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The following photos are from the collection of former VR-24 member, Dale Jackson. The photos were taken at Port Lyautey when Dale was assigned to the squadron there from 1954 to 1956.

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The mixed bag of aircraft in this photo includes aircraft of a beach detachment, probably from a carrier in the Med, and one P2V. Of particular note is the group of Chance-Vaught F7U Cutlass aircraft, without a doubt, among the strangest looking birds ever flown by the Navy.

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The Cutlass' long nose strut was needed to give the aircraft sufficient angle of attack to take off. Without a separate empenage and horizontal tail surfaces, the Cutlass was not capable of rotating for lift off.

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Rear view of the F7U, widely known as the "tail-less wonder"

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Beyond a VR-22 R5D, a line of North American FJ3 Furies, derivatives of the Air Force F-86 Sabre, graces the Port Lyautey ramp.

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