A Brief Encounter with ARIA I   was   a   young   buck   sergeant,   stationed   at   Buckley   ANGB,   Colorado,   in   1970.   I   had   one   brief encounter with ARIA that ended up changing my life. We   had   a   lot   of   different   types   of   transient   aircraft   going   in   and   out   of   Buckley   in   that   era. As   a ground   radio   maintenance   tech,   I   got   to   see   most   of   them   from   our   transmitter   site   close   to   the control    tower    and    transient    parking    area.    One    afternoon,    a    very    strange    visitor    with    the distinctive   bulbous   nose   showed   up   and   parked   not   a   hundred   yards   from   us.   As   a   space enthusiast   almost   from   the   day   Sputnik   was   launched,   I   was   very   excited   because   I   knew   this was one of the famous ARIA airplanes. Feeling   that   I   had   nothing   to   lose,   I   walked   across   the   road,   onto   the   parking   ramp,   and approached   the   crew,   who   were   deplaning,   and   shamelessly   asked   for   a   tour.   The   stars aligned,   the   gods   were   friendly,   and   I   found   myself   being   shown   around   what   I   considered   to be   the   sexiest   machine   flying.   The   tour   ended   all   too   soon,   and   with   many   thanks,   I   returned   to ground radio duties. Not   long   after   that,   there   was   a   shortage   personnel   call   for   AFSC   308X0,   space   systems command   and   control.   I   hot   footed   it   to   CBPO,   filled   out   my   papers,   and   eventually   made   it   into training for that field. Unfortunately,   the   assignments   I   got   were   not   to   put   me   into   the   really   cool   part   of   the   field,   as   I eventually   ended   up   in   ground   satellite   terminal   maintenance.   However,   I   did   actually   cross paths   again   with   another   ARIA   veteran.   I   was   eventually   stationed   at   Shemya   AFS   and   had several friends who worked with and on Cobra Ball 2664. To   this   day   I   have   a   soft   spot   for   the   ARIA   guys   who   got   me   started   on   this   career   path.   I eventually   got   a   degree   in   electrical   engineering,   and   am   now   working   on   the   new   Boeing   KC- 46A tanker. One of my tasks is writing tests for the mission satcom systems. Thanks guys! Great job. Source: Doug Wetzel
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A Brief Encounter with ARIA I    was    a    young    buck    sergeant,    stationed    at    Buckley ANGB,   Colorado,   in   1970.   I   had   one   brief   encounter with ARIA that ended up changing my life. We   had   a   lot   of   different   types   of   transient   aircraft   going in   and   out   of   Buckley   in   that   era.   As   a   ground   radio maintenance   tech,   I   got   to   see   most   of   them   from   our transmitter   site   close   to   the   control   tower   and   transient parking   area.   One   afternoon,   a   very   strange   visitor   with the   distinctive   bulbous   nose   showed   up   and   parked   not a   hundred   yards   from   us. As   a   space   enthusiast   almost from   the   day   Sputnik   was   launched,   I   was   very   excited because    I    knew    this    was    one    of    the    famous    ARIA airplanes. Feeling   that   I   had   nothing   to   lose,   I   walked   across   the road,   onto   the   parking   ramp,   and   approached   the   crew, who   were   deplaning,   and   shamelessly   asked   for   a   tour. The   stars   aligned,   the   gods   were   friendly,   and   I   found myself   being   shown   around   what   I   considered   to   be   the sexiest   machine   flying. The   tour   ended   all   too   soon,   and with many thanks, I returned to ground radio duties. Not   long   after   that,   there   was   a   shortage   personnel   call for AFSC   308X0,   space   systems   command   and   control. I    hot    footed    it    to    CBPO,    filled    out    my    papers,    and eventually made it into training for that field. Unfortunately,   the   assignments   I   got   were   not   to   put   me into    the    really    cool    part    of    the    field,    as    I    eventually ended    up    in    ground    satellite    terminal    maintenance. However,   I   did   actually   cross   paths   again   with   another ARIA   veteran.   I   was   eventually   stationed   at   Shemya AFS   and   had   several   friends   who   worked   with   and   on Cobra Ball 2664. To   this   day   I   have   a   soft   spot   for   the ARIA   guys   who   got me    started    on    this    career    path.    I    eventually    got    a degree   in   electrical   engineering,   and   am   now   working on   the   new   Boeing   KC-46A   tanker.   One   of   my   tasks   is writing tests for the mission satcom systems. Thanks guys! Great job. Source: Doug Wetzel