NAVAL AIR STATION SEATTLE
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Images of the 1950's
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All images are actually from National Archives/U.S. Navy and used in Cory's book "The Navy In Puget Sound"
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In the summer of 1951, A PB4Y-2 bomber returns to NAS Seattle after a tour of duty patrolling the shores off Korea.

After endless hours of flying back across the lonely Pacific, the crew of the tall-tailed Privateer happily wave at their welcoming committee from the upper turret and access hatches.

The plane was assigned to VP (Patrol Squadron) 772.





The Young pilot Ens. James J. McGinnis is greeted by his mother and father at Naval Air Station Seattle after a long cross-country flight.

The flyer and his Grumman F9F Panther fighter were most likely on their way to join a carrier air group in the Pacific that will participate in combat  operations over Korea in Task Force 77.



The children of Duwamish Home Orphanage got quite a treat when the North Pole Express brought Santa (and a load of presents) to Naval Air Station Seattle on Christmas Eve Day, 1952.

The Express is one of the navy's amphibious Consolidated PBY Catalina patrol bombers, specifically painted snow whiite and adorned with cartoon and movie characters.



A young sailor briefs John H. Turpin on the controls in the cockpit of a North American SNJ advanced trainer aircraft operating from Sand Point in 1952.

At the time, "Dick" Turpin was the last survivor of the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine in 1898.

On that fateful evening, the young mess attendant dove overboard into Havana Harbor.

He later settled in Seattle where he became a critical part of the region's naval community until his death in 1962.




On August 3, 1952, a marine LVT-3C rumbles ashore at Sand Point during amphibious assault practice.

This probably occured right at the far eastern point where you can see beaches on this 1953 photo. The beach is a little grown over now - see photo.

The LVT (Landing Vehicle, Tracked) was similar to those used during the Battle of Inchon in Korea in 1950.

There is LCVP, 90 Feet under water, NE off the  Renton Boeing Plant.



USS LST-1138



The LVT came from the LST-1138, seen in the back ground of image above.

Another ship on opposite side of photo would be LST-762

A record of this encounter can be seen at the LST-762 File.





Yet another encounter occured on Lake Washington where  LST-205 was repair at Lake Washington Shipyards.




On a rainy August day in 1953, a Coast Guard PB-1G search plane skidded off the runway at NAS Seattle and splashed down in Lake Washington.

The plane is a converted World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress, probably built at Boeing's Plant 2 in south Seattle.

After the war, some of these bombers were converted to lifeboat-carrying rescue planes.

If you look at the 1943 aerial photo you can see that the location is at the south end of the main runway.
Coast Guard PB-1G                                                                           Plant 2 at Boeing Field in 1930's
    




Shore patrolmen expel a pair of wild ducks from the front gate of NAS Seattle in April 1954.

While most people - sailors and civilians - respect the imposing sentries at the entrance of the naval base, these wild waterfowl do not seem to care.




At NAS Seattle, young men caught causing a disturbance in the ranks are ordered to "duck walk" around the formation of future sailors.

This scene is at Building 9.

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