VF-62 and the FJ-3 Fury

This was the first FJ-3 to arrive at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in October 1955.  It was the ‘state of the art’ for carrier fighter aircraft but took it’s toll.  Of the pilots in this picture, one will be killed on takeoff, Dan Potter, one will be injured on a low altitude ejection, Ron Gordon, one will be seriously burned in a crash landing at  Leeward Point, Cuba, Jerry O’Dell, and two will eject over the Mediterranean, Carl Sommers & Nick Nicholson.


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