North American AJ-2P 'Savage'

  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:AJ
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1946-1962
  Basic role:Attack
  Modified Mission:Photographic reconnaissance/Survey
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Known serial numbers
128043 / 128054, 129185 / 129195, 130422 / 130425, 134073 / 134075


Recent comments by our visitors
 Carl Wayne King
 , CA
One of our AJ-2P birds was transiting from Guam to the P.I. and got off course. Word was a multimeter had been left in the isntrument panel and the batteries messes up the compass. Seems a little far fetched to me but Oh Well. Two of the crew were Lt Chris Withers and AD1 Holly Mills, My apologies for not remembering the other two but it's been fifty-two years. They were running out of fuel and saw a small group of islands so decided to bail out while they had land in sight. Holly landed on a small island other then where the rest of the crew were. The next morning, he saw a native and ran him down so he wouldn't gat away. The fellow kept pointing at Hollies May West and pointing off toward another island. He finally got some sort of boat and took Holly to the rest of the crew. A futile search was going on but no one knew where they had gone down. An Air Force Navigator had read a report of their last transmission and finally figured out where he thought they might be. An HU-16 was flown to the area and they were recovered. The entire Squadron turned out to the Guam Air Terminal to greet them on their return from the P.I. A happy ending to one of the many incidents.
06/30/2008 @ 07:44 [ref: 21726]
 Carl Wayne King
 , CA
In reference to the crash on Guam 1956, Ens Booth was also killed in the accident. He was at the controls when it went in. Manny Rojas was mentioned, I remember Zuba real well along with Holly Mills, Harold (Lunchy) Newbrough, Chief Mills, Vern Falor, Charlie Bage and many others. Once while on Bangkok detachment, my finger slipped off the primer switch and hit the starter switch for the port engine and the prop jumped and hit AD1 Tindel on top of his head. I thought I had killed him. Thank the lord he recovered and was OK in a few days. I saw him a few years later at Whitbey Island and we had a good laugh about it.
06/30/2008 @ 07:13 [ref: 21725]
 Richard Creed
 Sagle, ID
I was assigned to VJ 61 at Miramar out of Aerial Photo School in 12/1953. I was assigned to the AJ to train for detachment Queen 4 in February of 1954. My first training flight was to map an area around El Centro CA at 20,000'. LTJG Perkins was the pilot and AD1 Manny Rojas was the Mech. We got to El Centro and the ground was obscured by smog so we decided to go up and make con trails. We got to about 47,000 feet and suddenly went into a dive. We were approaching 480 knots indicated when Perkins pulled the power off and we bottomed out at about 28,000'. I thought this was a great ride but becamed concerned when Perkins asked Rojas, "what in the hell was that". We went back up to about 35,000' but all was well so we headed back to Miramar and landed with out incident. We learned later that the elevator boost would occasionally tip you over without warning and was the cause of several AJ wrecks including PB 7 at Agana Guam in 1956 in which AD1 Glen Hagle and Lt. Avery were killed. I went on to log a lot of hours in the photographers seat but never had any other rides that were as exciting as my first one.
11/06/2002 @ 23:58 [ref: 6030]
 Carl Wayne King
 , CA
I was in VJ-61/VAP-61 from 1955 to l957. I probably worked harder during this period in the Navy then any other. The ole AJ required a lot of maintenance but I actually loved every minute of. I look back at a lot of fond memories and remember a lot of great shipmates from these times. I went VJ-61 when I returned to the Navy after being out for a few months. I retired in 1975 ADRC/ADJC.
12/19/2001 @ 09:59 [ref: 3856]


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