Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Archives

Douglas Peterson Oral History Edit


OHP 082


  • September 22, 2015 (Creation)


  • 29 Sheets (Part)
  • 7 Files (Part)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Douglas Peterson began his interview by discussing his interest in airplanes and desire to fly. After high school, Peterson entered the Naval Academy in June of 1960, graduated in 1964, and immediately began flight training at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida where he primarily flew T-34s. He was then sent to Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida where he learned to fly A-4s before being sent to fly with VA-34 aboard Intrepid. Peterson discussed his time going through the Suez Canal in the midst of the Six Day War, his time at Subic Bay, Philippines, and being stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin. He discussed life aboard the ship and his daily interactions. Peterson then talked about his reconnaissance missions and alpha strikes. While completing a bombing mission, his plane was struck with artillery fire, which he did not realize until he landed back on the ship. Peterson went on to discuss several topics such as radar countermeasures, anti-war protests, and rescue ships. He finished by discussing his time as an instructor pilot after his time on Intrepid, and then finding work with the Wisconsin Power and Light company after his time in military service. Peterson also served on the Saratoga while in the Navy. He also spoke in detail about his first of several visits to the Intrepid museum.