On Thursday July 14th 2016 the great folks at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station welcomed some of us Gear Heads down for a private tour of two of the base squadrons;

The VP-46 P-3C Orion Grey Knights -- www.vp46.navy.mil

and the

MH-60S Kighthawk Helicopter SAR (Search And Rescue)Team. Here's them in action.  SAR MH-60S

 

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Arrival      (We were asked not to take photos of the base gates)

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Parking Area        (We did make quite a sight at the gate though)

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Our Host & Tour Guide        Thanks Tony   for months of work

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Walking the flight line to The Knighthawk MH-60

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Go to the other side Dick, the door’s open

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F-18s There were photo restrictions here too but they were fun to watch during practice flight take offs

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This started the Orion tour
(No photos were allowed on the flight line except the two below)

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After the tour we all went to the Chief Petty Officers Club for lunch
This is the view of the base from the deck

Leaving The Base

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We want to thank all the base personnel that showed us the inner workings of the P3-C Orion. Pilots, Navigators and Crew. Though I can't show you any photos we all got to go aboard and see the entire plane. Great fun.

And thanks to those pilots and crew of the SAR Knighthawks who demonstrated and explained the work that they do right here in the Puget Sound. Terrific!

We had a great time.

Demonstration      (And a tour of the Operations Center after)

Forming up to leave Sehome Village

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