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The photos on this page are from the collection of Ronald Salamanca. Ron's father, Raymond Salamanca, served with VR-24 as a pilot from 1963 to 1966. Ron remembers arriving in Port Lyautey in the spring of 1963. He had his 7th birthday in Casablanca. As he remembers it, they stayed at the Mimora Hotel in downtown Kenitra untill they went to Rota. There they initially lived in an apartment in Puerto de Santa Maria before moving into base housing at Rota. Across the street from their apartment there was a park with a large Merry Go Round. Ron remembers that it was made in Philadelphia. It is fortunate that Ron Salamanca saved his father's photos and has chosen to share them on the VR-24 website.


Anyone who has photos, stories, and material they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, Webmaster/Editor of the VR-24 website.

(salamanca collection)

VR-24 Change of command officers and chief petty officers formation, Rota, Spring 1965.

(salamanca collection)

VR-24 Change of command part of the squadron enlisted formation, Rota, Spring 1965.

(salammanca collection)

The Salamanca's house onbase at Rota.

(salammanca collection)

The apartment in Fuentebravia where the Salamanca family lived before returning to the U.S in April 1965.

(salamanca collection)

Seven year old Ron Salamanca sits in front of the family radio console as his mother arranges his sister's hair. A life-long Ham/Amature radio operator, Ron reports that he taught himself Morse code, and by eight was able to copy twenty words a minute. That was better than many Navy trained radio operators could do.

(salamanca)

Two members of the squadron stand at the nose wheel of R6D 572, one of two Douglas R6Ds assigned to VR-24.

(salamanca)

R6D 597, the other R6D assigned to VR-24.

(salamanca)

This dome houses the air traffic control radar used to guide aircraft, including those of VR-24, approaching or leaving Rota.

(salamanca)

This group of VR-24 officers, plus one individual in civilian dress and an Air Force major, appear to be awaiting the departure of the R6D in the background. The photo dates from 1965 and is thought to have been taken at Rota. However, the presence of the Air Force officer and the other aircraft in the background suggest that it could have been taken elsewhere. Assistance in identifying individuals in the photo would be appreciated.

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