VP-17 (VA(HM)-10)
NAME: White Lightnings
TAIL CODES: BH ('53 to mid '57) / ZE (from mid '57)
Established: 4. February 1953
Disestablished:  31 Mar 1995
Page last updated on April 11, 2012.
Changed format: November 27, 2001
Photo of 141236 added November 1, 2001.
Photo of 141249 added February 19, 2002.
Photo of 143172 added October 1, 2002.
Photo of one unidentified P2V-6 added October 19, 2002.
Photo of 147958 and of a flight line at Whidbey_Island added October 28, 2002.
Photo of 148349 added December 3, 2002.
Photo of 131514 added September 23, 2003.
Photo of 126546 added November 20, 2003.
1000 pixel photos of 148343 and 148353 added July 14, 2004.
Photo of 148339 added September 23, 2004.
Photo of 142544 added September 25, 2004.
Photo of 142544 added November 23, 2004.
Photo of 131534 added February 2, 2006.
Photos of 131501 and 131503 added March 19, 2006.
Photos of 135553, 135576, 135580, 147961, 147968 and 148339 added September 22, 2006.
Photo of 143172 added August 12, 2009.
Photos of BH-3, 131469, 131482 and 131492 added April 11, 2012

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with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-17 as of
September 3, 2002

vp17-patch-256.jpg (25618 bytes)

P2V-6, BH-3
bh3_VP17_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, photographer and location unknown. Any assistance with BuNo appreciated
New April 11, 2012.
   
P2V-6, BH-11
BH11_256.jpg
photographed on the VP-17 line at Whidbey Island in 1953-54. Courtesy G.L.Curry. Any assistance with BuNo appreciated

New October 19, 2002.
   
P2V-6, 126525
131492-ze12-256.jpg
photographed on the VP-17 line at Whidbey Island in July 1955. Courtesy Charles F. Clark.
   
P2V-6, 126546
126546_BH8_256.jpg
Photographed on July 30, 1955. Courtesy Walsh via Peter M. Bowers.
New November 20, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 131469,
131469_ZE11_5911xx_GOKnutson_TomScalese_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in November 1959.
Courtesy Knutson/Scalese
New April 11, 2012..
   
P2V-5F, 131481,
131481-ze12-ath-256.jpg
Photographed at Iwakuni in September 1957. Courtesy Berte Francisco.
   
P2V-5F, 131482,
131482-ze1-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New April 11, 2012)
Photographed during the Iwakuni 1957/58 deployment. Courtesy Berte Francisco
   
P2V-5F, 131492,
131492-ze12-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New April 11, 2012)
Photographed by Clay Janson at Litchfield park in 1960.
   
P2V-5F, 131501,
131501-ze9-256.jpg
Taken in 1957. Courtesy Berte Francisco
P2V-5F, 131501,
131501_ZE9_0002_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken in 1957-58 by Lt(jg) R.M. Smith. Contributed by his son, Paul Smith.
New March 19, 2006
 
P2V-5F, 131503,
131503_ZE8_0003_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken in 1957-58 by Lt(jg) R.M. Smith. Contributed by his son, Paul  Smith.
New March 19, 2006
   
P2V-5F, 131514,
131514_ZE10_58_256.jpg
Taken in 1958. Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller
New September 23, 2003
   
P2V-5F, 131521,
131544-bh4-256.jpg (9961 bytes)
USN photograph. Date and location unknown.
   
P2V-5F, 131534,
131534_ZE12_Kodiak_59_256.jpg
Taken in 1959 at Kodiak NAS.
Photographer unknown.
New February 2, 2006
   
P2V-6, 131544,
131544-bh4-256.jpg (9961 bytes)
Photograph courtesy Aviation Photo News.
   
P2V-6, 131548,
131548-bh1-256.jpg
Photograph courtesy Aviation Photo News.
   
P2V-6M, 131560,
131548-bh1-256.jpg
Photographed in April 1957.

Submitted by Charles Clark in memory of

CDR Spencer Lawless
.
   
SP-2H, 135553.
135553_ZE10_Feb66_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in February 1966 off the Washington coast by Fred Baumann.
   
SP-2H, 135576.
135576_ZE11_ComingHomeFeb66_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in February 1966 off the Washington coast by Fred Baumann.
SP-2H, 135576.
135576_ZE11_TranspacMar65_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in March 1965 close to Hawai by Fred Baumann.
 
SP-2H, 135580.
135580-ze6-256.jpg
Photographed at Whidbey Island in 1969 by Jim Clark.
SP-2H, 135580.
135580_ZE5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Faribanks, Alaska in March 1965 by Fred Baumann. 
SP-2H, 135580.
135580_ZE5_inthebarn_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Kodiak Alaska in March 1965 by Fred Baumann.  
SP-2H, 135614,
135614-ze12-256.jpg (8846 bytes)
Date, photographer and location unknown. Courtesy Wilfred White
   
SP-2H, 140152,
140153-ze7-256.jpg (8352 bytes)
Photographed in march 1967 at Cubi Point by Steve Clark.
   
