VP-62 Broadarrows P-3B (1986) Model
A solid wood P-3b model carefully notched and detailed of the VP-62 Broadarrows. Each model is hand crafted to honor those aviators who have flown in VP-62 livery.
Length: 18 inches
Wingspan: 15 inches
Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two (VP-62) is a Reserve Force unit commissioned in November 1970, to provide fully manned and equipped squadrons in the event of war or national emergency.
VP-62 is located at NAS Jacksonville and has operated the SP-Neptune, P-3AJB Orion, P-3C Update III and currently the Navy’s newest and most formidable maritime patrol aircraft, the P-3C Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP).
The squadron has selected reservists who commute across the southeastern United States to take part in proficiency training and fleet contributory support missions. Since commissioning, VP-62 has logged thousands of operational flight hours supporting the fleet throughout the world. During reservists’ two-week annual training periods, VP-62 personnel have operated out of the Azores, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Crete, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Sicily, Spain and the United Kingdom. The overwhelming success of these deployments has highlighted the advanced capability of the PR3C AIP and demonstrated the Naval Reserve’s ability to effectively operate and maintain front-line equipment in a challenging real-world environment.
1 November 1970: VP-62 was established at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, under the operational control of Commander Reserve Patrol Wings, Atlantic, with a detachment at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. VP-62 was established from the personnel and assets of VPs 67F1 and 7F2 as a result of a major reorganization of the Naval Air Reserve that took place in 1970. The 12 reserve squadrons formed were structured along the lines of regular Navy squadrons with nearly identical organization and manning levels. The concept, known as the 12/2/1 had 12 VP squadrons under two commands, Commander Fleet Air Wings Atlantic and Commander Fleet Air Wings Paciﬁc, both under the control of one central authority, Commander Naval Air Reserve.
1 July – 26tember Sep 1971: VP-62 received its ﬁrst P-3A Orion, completing transition training on 26 September.
1 April 1972: The Atlanta Detachment merged with the squadron at NAS Jacksonville, combining assets and personnel.
November 1972: The squadron began receiving its ﬁrst P3A DIFAR-equipped aircraft as replacements for the older P-3A airframes. Transition was completed in late 1973.
July – September 1975: For the ﬁrst time, the mini-det concept was employed in squadron deployments. Rather than sending the entire squadron for one two-week period, small detachments of two and three aircraft were sent to NAF Lajes, Azores, extending over a period of several weeks.
July 1976: VP-62 deployed to NAS Bermuda. Reserve crews obtained experience in provision of Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) coverage in the Atlantic theater of operation. For the ﬁrst time, two reserve crews were selected to drop MK-46 torpedoes with practice warheads. Both crews scored direct hits on the target.
1977–8: Mini-dets deployed over a 24-month period to participate in Colombian Counter Insurgency exercises, a NATO exercise in the Azores, torpedo exercises in Puerto Rico, and Mediterranean exercises based at Naval Station Rota, Spain.
February 1978: A VP-62 P-3A ﬂown by a Squadron Augmentation Unit ﬂight crew made a wheels-up landing at the Jacksonville International Airport. The resultant accident damaged the aircraft beyond economical repair, but the ﬂight crew escaped without injuries.
April-June 1978: Numerous mini-dets were deployed during this period, with VP-62 members serving shoulder to shoulder with their counterparts in the ﬂeet operating from NAF Lajes and NAS Bermuda in tracking Soviet nuclear submarines.
May – December 1979: VP-62 received its ﬁrst P-3B replacement for the P-3A DIFAR aircraft. Transition was completed by December.
19 May 1980: VP-62 was called upon to provide support during the Cuban refugee resettlement operation. Crews ﬂying out of NAS Key West, Florida, spotted refugees on the open ocean and directed their rescue by Navy and Coast Guard vessels.
August 1981: VP-62 deployed to NAS Bermuda. During the two-week period of squadron operations, a record of four hurricanes in a row hit Bermuda. Nonetheless, the squadron participated in exercises Ocean Safari and Ocean Venture with no mission aborts.
November 1982: VP-62 deployed for annual active duty training to NAS Bermuda, with periodic detachments at NAS Keﬂavik, Iceland; NS Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; and NAF Lajes. During the deployment, it became the ﬁrst reserve squadron to participate in drug interdiction ﬂights in the Caribbean.
October 1983: The squadron’s P-3B aircraft underwent reﬁt to the TAC/NAV MOD updated airframe. The IRDS/HACLS modiﬁcations added infrared detection. The completion of these modiﬁcations gave squadron aircraft a Harpoon anti-ship missile capability. The last aircraft modiﬁcation was completed on 31 March 1985.
1 April 1987: VP-62 aircrews commenced transition training to the P-3C Update III aircraft with training being done by the ﬂeet replacement squadrons, VPs 30 and 31. First delivery of the new aircraft occurred in November 1987. The aircraft had an entirely new underwater acoustic monitoring system, doubling the number of Sonobuoys that could be monitored concurrently over earlier marks. Improvements in avionics, computers (AN/AYA-8) and cooling systems were added, along with a retractable forward-looking infrared turret under the chin and Harpoon missile capability. VP-62 completed transition to the P3C UIII on 31 March 1989, marking the ﬁrst time in reserve patrol history that a reserve squadron received the latest state-of-the-art aircraft.
14 June 1988: VP-62 ﬁred its ﬁrst Harpoon missile during a live-ﬁre ﬂeet exercise. The missile was the ﬁrst ever ﬁred by a reserve aircrew from the P-3C UIII aircraft. It scored a direct hit sinking the target, a former Army Corps of Engineers barge.
15–30 July 1989: VP-62 became the ﬁrst reserve squadron to deploy for active duty training to NS Rota with the P-3C UIII aircraft.
May 1993: VP-62 became the ﬁrst Navy patrol squadron to have a female assigned as a member of a combat aircrew. Lieutenant Commander Kay Hire was selected for duty as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO), serving aboard a P-3C UIII as navigator/communicator.