Skip to content

Young Gun

Carper Makes an Impression at Air Show

At the time this photo was taken in the 1980s, Tom Carper was Delaware’s at-large Representative in the House. But this youngster was probably more interested in Carper’s flight suit and the Navy P-3 anti-submarine patrol aircraft on display at this air show at the Greater Wilmington Airport in Delaware.

Carper, now the junior Senator from the state, then a Naval Reservist in his 30s, served as mission commander for P-3 flights. The Democrat served in the Reserves for 18 years, retiring with the rank of captain with Patrol Squadron 66 at Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Pennsylvania. He was on active duty in the Navy from 1968 to 1973, serving in Vietnam.

Recent Stories

Alabama IVF ruling spurs a GOP reckoning on conception bills

House GOP may extend recess as spending talks drag

FEC reports shine light on Super Tuesday primaries

Editor’s Note: Never mind the Ides of March, beware all of March

Supreme Court to hear arguments on online content moderation

In seeking justice by jury trials, Camp Lejeune veterans turn to Congress