VP-5
NAME: Mad Foxes
TAIL CODES: MC (Dec '48 to mid '57) /LA (from mid '57)
Established: 19. December 1948
Still active 
First published 29. January 1999.
Last updated: January 22, 2013
Changed format: December 11, 2001
Photo of 131416 added November 13, 2001.
Photos of two unidentified P2V-3s added October 19, 2002.
Photo of 127731 and a VP-5 line added November 13, 2002.
Photos of 128338 and 131526 added September 19, 2003.
Photo of 128358 added October 17, 2003.
Photo of MC-8 added March 7, 2004.
Photo of MC-9 added August 8, 2004.
New photo of the tail of 131521 in Greenland plus a 1000 pixel photo of 131521 in Scotland added August 14, 2004.
New photos of 128340 added October 20, 2005.
Photos of LA-15, 131503, 131508 and 131531 added January 19, 2005
History of VP-5 with Neptunes added February 12, 2006
Photo of 131428 added January 22, 2007.
Photos of 128387, 131414 and formation_1961 added January 30, 2008
New photos of 128373 added January 31, 2008
Photo of 131419 added August 7, 2009.
Photo of unknown MC-7 added January 19, 2011
1000 pixel photo of 128354 added February 24, 2011.
1000 pixel photo of 128373 added February 28, 2011.
1000 pixel photo of 122923 added March 28, 2011.
1000 pixel photo of 131416 added January 22, 2013.




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with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-5 as of December 11, 2001.


History of VP-5 history when equipped with Neptunes excerpted from the
"
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume 2"

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P2V-3, MC-1
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Photographed at NAS Jacksonville. Courtesy Billy U. Landreth.. Any assistance with BuNo gratefully received.

New October 19, 2002
P2V-3 MC-?.
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Photographed at NAS Jacksonville. Courtesy Billy U. Landreth.. Any assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
New October 19, 2002
P2V-3 MC-8.
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Photographed in flight along Florida's first coast in 1951.
Courtesy NAS Jacksonville.
A
ny assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
New March 7,  2004
P2V-3 MC-9.
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Photograph from Naval Aviation News, May 1952 issue.
A
ny assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
New August 8, 2004)
P2V-5, MC-1
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik sometime late 1953 to October 1954. Any assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
P2V-5, MC-7
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Date, location and photographer unknown. Any assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
 
New January 19, 2011
SP-2E, LA-3.
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Official USN photo. Date and location unknow. Courtesy Nevins Frankel. Any assistance with BuNo gratefully received.
SP-2E, LA-15.
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Photographed at NAS Rota, Spain in 1964. Courtesy Jerry Bushman.
New January 19, 2006
 
P2V-3, 122923
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Flying close to Jacksoneville, Florida on 12 November 1951. Photographed by Willoughby Taylor.
   
P2V-5, 124909
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In Malta before it chrashed in France on 23 December 1952. Courtesy Willoughby Taylor.
P2V-5, 124909
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In Malta before it chrashed in France on 23 December 1952. Courtesy Willoughby Taylor.
 
P2V-5, 127726 ,
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lying by the side of what is probably runway 20 at NAS Keflavik on 30 September 1953. A string gust of wind blew it off the runway. Contributed to VPNavy website by by Willoughby Taylor.
   
P2V-5F, 127731 ,
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 Photographed by Richard Kamka from the roof of the 1400th Field Maintenance hangar on September 2, 1959.
New November 13, 2002
   
P2V-5F, 127782 ,
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Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England on February 14, 1960 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC
   
P2V-5F, 128338 ,
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Photographed in England. Time ?
P2V-5F, 128338 ,
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USN photo taken July 15, 1959. Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
New September 19, 2003
P2V-5F, 128338 ,
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USN photo taken July 15, 1959. Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
New September 19, 2003
P2V-5F, 128340 ,
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Date, photographer and location unknown. Courtesy Wayne Mutza.
(New October 20, 2005)
   
P2V-5F, 128350 ,
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Photographed over Greenland in 1957. Courtesy Ralph Lindsley
   
P2V-5F, 128354 ,
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Photographed in Morocco in mid 1957 by Mike Walsh
   
P2V-5F, 128358 ,
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USN photograph courtesy Nevins Frankel.
P2V-5F, 128358 ,
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USN photograph.
New October 16, 2003
 
P2V-5F, 128362 ,
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Photographed over the Greenland coast in 1957. Courtesy Ralph Lindsley.
   
P2V-5F, 128369 ,
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Photographed over Marcocco circa 30 August 1957. 128369 MC-8 was seen in England in May 1957. The photo belonged to a Bill Thomas, crew member on LA-8. Courtesy aduck@aol.com
   
P2V-5F, 128372 ,
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik during the 1956-1957 VP-16 deployment to Keflavik. Photographs by Ray Jobes.
P2V-5F, 128372 ,
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik during the 1956-1957 VP-16 deployment to Keflavik. Photographs by Ray Jobes.
P2V-5F, 128372 ,
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik during the 1956-1957 VP-16 deployment to Keflavik. Photographs by Ray Jobes.
P2V-5F, 128373 ,
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Photographed in England on 7. June 1957.
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P2V-5F, 128373 ,
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Photographed by Ray Jobes at NAS Keflavik during the 1956-57 deployment.
New on this page 31 Jan 2008
P2V-5F, 128373 ,
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Photographed by Ray Jobes at NAS Keflavik during the 1956-57 deployment.
New on this page 31 Jan 2008
P2V-5F, 128387 ,
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This photo is of (7) VP-5 squadron aircraft, flying in formation between NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain during the fall, 1961 flyover for a six month deployment to NS Rota, Spain. The two nearest planes are BUNO: 128387 (LA6) and BUNO: 131414 (LA7). The picture is from CPO Red McClure's collection, and was furnished to me by Don Latimer. BUNO: 131414 later became LA-2 upon our return stateside, and was involved in a mishap (Late 63/Earlhy 64) that I previously reported..." Contributed by PETTWAY, ATR3 Robert L. (Bob)
New 30 January 2008
   
