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       VP-40 was the squadron designation of the contingent of P-5M patrol seaplanes stationed at Sangley Point during the late 50's and early 60's. Seaplane operations were fun to watch. From their spray-filled, jet assisted take-offs to their graceful "landings" they were always under the watchful eye of the orange and white high-power "crash-boats." As kids, we would go down to the seawall behind the Station Theater and watch as the planes were launched and recovered. Since the tall, three-deck P-5Ms had no landing gear, swimmers would have to attach wheels to the aircraft before they were towed ashore, and would have to detach them when they were launched.

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