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VAP-62 Tigers AJ-2P (1958) Savage


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VAP-62 Tigers AJ-2P (1958) Savage Model

Fly with Tigers again in this hand crafted AJ-2P Savage model. Each model is carved from wood and hand-painted. 18 inch

*This aircraft was piloted Lt. Emile W. Nigels, who unfortunately collided with a F9F-8 jet fighter over Little Talbot Island State Park as he was on final to land at Mayport NAAS. He had 3400+ hrs. flying and the F9F-8 pilot was still in training , practicing flameout landings at the same time. The jet pilot survived and claimed to not see anything. The date was May 18,1958

VAP-62 was a Heavy Photographic Squadron of the U.S. Navy. Originally established as Photographic Squadron Sixty-Two (VJ-62) on 10 April 1952, it was redesignated as Heavy Photographic Squadron (VAP-62) on 2 July 1956. The squadron was disestablished on 15 October 1969.[1]

1 September–19 December 1952: A squadron detachment was deployed to Dhahran Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia.
29 July 1960: During a landing aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60), the squadron’s commanding officer, Commander C. T. Frohne, and two other squadron crewmembers, were lost when the tailhook of their A3D-2P Skywarrior separated and the aircraft plunged off the deck into the sea.
October 1966: The squadron transferred a detachment of aircraft and personnel to VAP-61 to augment that squadron’s operations in Vietnam.
25 August 1967: A squadron RA-3B #144835 disappeared on a nighttime photo-reconnaissance mission, the 3 man crew were killed in action, body not recovered.