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.