Historian and author Andrew Jampoler talks about his book [Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot ], in which he chronicles the crash of a crew. Alfa Foxtrot , a U. S. Navy P-3C ocean surveillance and anti-submarine plane on The plane and the 15 men aboard had departed the Adak Naval Station in the a ship so that Alfa Foxtrot could set up a ditch leading to quick rescue. Book Cover: ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot by Andy Jampoler. Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest; Google + · Email. Book Cover: ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa.

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Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

Summary The true story of a flight crew’s desperate battle to survive a crash in the mountainous seas west of the Aleutian Islands. Third Fleet maritime patrol operations in the North Pacific was complete, and Crew 6 found itself once again in the hopper, eligible to be put into the crew rotation by the detachment schedules officer.

There were some aspects that annoyed me: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Bill Duxbury rated it it was ok Apr 23, Also included in that number were the or so officers and enlisted men of the rotating patrol squadron, who would deploy to the island while their families remained behind. True account of the ditching of a US Navy P-3 aircraft near the Aleutian Islands that resulted in the death of 5 of the 15 crewmen onboard. There were nine men in the smaller, seven-man raft.

His last flight as a P-3 Orion patrol plane commander from Naval Station Adak, Alaska, took place just twenty-one months before Alfa Foxtrot went down. Surfacing, he saw Grigsby still astride the fuselage. Adak’s maximum population gave it the status of a very large town in Alaska. American intelligence collection units in the air and on the ground, focused intently on the aircraft and on the response its flight was expected to stimulate, would record everything the Russians radiated for later analysis.


Lists with This Book. The crew’s new tactical coordinator, or tacco, Lt.

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Bill Porter, tucked in behind Conway’s P-3C to bird-dog the rafts. In October of a P-3 C Orion military plane caught fire and the crew was forced to ditch the aircraft in the ocean off the coast of Russia.

The call sign of Sky King’s radio voice, Burning Bush, suggested an origin more divine than regal. In those few hours, Grigsby’s crew would be exchanging a mild autumn in California’s Santa Clara Valley dubbed Silicon Valley; during the next twenty years it would become the technology foxtrkt of the world and the benign San Francisco Bay for early winter at a rocky and spare outpost, little changed since the end of World War II, on the stormy Bering Sea: Art rated it really liked it Dec 02, I found myself reliving True account of the ditching of a US Navy P-3 aircraft near the Aleutian Islands that resulted in the death of 5 of the 15 crewmen onboard.

Ball figured that Grigsby had been up there, counting his men, disregarding marrow-deep drives for self-preservation, until he could be reasonably sure he was the last to leave. Grigsby’s first squadron tour had been in Patrol Squadron 50 in the late s, where at first he flew the ponderous, boat-hulled Martin P-5M2 Marlin seaplane.

Adak was still miles away – a distance they clearly couldn’t make. Thursday, 26 October, would not be especially bad by the standards of the Aleutians.

And Coast Guarda C Hercules prop jet, was diverted to help. Garrett Speace rated it liked it Nov 04, Earl and Miriam Selby. Gibbons pulled him up. The gauge showed percent, thenthen Caylor pulled him up. No trivia or quizzes yet.

In an earlier era, foxteot full squadron of twelve crews and nine aircraft would have deployed to Adak from its home station in California or Hawaii and hunted submarines from this base in the Aleutians for five or six months until relieved by another squadron.

Grigsby’s mother, white-haired, weather-beaten from life on the mid-western plains, saw and understood. Kim rated it it was amazing Aug 29, In the resdue of the plane, ordnanceman David Reynolds had been buried under debris.


Most of that equipment would lie fallow during this flight.

Andy Crepea rated it really liked it Mar 24, Thank you for using the catalog. Roman rated it liked it Feb 15, Still the ship didn’t respond.

These heroes rewcue their jackets with a white silk scarf, while carving flaming reputations through the skies over the Pacific. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jan Herman, historian and author of The Lucky Few: Lydia Mosher rated it really liked it Feb 18, Gradually, he slid under the raft water until only his head was visible.

Tbe he and Gibbons extended the foot antenna of their survival radio beacon to signal aircraft.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 12, Danielle rated it it was amazing. Navy had no fleet permanently assigned, had compelled the Americans to redistribute assets to those remote and unfamiliar waters. Error requesting format availability. The Search Continues p. Thus the mountainous swells threatened to swamp the tiny craft within minutes. Grigsby’s mission was to take his aircraft and crew west from their base in the Aleutian Islands, past Attu and nearly to the Kamchatka coast of Siberia, home to some of the Soviet Union’s most sensitive military installations in the Far East.

Their route of flight was north up the jet airways along the Pacific Coast, then across the Gulf of Alaska, passing abeam distant Anchorage, and, finally, generally west out along the long, drooping arc of islands that formed the Aleutian archipelago to Adak. The lightweight leather jacket evoked the famous naval aces of World War II, gimlet-eyed gunfighters flying bent-winged Corsairs or pudgy Hellcats.

Elation faded in the biting cold and pelting rain. At Adak, another P-3C, commanded by Lt.