Pat Stanley Pictures
Pat Ready to Fly Flight Line at NASNI Refueling at Sea Ready to Climb Aboard Steamy Deck
Pat Ready to Fly
The 205 picture shows one of the VS-29 S2E trackers that I flew in and worked on.  I was an AW (Rate) and flew in the #3 seat for radar, mad and ECM.  I also worked in the electronic shop, so I flew them, wrote up problems and later fixed them (black box replacement mainly).  In the 202 photo, I'm the short guy on the right and to my right was my flying partner Chief Antikanen (can't remember his first name).  I don't recall the names of the pilot and copilot to our right either.  One of them could have been the name on the airplane below the pilots window, Lt. Ted Shown.  The harness that we are wearing are survival belts worn when we fly over water.  They include floatation devices and other equipment(e.g. signal mirror, marker dye, knife, etc.) to be used after ditching (successfully).  Of course I'm wearing our Navy issued flight jacket that I wish I still had.  During cold weather flights during the winter months we had to wear wet suits with blowers connected to them.  They weren't very comfortable.  I'm just glad I had excellent pilots and we didn't have to ditch or bail out.
I believe that I logged over 100 hours of flight time.  Most of it came from our deployment to Viet Nam (Gulf of Tonkin) in the summer of 1972.  We were on station aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) where we detected a Russian sub masked under a trawler (we think).  Attached are some other photos that I took on some of our deployments. When I got out of the Navy in August 1973, the squadron was due to switch to the new S3-A Vikings and the Tico was going to the scrap yard.  It was fun when it lasted, but it was time to move on.  I hope you find this interesting.
Pat Stanley