VP-6 Blue Sharks P-3b 154586 Model
A meticulously hand carved and painted 18 inch wooden P-3 Orion of the VP-6 Blue Sharks. Recreate what is what like to fly this beauty when it is proudly being displayed in your goat locker (or office).
The story of this plane as told by a crew member who survived the crash–
“Taxied to the end of the runway and did an engine runup. Started down the runway and all seemed normal. After liftoff at about 1000 feet we suffered catastrophic engine failure in all four engines. Loud explosions, fire and lots of smoke from all four engines. The plane began to nose over towards Subic City but the pilot was able to do a left turn towards the bay. We hit pretty flat but tore off both wings and the tail. Navigator was killed on impact when his seat tore loose from the floor. Everyone else made it out with minor injuries by running out the opening where the tail had been. Picked up by boats a short time later. The plane sank in the bay but was later recovered. As it turns out, during a recent overhaul, a cleaning fluid had been put in instead of coolant. The plane was PC-6 which is why it caught me by surprise when I saw you sample photos. I’ll be looking forward to holding that one. Has a special memory to me.”
There is no record of an approved insignia for VB-146, VPB-146 or VP-146. The squadron’s first insignia was developed from a design prepared by Bradley Kelly of King Features Syndicate. It was approved by
CNO on 3 June 1947. Since the squadron had transitioned from the PV-2 Harpoon to the P2V-1 Neptune, the design featured the Neptune aircraft straddled by the cartoon charter Popeye, holding an aircraft rocket and a 50-caliber machine gun while flying above the silhouette of a submarine. Colors: inner circle, yellow; outer circle, orange; lettering, yellow; plane, blue; star on plane, white with red and white stripe; rocket, white with red head; machine gun, black with red flame and white smoke; submarine, black; Popeye, blue sailor pants with yellow belt, black blouse with yellow buttons, red and black collar and blue cuffs and a white cape; pipe, red. This insignia was used by VP-ML-6 only. The squadron’s second insignia was derived from the name “Blue Sharks” based on a 1950 Colliers magazine
article titled “Blue Sharks Off the Red Coastline.”The article described the squadron’s operations off the enemy coast during the Korean War. The shark, “Mano” in Hawaiian, is regarded as a fierce warrior and hunter. It patrols the ocean, searching for prey and protecting its territory. The insignia portrayed a blue shark, arching over a splash in the sea where ordnance had obviously just been dropped. The
squadron designation was inside scrollwork at the bottom of the circular patch. Colors: shark, blue with white highlighting; background, white; left quadrant of patch blue with white stars; water blue, with white splash from dropped depth charge; scroll at bottom, blue with orange letters and piping. The insignia was approved with modifications by CNO on 7 October 1952. A “streamlined” design without any significant changes was submitted to CNO a decade later and approved as the new official insignia on 26 December 1962. Nickname: Blue Sharks, 1950–1993.