Whidby Island NAS 05-09-2014

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Whidby Island NAS 05-09-2014

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Hi

Spend the morning of 05-09-2014 at Whidby Island NAS during a non-spotting vacation in Alaska and Washington. There was enough action with the stationed EA-18G's and Orion’s. Did not see any EA-6 but had an nice Marines C-9 as a bonus. All the Bu numbers from the EA-F18G's are from the Scramble site, so any comment on those would be welcome.

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166857 NE-553 EA-18G VAQ-129

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161414 YB-414 P-3C VP-1

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AC-502 EA-18G VAQ-130

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168776 NJ-504 EA-18G VAQ-129

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168237 500 EA-18G NSAWC

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168261 NE-500 EA-18G VAQ-136

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168266 AB-500 EA-18G VAQ-137

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161530 C-9B VMR-1

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Old school at the gate

Thanks for looking.

Regards Ronald.

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Nice photos Ronald :smile: . There are no more EA-6B at Whidbey, the last squadron VAQ-142 got rid of them very recently. The other one VAQ-134 is on the carrier and will be the last to go. I suppose they will fly them from Whidbey for a month or two following their return from deployment.
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They are all very nice. Always good to see a P-3 with squadron markings :smile:

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Interesting that both the VAQ-136 and VAQ-137 aircraft carry the 500 nose number - I assume that means the 5th squadron in different air wings?
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That's why they have different code letters. AB is Carrier Air Wing 1 and NE is Carrier Air Wing 2. And, for the record, AC is Carrier Air Wing 3... I could list the others but this is getting tedious... I suspect that all of the deployable EA-18G carrier squadrons are using modex (number codes) in the 500 sequence - while the non-CVW assigned outfits (which may all have NL codes, though I need to check that) use 520, 530, 540, 550 etc.
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Correct; east and west coast too I think (Ax and Nx codes)

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