John Hanna

I am a vet and I served from 1958 to 1962. My rank and job was Aviation Electrician's Mate, 3rd class petty officer. I was an air crew member and flight electrician specializing in instruments and auto pilots. The aircraft I crewed on was a Lockheed Constellation that was built as a radar surveillance, early warning platform. The planes flew countless hours, around the clock, 365 days a year on patrols next to Russia's east coast (Kamchatka peninsula) and along the Arctic Circle (DEW Line). In the 50's through the mid 70's, we were America's first line of defense against ICBM missile attacks coming from Russia. My flights flew out of Point Mugu Naval Air Station in California. We were assigned to the Pacific Missile Range. Every time one of our missile's were launched from Vandenberg AFB, we tracked them all the way to Kwajalein Atoll where they splashed down into the lagoon. I realize this is not tattoo art but it is "art from the heart". I found an old 50's-era aircraft auxiliary fuel tank (drop tank) and hand painted the shark's teeth and wings on the tank. It is meant to be a tribute to the crew mates I flew with and also the plane. The Navy's designation for the aircraft was WV-2. All WV-2's were affectionately called a "Willy Victor". My specific aircraft, Bureau Number 141309, is now parked at the Flight Museum at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. We're all obsolete now - the plane and the crews. Satellites are the Early Warning system in today's world.