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2014 reunion @ Pensacola, FL

The reunion was a success. thank all of you who attended. The P8-A was a great trip, and the food at the flight academy was excellent.
Here are some pictures from the Reunion

I received this from Bea Palmer (Arts wife) this weekend. If you remember the Tiki Hut at the pool, it burned after we left. Here is the link to the newspaper story


and a picture of it burning

Tiki Hut burns

Tiki Hut burns


This page will contain info about the upcoming 2014 reunion.

A Video of the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach for you

Here is the FINAL reunion roster of people who have returned their completed registration forms to me. This list is the final version before I depart to the reunion
2014 Reunion Roster-10-3-2014

I have received official word that VP30 will fly a P8-A over to NAS Pensacola on Thurs 10/9/14 for us. They will conduct a tour inside of it from 1300-1500.
There are a few other changes to the schedule because of this.

Here is the new schedule.
Weds-10/8- Welcome Reception 1700-1800
Thursday-10/9- 1300-1500 P8-A tour, 1730-2000 buffet @ pool
Friday- 10/10- 0900-1130 VA meeting, 1400-1530- Business Meeting
Saturday-10/11- 0930-1030 Paul Cardinal Presentation, 1600-1700 Group Pictures,1730-1830 Happy Hour, 1830-2030 Dinner
Sunday- 10/12- 1200 close 2014 reunion

Here is the reunion roster of people who have returned their completed registration forms to me, and the people who have committed to attending but not returned their forms to me yet as of 9/16/14. This list will be updated every week until the reunion.
2014 Reunion Roster-9-16-2014

I talked to the Flight Academy today and they want a head count for Sat. nights dinner by 9/19/14. So if you want to eat dinner that night PLEASE send me your form before that date. Otherwise you can stand and watch the rest of us enjoy their meal.

Here is the reunion roster of people who have returned their completed registration forms to me, and the people who have committed to attending but not returned their forms to me yet as of 9/03/14. This list will be updated every week until the reunion.
2014 Reunion Roster-9-03-2014

I have been sent a book from author Mr. Rick Cambell. He has written a book (which I have read and highly recommend)entitled THE TRIDENT DECEPTION It is the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy’s THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. We will have signed books on hand for sale during our reunion.

We also will have an author, Mr Paul Cardinal, who has written a book WHEN PIGS FLEW. Pauls father served aboard the USS CURRITUCK during the last few flights of the P5M. Paul has written a semi factual novel about the live and times of that era. He has video of some of the happenings while in Viet Nam and will be showing that as well as autographing his books at our reunion. He and his sister will be there Friday and Sat. Be sure and attend to hear his tales.

Here is an update for our buffet on Thursday night. We will have a Ukulele band instead of a Steel Drum Band play for our pleasure. This band will play and sing songs from our eras from 5:00 until 8:00 or later if we desire.

Here is the menu for dinner Sat night @ the Flight Academy.

Plated Dinner
Garden Salad
Served with a garlic ranch dressing
Entrée Options
Feta and Pancetta Stuffed Chicken Breast
Bone in ribeye
Garlic Mashed Potato
Seasonal Mixed Vegetables
Dinner Rolls
NY Style Cheesecake
Water Service with Dinner

PLEASE include your choice of either

Feta and Pancetta Stuffed Chicken Breast
or Bone in ribeye
with your completed form to me.


Here is some info about transportation to/from Airport to hotel from the hotel staff.
For the shuttle, we do not have a shuttle. The average cost for a cab ride is about $25-30. We do have airlines that stay with us and they use Royal Taxi/Shuttle. If you wanted to contact them here is their info:
Phone (850) 934-0123

I have mailed or emailed out the registration form to ALL members. So far I have received info  back from 92 members (and wives) that will be attending the reunion.
I will publish the names of attendees very soon.


here is the registration form for the 2014 reunion. Please fill it out and return to me, along with the funds. So far we have 88 people who have commited to attend. It should be a great turnout.
registration and meals 2014 reunion form    – WORD version
registration and meals 2014 reunion form     -PDF version

As I receive completed forms back, or when I receive confirmation from members, I will start publishing the names of attendees on this tab for people to read in case that might persuade you to attend…
I will update the list weekly at a minimum.

