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Old June 17th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #16
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Popasmoke News Letter;

Originally Posted by str8shooter View Post
ok dumb question... I always thought a phrog was a frog, whats a phrog?
I couldn't find a link to the news letter so I'll type in the story of the Phrog. The complete article is nearly two pages long. But this is the meat.

For those that wanted to know, or thought they knew.

By John Moprgenstern
Boeing rep, HMX-1 Quantico, VA.
Resident Phrogologist

While standing on the parking ramp in Quantico, VA. in 1965, Majors Bruce Colbert and Fritz Zander were watching the approach of an H-46 over the Potomac River, perpendicular to the runway and facing the headquarters building, when Bruce suddenly blurted out, "I'll be a (SOB) that aircraft looks like a frog from the front!". Fritz, a great artist and cartoonist, pondered the statement, and a few days later, produced the first cartoon of the Phrog, The term Frog was since used at HMX-1 by the pilots and crew members.

1967 (paraphrased)
The term frog was questioned by the management of Boeing because they didn't want any derogatory terms used to degrade the aircraft or product.

On June 27, 1967, I answered that the term "Frog" was affectionately used by the HMX-1 pilots and crew, and the rationale was: It looks like a frog from the front, it is amphibious, and on top of that, it is green. The term stuck and subsequently was spelled with a "PH" (as in Phrog).

In late 1968 the first patches were purchased for the new Phrog Phlyers showing a Phrog smoking a big cigar. The Boeing reps had certificates made to present to the newly trained Phrog Phlyers.

I hope that helps explain the term Phrog instead of the plain ole frog.

Thanks from str8shooter

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Old June 23rd, 2012, 08:40 PM   #17
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Neat history! Thanks for a bit more info about the "Phrog".

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Old June 23rd, 2012, 10:37 PM   #18
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Congrats, and thanks for your service. When you pass by the Cardiff reef do something pretty! There are always a bunch of crusty old vets in the line up, and they would sure get a kick outta that! If you have victor freqs, go Winchester (130.30). We'll try to get a handheld. See you there!

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Sayonara old girl...

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 05:44 PM   #20
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The best helicopter God ever created! Unless you serviced, turned wrenches on or flew these aircraft and served side by side with the Marines who maintained these superb machines, you will never know how special the '46 is. No disrespect to you grunts but to a lot guys, a ride is just a ride. I dont know how many times i slept on my plane during Desert Shield/Storm only to be awaken by a medevac to pick up some grunt who had a heart attack or ran his amtrak into a ditch and broke his jaw or got shot, the phog always accomplished the mission. I told one of my old pilots who is a two-star at Quantico to have my plane, buno 156457, delivered to my house when the goverment is done with it. I'll turn it into a jungle gym for my kids.


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Old December 3rd, 2012, 06:17 PM   #21
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Oh no, sad day for me. Your mention of your BuNo got me searching for my first Phrog again. I just found out she was striken in '09 after a hard landing. I hope the crew was ok. :(

42 years of flying, I guess the Corps got their money's worth out of 154015.

It looks like yours made it to the Bone Yard.

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