SP-2H, 140153,
140153-ze7-256.jpg (8352 bytes)
Date, photographer and location unknown. Courtesy Wilfred White
   
SP-2H, 140967,
140967-ze12-256.jpg (8576 bytes)
USN Photograph.
SP-2H, 140967,
140967a-ze-256.jpg (8576 bytes)
Photographed in February 1968 by Jim Clark.
 
SP-2H, 140971.
140971a-ze8-256.jpg (8250 bytes)
Photographed in 1966 at Whidbey Island by Bob Bailey.
   
SP-2H, 141232.
141232-ze9-256.jpg
Photographed
over the mountains of Alaska in 1963 by Del Bumgarner.
   
SP-2H, 141236.
141236-ze10-256.jpg (5411 bytes)
Photographed on the ramp at Hickam AFB, Hawai. Date unknown. Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
   
SP-2H, 141249.
141249a-ze11-256.jpg (5411 bytes)
Photographed in May 1967 in Saigon by Steven G. Clark.
SP-2H, 141249.
141249-ze2-256.JPG
Photographed in
1968 by Larry Doyle.
 
SP-2H, 142544.
142544_ZE6_b_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed by Norman E. Taylor at Norton AFB on May 21, 1966.
new November 23, 2004
SP-2H, 142544.
142544_ZE6_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed by Dustin Carter in 1966. Courtesy Lionel Paul collection.
new September 25, 2004
SP-2H, 142544.
142544-ze6-256.jpg (6869 bytes)
Photographed in February 1967 in Saigon by Steven G. Clark.
 
SP-2H, 143172.
143172_ZE1_256.jpg
Photographed by Bob
McLaughlin when 143172 replaced 140967 on a Market Time patrol in Viet Nam in 1967
SP-2H, 143172.
143172_ZE1_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels

Photographed by Phil Eley taken at
NS Sangley Point, Philippines in 1967..." Contributed by  Bob McLAUGHLIN
new
August 12, 2009
 
SP-2H, 144682.
144682-ze5-256.jpg (6857 bytes)
Photographed in 1966 by Steven G. Clark
   
SP-2H, 147954.
147954-ze5-256.JPG
Beautiful photograph from 1963 over the Valley of the Thousand Smokes by Del Bumgarner.
   
SP-2H, 147957,
147957-ze2-256.JPG
Taken By Del Bumgarner in 1963.
SP-2H, 147957,
144682-ze5-256.jpg (6857 bytes)
Probably ZE-4 photographed at Cam Rahn Bay in February 1968 by Jack W. Baxter. Courtesy Eric Shyer.
 
SP-2H, 147958,
147958-ze1-256.JPG (7672 bytes)
USN Photograph.
SP-2H, 147958,
147958_ZE5_256.jpg
Taken at Whidbey Island in 1967. Photo by Terry Waddington, Part of a larger photo (See at the bottom of the page)
New October 28, 2002
 
SP-2H, 147961.
147961_ZE1_Kodiak_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed close to Kodiak by Fred Baumann.
SP-2H, 147961.
147961_ZE1_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Whidbay in January 1963  by Fred Baumann (himself in the photo).
 
SP-2H, 147967,
147967-ze9-256.jpg (5301 bytes)
Photographed in July 1967 near Whidbey Island by Steven G. Glark
   
SP-2H, 147968,
147968_ZE4_Kodiak_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in March 1963 at Kodiak by Fred Baumann.
SP-2H, 147968,
147968-ze11-256.jpg (8551 bytes)
 
SP-2H, 147968,
147968-ze1-256.jpg (11744 bytes)
Photographed at Sangley Point. Via Wilfred White. Date Unkn.
SP-2H, 148339,
148339_ZE5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed by L.Smalley in 1962. Courtesy Lionel Paul collection.
new September 23, 2004
First photo of 148339
SP-2H, 148339,
148339_ZE4_Kodiak_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in June 1963, when returning to Whidbey by Fred Bauman.
 
SP-2H, 148343,
148343-ze2-256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, location and photographer unknown.
New 1000 pixel July 14, 2004
   
SP-2H, 148349,
148349_ZE3_256.jpg
Taken during landing at NAS Atsugi on July 27, 1965 by Tetsuo Yokoo. Courtesy the book "Checker Tail2", a photo book dealing with USN and USMC aircraft at NAS Atsugi from 1963 to 1970.

New December 3, 2002
   
SP-2H, 148353,
148353-ze1-a-256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed near Deception Pass, Whidbey Island. Date unkn. USN photo courtesy Bob  McLaughlin.
New 1000 pixel July 14, 2004
   
Whidbey Island 1967.,
VP-17_256.jpg
Taken at Whidbey Island in 1967. Photo by Terry Waddington,
New October 28, 2002
   
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Known Neptunes of VP-17 as of September 3, 2002