966 Sigonella deplyoment.
New March 7, 2004.

SP-2H, 145915
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Taken around 1966.
Courtesy Charlie HULIEN 

Updated March 7, 2004.

SP-2H, 145915
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Photographed at Puerto Rico in June 1964 by Richard Zajack.  
New March 9, 2010.
 
SP-2H, 145920
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USN photograph, courtesy Richard L. Ward
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Updated November 28, 2002
SP-2H, 145920
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USN photograph,
courtesy Richard L. Ward
SP-2H, 145920
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Profile drawn by Jeffery Cultice.
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USN photograph
SP-2H, 147950
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Photographed at Keflavik during the 1965 deployment. Photo Richard Zajack
New March 20, 2005
SP-2H, 147950
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Photographed in the USA in August 1965 (date suspect as the double digit numbers were not in use at that time. Probably 1967 or 1968 even 1969)
SP-2H, 147950
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Drawing  © by Jeffrey Cultice 
SP-2H, 147951147951_LQ12_256.jpg
USN photograph taken during the May to Nov. 1966 Sigonella deplyoment.
New March 7, 2004.
   
SP-2H, 148344
148352a-lq5-256.JPG (5633 bytes)
USN photographs courtesy Michael A Jukich. Date and location unknown. Note unusually small size of the BuNo.
148344_LQ7_256.jpg
Contributed by Gary Garrison grg60@comcast.net. Note unusually small size of the BuNo.

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Photographed by Bill Lewis in 1964 ot 5 near England. Courtesy Air Britains photosite, ABPIC..
New January 25, 2010. 
SP-2H, 148344
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148344_LQ7_1_256.jpg
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148344_LQ7_3_256.jpg
Photographed at Keflavik during the 1962 deployment. Photo Richard Zajack. Note the F-89Ds from the 57th FIS in the background.
New March 20, 2005
148344_LQ7_1962_256.jpg
148344_LQ7_c_1962_256.jpg
Photographed at NAS Norfolk in 1962 at the return from the split deployment to Iceland and Spain. Note the fin decoration not evident in the earlier photos. Photo by Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005
SP-2H, 148344
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Photographed around 1964. Courtesy Bernie SIDLEY.
New July 24, 2003
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148344_LQ5_b_1965_256.jpg
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148344_LQ5_c_1965_256.jpg
148344_LQ5_b_1965_256.jpg
Photographed at Keflavik during the 1962 deployment. Photo Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005
SP-2H, 148352
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Note that the nose insignia is the same on the photo above as the photo below.
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1000 pixels 148352_LQ1_1_1962_256.jpg
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Photographed at NAS Norfolk in 1962 at the return from the split deployment to Iceland and Spain. Photos by Richard Zajack.
New March 20, 2005


 

SP-2H, 148352
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New August 02, 2002
All five of the photos to the above and below are USN photographs taken on 7. August 1963 off the Virginia Coast. Photographer Robert F. Henry PHCA.
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New October 25, 2002
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New October 25, 2002
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New October 25, 2002
SP-2H, 148352



Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller

148352-LQ3-256.jpg
Here as LQ-3: Date, location and photographer unknown
New August 02, 2002

SP-2H, 148354
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Photographed in the Carribean in 1963 or 64 by Jim Creasy.
New August 29, 2004

SP-2H, 148354
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Photographed in the Carribean in November 1962 by Jim Creasy.
New August 29, 2004

SP-2H, 148354
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Photographed in Prestwick, Scotland in May 1965 by Wilfred White

Flightline VP-56
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Photographed in the Carribean in 1963 or 64 by Jim Creasy.
New August 29, 2004

   
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Known Neptunes of VP-56 as of November 20, 2001