Abilene Slim SASS 81783 Posted January 11 Share Posted January 11 In the “Devotion” thread, UB posted a video of the Ryan Fireball. Rather than hijack the thread, here’s more on the topic. The Martin company developed a twin engine patrol plane in a competition for the US Navy. Ultimately, the Lockheed P2 Neptune won the contract, but 21 examples of the P4M Mercator were built. Most went to my dad’s ELINT/SIGINT* squadron VQ-1, and to another recon squadron, VQ-2. These were unique with the jet engine in the same nacelle as the radial engine. The plane shown below is from VQ-1 over Iwakuni. The jet intakes under nacelle are visible in this image. Note the lack of squadron markings that were removed by censors for this photo. The second photo was taken by dad on the flight line at Iwakuni. It shows up on the web because I posted it a number of years ago to a Navy patrol plane assn. site. There you can see appropriate markings. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_P4M_Mercator *Electronic intercept/Signal intercept Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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