VP-5 Squadron Shipmates
VPNAVY Address

ShipmateZW-1 ShipmatesShipmate

ALLEN, George W. cdra@juno.com "...I was junior officer in the establishment crew of ZW-1 on 3 JAN 1956. Remained in the squadron till DEC 1957 as Airframes Officer. Best duty I had in Navy and made many friends. Would welcome everyone who served in LTA to contact me. All together I was in ZP-3 / ZW-1 & AT&D 54-60..." [30MAR2007]

FALTER-BILL, AO3 William FALT1@PRODIGY.NET "...I served with VP-7 from 1954-1956 as an AO3 at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. I also served with ZW-1 and ZP-3 from 1959-1961. I would like to hear from any old Shipmates. Looking for Dave Miller AO2 from VP-7..." [06NOV2001]

HOWARD, Ralph W. ralph.howard@att.net "...I served with ZW-1 (1959-1961) at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey working in the Metal Shop. I was scheduled to fly aboard "242" but F. Furny took my place because he needed some flight time - sadly, "242" was lost that day. It was great hearing from Bo Satwood many years ago. My wife & I visited base and took tour in 2005. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E=MAIL/BIO Updated 11APR2021 | 22APR2001]

KOWELL, Steve alf287@webtv.net "...I served with ZW-1 from 1955 to 1957. At that time several guys and myself went aboard the USS Intrepid. I remember standing the night watch on the airships when the wind was blowing. What a trip. I also remember the landings and the takeoffs of the large airships. What a hoot! I worked in the sheet-metal shop and the office where I updated the airship manuals. ZW-1 was an Airship Squadron based out of NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Those airships held 1-million cubic feet of helium and had a large radar bubble on its belly. It also held a radar dome on top. It was quite impressive to see. And a real devil to take off. They were always heavier than hell! They were also real fun to land in a light wind. Fair sailing to all! Anyone there when I was?..." [29NOV2003]

LYNN, AK2 Bernie berlynn@bellsouth.net "...I served with ZW-1 from 1956 to March 1959. I was in worked in Supply under LCDR Roland Noble and our CO was CDR Mills. The best duty I remember. I now reside in Hollywood Florida. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [01JUL2009]

OSTROWSKY, AMH3 Eli eliostrowsky@bellsouth.net "...I served with FASRON-108 (1954-1956) at NAS Brunswick, Maine and ZW-1 (1956-1958). I crewed aboard the lighter-than-air (LTA) and heavier-than-air (HTA) aircraft..." [05JAN2015]

ROGAL, CWO Joseph W. Retired rogal26@yahoo.com "...FASRON-102 was my first squadron after AT "A" School, arriving February 1956. Worked on ARC-27's in AT Shop. Remember having picture taken with shop personal when "Buz Sawyer" comic strip was to be discontinued by creator. Left to go to VA(AW)-33 in NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey. Air Crewman on AD5N Skyraider. Pilot LTjg Moser of Missouri(?). Made North Atlantic Cruise with Detachment 43 aboard USS Saratoga, and Med Cruise on the Sara in 1958 with Detachment 43. Left Squadron in Feb/Mar 1959 to go to VW-1 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. Very memorable tour. Blimps were something else. In order to: AMD NS Rota, Spain, AMD NAS Brunswick, Maine, AT "B" School (made CPO while at AT "B" school), VP-45 NAS Jacksonville, Florida, deployed to NAS Bermuda and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. Made Warrant in VP-45 in 1968. Sent to EISO and NAILSC at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Assigned to F14 Project. Left NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for NAS Miramar, Californiato help set up RAG (VF-124) and VF-2. Made first F-14 cruise to WestPac on Enterprise with VF-2. Left squadron in 1975 for last tour at ASO Philly. Retired in 1976. Good tours everyone of them. Anybody remember CWO L. O. Parks or CWO Ford (VP-45) or CDR Brantuas?..." [22JUN2005]

ROSS, ATC(AC) Ford U. Retired zccaams@bellsouth.net "...I was transferred to NAF Weeksville, North Carolina for commissioning of ZP-4, as an AT-2, in May 1951. After making AT-1 I was transferred back to NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1954. Then into ZW-1 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. I served with VP-21 NAS Brunswick, Maine (1963 to 1966). VP-21 was the last squadron on the East Coast to convert from P2V-7's to P-3. I then served with VX-1 NAS Key West, Florida from 1966 to October 1967 (VX-1 had two P-3's, a P2V-7 and several other funny aircraft) until I Retired. I am a member of the Naval Airship Association. The Naval Airship Association is looking for more ex-enlisted L.T.A. people..." [BIO Updated 04APR2007 | E-Mail Updated 15FEB2002 | E-Mail/BIO Updated 18SEP2000 | 21DEC98]

SIEGFRIED, Hank handsomedudesc@yahoo.com "...I served with ZW-1 and VP-56 (1956-1961). Awarded aircrew wings while flying many hours in ZPG-2 and ZPG-3 airships as Radioman and Electronics Tech..." [E-Mail/BIO Updated 09FEB2013 | 04FEB2007]

WATWOOD, B. L. "Bo" blwatwood@charter.net "...I served with VW-13 (through its disestablishment) with deployments to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada and ZW-1 at NAS Lakehurst, New Jersey. We flew an on station radar site much like the connies but much longer duration. I would like to hear from former Shipmates..." [E-Mail Updated 12DEC2012 | 29OCT2000]

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