ARIA Aircraft 81-0891 In   1981   the   United   States Air   Force   bought   eight American Airlines   Boeing   707-320C   aircraft   at a   cost   of   around   1.5   million   dollars   each   with   the   initial   intent   to   modify   four   of   these   aircraft   to replace four of the aging EC-135N ARIA Aircraft. 81-0891   was   the   first   of   the American Airlines   aircraft   to   be   modified   for   the ARIA   mission.   The modification of this first Boeing 707-320C aircraft involved 300,000 man hours. The   ARIA   equipment   was   removed   from   one   of   the   original   eight   ARIA   EC-135N   aircraft   and installed in 81-0891. On   January   4,   1985 ARIA   aircraft   81-0891   was   placed   in   the   United   States   aircraft   inventory   as the only EC-18B in existence. The   equipment   installed   in   81-0891   was   the   typical   ARIA   setup   with   the   addition   of   the   SMILS system.   SMILS   was   the   Sonobouy   Missile   Impact   Locating   Systems   which   was   used   to   score MIRV re-entries in the Kwajalein and Kodiak ranges. The   SMILS   aircraft   had   the   left   wing   painted   black   with   red   insignia.   The   blacken   wing   reduced glare   reflected   off   the   wing   during   re-entry.   This   reduced   the   glare   to   the   high-speed   cameras that filmed out of the port windows. Source: Randy Losey
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ARIA Aircraft 81-0891 In    1981    the    United    States    Air    Force    bought    eight American Airlines   Boeing   707-320C   aircraft   at   a   cost   of around   1.5   million   dollars   each   with   the   initial   intent   to modify   four   of   these   aircraft   to   replace   four   of   the   aging EC-135N ARIA Aircraft. 81-0891   was   the   first   of   the   American   Airlines   aircraft to   be   modified   for   the   ARIA   mission.   The   modification of   this   first   Boeing   707-320C   aircraft   involved   300,000 man hours. The   ARIA   equipment   was   removed   from   one   of   the original   eight   ARIA   EC-135N   aircraft   and   installed   in 81-0891. On   January   4,   1985   ARIA   aircraft   81-0891   was   placed in   the   United   States   aircraft   inventory   as   the   only   EC- 18B in existence. The   equipment   installed   in   81-0891   was   the   typical ARIA   setup   with   the   addition   of   the   SMILS   system. SMILS    was    the    Sonobouy    Missile    Impact    Locating Systems   which   was   used   to   score   MIRV   re-entries   in the Kwajalein and Kodiak ranges. The   SMILS   aircraft   had   the   left   wing   painted   black   with red   insignia.   The   blacken   wing   reduced   glare   reflected off   the   wing   during   re-entry.   This   reduced   the   glare   to the    high-speed    cameras    that    filmed    out    of    the    port windows. Source: Randy Losey