I was in VW-4 1960-62. A few Navy planes (mostly large cargo or patrol planes) had been painted with a white top -- to help reflect the heat when flying low level in the tropics. The CO of VW-4 requested of BUAER or someone permission to paint our planes with a white top (leaving the bottom 3/4 a dull gray). This was approved for one plane (as a test) and by the summer of 1961 the squadron had moved from NAS Jacksonville (August-November 1960) to NS Roosevelt Roads. Before August 1960, we kept two planes and crews deployed to NS Roosevelt Roads to fly hurricane reconnaissance around and to the east of Puerto Rico. After August 1960, and as long as VW-4 was stationed in Puerto Rico, we kept two planes deployed to NAS Jacksonville during the hurricane season. This was probably the only time a Navy Squadron was "stationed overseas" and deployed to the States. Anyway, when the message came in authorizing ONE plane to be painted with a white top, it was a Saturday and my crew 2 happened to be deployed to NAS Jacksonville. We knew that whichever plane was painted first, would be the only one so painted (at least for a while), so BUNO 137892 was put in the hanger we were assigned to use when deployed to NAS Jacksonville and two or three of the crew rigged a pulley and line and with a boatswain's chair from the girders of the hanger and with a spray gun painted the top of BUNO 137892 white. Within a few weeks (maybe months) all were painted to have a dull gray bottom and white top.
This is more than you asked for, but you may find it interesting.
John R. Lincoln
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