P2V-5F, 128407 .
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Photographed on 1. January 1963. From the collection of Angelo Romano,  courtesy of Chris Doherty.
P2V-5F, 128407 .
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Photographed at Rota Spain in 1962. Courtesy: Robert L. (Bob) PETTWAY.
 
P2V-5F, 131408 .
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USN photograph. Date and location unknown. Included for completeness..
   
P2V-5F, 131414 ,
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This photo is of (7) VP-5 squadron aircraft, flying in formation between NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain during the fall, 1961 flyover for a six month deployment to NS Rota, Spain. The two nearest planes are BUNO: 128387 (LA6) and BUNO: 131414 (LA7). The picture is from CPO Red McClure's collection, and was furnished to me by Don Latimer. BUNO: 131414 later became LA-2 upon our return stateside, and was involved in a mishap (Late 63/Earlhy 64) that I previously reported..." Contributed by PETTWAY, ATR3 Robert L. (Bob)
New 30 January 2008
   
P2V-5F, 131416 ,
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Date, location and photographer unknown. Courtesy MAP.
P2V-5F, 131416,
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USN photograph. Date and location unknown.
P2V-5F, 131416 ,
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USN photographs. Date and location unknown.
P2V-5F, 131419 .
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USN photograp. Time and location unknown.
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P2V-5F, 131428 ,
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USN photograph, Courtesy Nevins Frankel..
P2V-5F, 131428 ,
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Photo courtesy the VC-8 Redtails website
New January 22, 2007
 
P2V-5F, 131429 .
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USN photographs.
SP-2E, 131429 .
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USN photographs.
SP-2E, 131429 .
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USN photographs.
P2V-5F, 131457 .
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USN photograp. Time and location unknown.
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SP-2E, 131458 .
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USN photograph.
SP-2E, 131458 .
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Photographed in 1965 by Steve Negri. At either Guantanamo or Sigonella.
 
SP-2E, 131483.
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USN photograph
   
P2V-5F, 131488.
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Photographed in England.
   
P2V-5F, 131489.
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USN photograph.
   
P2V-5F, 131503.
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USN photograph.
P2V-5F, 131503.
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Photographed enroute to NAS Rota, Spain in 1964. Courtesy Jerry Bushman.
New January 19, 2006
 
P2V-5F, 131508.
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Date, location and photographer unknown.
New January 19, 2006
   
P2V-5F, 131512 .
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Photographed at NAS Keflavik in 1963.
   
P2V-5F, 131521 .
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Photographed at Prestwick, Scotland in January 1962, by Wilfred White.
This aircraft was lost on the Kronborg Glacier in Greenland on January 12, 1962.
P2V-5F, 131521 .
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Wreckage of 131521 taken by a NAVY photographer in August 2004. More photos from the accident site at:
http://www.news.navy.mil
This aircraft was lost on the Kronborg Glacier in Greenland on January 12, 1962.
(New August 14, 2004)
 
P2V-5F, 131526 .
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The last SP-2E in active service. USN photo. Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller
New September 19, 2003
   
SP-2E, probably 131531 .
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Photographed at NAS Jacksonville on 20. December 1963. USN photo. Photo caption states:  JONES, R.E. ADR3 SIGNALING LT. P.E. OECHSIM OF PATROL SQUADON 5, NASN JACKSONVILLE, FLA., TO TEST WING FLAPS PRIOR TO FLIGHT.
Here is the history of
131531 as known to me. Anyone who knows the BuNo of this aircraft, please get in touch with me
SP-2E, 131531 .
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Date, location and photographer unknown. Probably USN photo. Caption says "VP-5 aircraft locates hijacked vessel".
Anyone who has more information is urged to contact me.
Baldur@verslo.is
New January 19, 2006
SP-2E, 131531 .
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Date, location and photographer unknown. Probably USN photo. Caption says "VP-5 aircraft locates hijacked vessel". Here is another view showing the whole vessel.
Anyone who has more information is urged to contact me.
Baldur@verslo.is
New January 19, 2006 
VP-5 flightline 1959 .
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 Photographed by Richard Kamka from the roof of the 1400th Field Maintenance hangar on September 6, 1959.
New November 13, 2002
VP-5 formation 1961 .
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This photo is of (7) VP-5 squadron aircraft, flying in formation between NAF Lajes, Azores, Portugal and NS Rota, Spain during the fall, 1961 flyover for a six month deployment to NS Rota, Spain. The two nearest planes are BUNO: 128387 (LA6) and BUNO: 131414 (LA7). The picture is from CPO Red McClure's collection, and was furnished to me by Don Latimer. BUNO: 131414 later became LA-2 upon our return stateside, and was involved in a mishap (Late 63/Earlhy 64) that I previously reported..." Contributed by PETTWAY, ATR3 Robert L. (Bob)
New 30 January 2008
 

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Known Neptunes of VP-5 as of December 11, 2001.