SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
'Pacific Missile Range 926' parks | WV-2 145926 | RAF Changi February 1962
US Navy WV-2 145926, parks and completes its engine shut down checks at Changi on 24th February 1962, after being involved in tracking Commander John Glenn in 'Friendship 7'. The nose badge shows an ‘overweight duck’ wearing a dunce’s cap and the motif ‘Le Doda Global.’
Starting in the late ‘50s, 145926 was based at Aguna Naval Air Station on Guam with Squadron VW-1, one of 24 ‘Willie Victors’ operated there by Airborne Early Warning Squadrons VW-1 and VW-3. These provided early warning coverage for the US Seventh Fleet and during 1961 Squadron VW-1 was given the additional responsibility for weather reconnaissance from the International Dateline, west to the Malaysian Peninsula and from the equator north.
However this aircraft 145926 had left the Seventh Fleet and now had a new home in California at the Pacific Missile Range where it stayed as ‘PMR926’ plotting many US Navy missiles tests until 1976.