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Photos by Ed Bettencourt III (AMH-2)

AMH-2 Ed Bettencourt III was a member of VT-5, Saufley Field, Pensacola Fla. from October 1958 to June 1962.

Training Squadron FIVE (VT-5) was established in 1956 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, by redesignating a Basic Training Unit (BTU) squadron. At the time these photos were taken it used T-28C Trojans to fulfill its mission: Carrier Qualification. Its tail code was "2S".

Formation, Carrier Qualification

Formation, Carrier Qualification

Formation, Carrier Qualification

Approach, Marine Major

Approach, Marine Major

Approach, Marine Major

Arrested landing

Arrested landing

Touch and Go, angled deck

Arrested landing (note tail hook)

Arrested landing

Island and twin 5"/38 gun mounts. Note guns plugged with wood

Tie-down between hops

Unknown sailor between hops

Unknown sailors, flight deck

Ed's "Rack", USS Antietam (notice rack isn't made up, he went in on Liberty Launch every night)

Ready for launch

Taking off

Taking off

Taking off (end of carrier)

S2F Tracker from New Iberia, LA, waiting on VT-5 to qualify

Approaching Saufley Field

Ed Bettencourt III; Saufley Field Tower in background

Tie-down, Saufley Field

Barin Field Flight Line, Foley, Alabama

Barin Field Fire House/Duty House

Barin Field Hangar

Formation, leaving Alabama coastline

Ed Bettencourt III, AMH2, Pensacola, FL, June 1960

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