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the beginning . . . The National Aeronautics and Space Administration required a platform to provide  tracking and telemetry to fulfill Apollo requirements in remote locations across  the world. This platform would also be tasked to fulfill Department of Defense  requirements. In 1966 the Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft program was  born. the price . . . On May 6, 1981, the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft 61-0328 departed  from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on a training mission; it was to be the last  flight. The aircraft crashed at Walkersville, Maryland, 21 souls on board.  the heritage . . . The dawn of a new millennium ended the Advanced Range Instrumentation  Aircraft program. ARIA played an important role in the United States defense  program. Before it would end, ARIA would touch the hearts of the men and  women that served in the program supporting the United States of America and  other countries around the world.   this site . . . flyARIA.com is a private web site that has no affiliation with the United States Air  Force or any government agency. This site was created to provide a safe haven to record the history of the Apollo/Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft  program.
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