I just got home from a very productive trip to Pensacola,and Jacksonville, FL.
I have finalized our reunion details (as much as possible for now).
We are set for the Holiday Inn Resort @ Pensacola Beach. The rates are the same as posted before.
The Thursday buffet by the pool is set, Friday we will have a guest speaker, I meet with him last week and he will provide
handouts and help with filing for VA claims as well as Agent Orange claims.
I stopped at NAS JAX and talked to VP30 Ops, and they have scheduled a P8-A to fam over to Pensacola Friday during our reunion and we
will get to board it and take a tour. Sat night our dinner will be at the National Flight Academy, as the museum is still not having any functions outside of the daily schedule.
And it probably will not change. WE will have our group pictures taken by our plane QE10 on Sat afternon before dinner.
I toured the Flight Academy and it was like stepping onto a ship. I think it will bring back some memories to anyone who was on a ship back then.
I will post a few pictures I took on my trip.
All in all we will be ready for the reunion. Hope to see you all there.
Guy Fisk

I have posted the Feb. 2014 VP40 newsletter on the site today. It has much of the needed information about the reunion for you. I will post the sign up form for you to fill out and return to me if you plan to attend. This form will be in the MEMBERS ONLY TAB. Login to access it.

REUNION UPDATE   1/21/2014

I have been trying to finalize the upcoming reunion agenda and prices, and I am coming close to it.

Here is what I have to date.

The reunion starts Oct. 8, 2014 and ends Oct 12, 214.

Location is the Holiday Inn Resort, Pensacloa Beach, FL.

Weds. 10/8/14 — registration day/night in ready room

Thurs. 10/09/14 — buffet dinner poolside with a steel drum band for your dancing pleasure.

Friday 10/10/14 — no dinner planned. there is some nice dining within walking distance from hotel.

Sat. 10/11/14) Dinner at the Flight Academy on Pensacola Naval Base. this is the new building next to the air museum. (here is their web site )
,the Naval Air Museum is NOT taking any reservations for extra activities for the forseeable future. The flight Academy will have their flight simulators open to us for 1 hour prior to dinner. We will have a photographer for photo’s that evening there as well. We will have a trolley for those who need transportation to and from the hotel. (price $12-15)

Sat 10/11/14) — Business meeting from 1300 -1500 in ready room. (members only)

Sunday — reunion completed for this year.

We will have a VA retiree attend our reunion as a guest speaker and to assist people with VA/agent orange matters. This should be very helpfull for those of us in need of help with the VA.

Also I have talked to VP30 and they have agreed to fly over the new P8A (P3V) replacement for us to admire. I was hoping that VP40 would be training on them at that time but they will not be in training until FY15.
The Blue Angel agenda is changing and I do not know if they will be in town for us or not.

I will be sending out a newsletter this month, with more detailed info and the signup sheet for you to fill out and return to me.
I hope to see you all there. until then stay healthy and happy
Guy Fisk

for those of you living in the cold parts of the USA here is the web cam of the beach outside of our hotel for the reunion.


As of now 5/2013 I have confirmed the dates The reunion will start Weds 10/8/14 to Sunday 10/12/2014

The hotel we will be staying is the Holiday Inn Resort on Pensacola Beach. Here is their website.

A info page for you to make reservations.

VP40 group code letter

The rate of $119 for the sound side rooms and $154 for the Gulf Front with the private balcony will apply for that week only. More details will follow on the hotel.

We will have a poolside cookout Thurs, I am not sure about Friday yet, and our Banquet will be Sat night @ the Naval Air Museum on NAS.

I have been in contact with VP30, they are the rag (training squadron for VP’s ) now. They have combined with VP31 and are stationed @ NAS JAX, FL

As of now they have agreed to fly a FAM trip with the P8A to NAS Pensacola while we are there. Perhaps they will be training VP40 members then. Hopefully we can make this happen.

Also the Blue angels will be in town that week and we should be able to look out the hotel windows and see them practice.

I will post more info when I have more details.

Hope to see you ALL there in 2014, until then Stay Healthy and Happy

Guy Fisk

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