Last West Coast S-3B Viking Conducts Final Take Off From NASNI | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 05.25.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.24.17

Airborne
05.25.17

Airborne
05.26.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 05.25.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.24.17

Airborne
05.25.17

Airborne
05.26.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17

XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview -- www.allthingsunmanned.com

Fri, Sep 22, 2006

Last West Coast S-3B Viking Conducts Final Take Off From NASNI

Squadron To Be Disbanded At End Of Month

It's the end of an era, as sailors from the "Shamrocks" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41 bid farewell recently to their last S-3B Viking as it departed for its final take off from Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), CA on September 19. VS-41 is the last West coast S-3B Viking squadron.

The disestablisment ceremony for VS-41 was held July 27, but the squad will be officially disbanded September 30.

"It’s a sad feeling sending out our last aircraft," said Cmdr. Derek L. Teachout, executive officer of VS-41. "I had 16-years of experience flying this type of aircraft. Now it’s going away."

VS-41 was commissioned June 30, 1960 and received its first Viking February 20, 1974. Since then, the training squadron has logged more than 347,000 flight hours, made more than 48,000 carrier landings, and has trained more than 35,000 personnel.

According to Teachout, the aircraft were sent to various locations, including museums -- but most were sent to Davis-Mothan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ

The only remaining Viking at NASNI will be taken to Davis-Mothan, where it will be preserved and restored.

"The fact that we’ve done this decommissioning in a safe manner made us proud," said Teachout. "Sailors stayed focused all the way and today marked the very end. It’s exciting that they see the last aircraft leave as closure to their hard work."

The Navy’s plan is to replace the Viking with multiple aircraft, using the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, P-3 Orion, and SH-60 helicopters for future missions.

"I feel relieved that this day has come after preparing for a long time," said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kisung Chon. "But at the same time, I feel sad because this is my first command and I had a lot of good memories and good experiences."

For Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Don Salice, even though VS-41 will be disestablished it’s another opportunity for Sailors to move to a new platform, and getting a sea duty billet is a new start for him.

"I feel sad to see our last aircraft leave and the squadron is decommissioning," said Salice. "But we all have a job to do and my job is to be out to sea."

(Aero-News salutes Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rialyn C. Rodrigo, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific)

FMI: www.navy.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.25.17: DJI Spark!, S. Lakeland Airport, Moon Rock Sample

Also: Airbus Corporate Helos, Airborne Expansion, Gulfstream G600, Gogo Business, MilFuel, Aerion And GE, Pro Line Fusion DJI has just introduced the Spark, which they call an "eas>[...]

AMA Drone Report 05.25.17: Court Kills FAA Model Drone Registration, DJI Spark!

Also: AMA Reacts To Court, FAA Reaction, AUVSI Reaction, Kittyhawk Flight Deck APP Score one for us little guys... As you may have heard, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17: Courts Nix Model Regs, Autonymous Flt, WATT 300

Also: King Schools Update, Kittyhawk APP, Robird And Integrated Drone Solutions, ICAO Drone Tracking The unmanned community got a bit of a jolt late last week when the US Court of >[...]

Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonst>[...]

Airborne 05.25.17: DJI Spark!, S. Lakeland Airport, Moon Rock Sample

Also: Airbus Corporate Helos, Airborne Expansion, Gulfstream G600, Gogo Business, MilFuel, Aerion And GE, Pro Line Fusion DJI has just introduced the Spark, which they call an "eas>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC