From ARIA to ACAT - 40 Years Service
The support requirements for Apollo, compiled by NASA's Office of Manned Space Flight (OMSF), originally stated a need for twelve heavily instrumented, long-range, high-speed aircraft to supplement the telemetry and communication support to be provided by the Apollo ships. After program refinement that the aircraft requirement would be eight, six to be on station with two standby spares. 60-0372 was one of the original eight Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft stationed out of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
At the end of the Apollo program, 60-0372 transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. With a new base came a new designation, Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft. After a long career as an ARIA aircraft, 60-0372 modified as ACAT - AFRL C41 Airborne Testbed, "Have LACE" Program to provide jam-resistant airborne communication.
Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18147.
Conversion to EC-135N with electrical and structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 6, 1967
Aircraft arrived at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
January 1, 1968
Aircraft Online and Operational as an Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft.
Transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 4950th Test Wing, operational as an Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft.
December 31, 1981
Converted to C-135N.
June 30, 1982
Converted to C-135E.
November 1, 1992
Last inventory record WPAFB.
May 22, 2002
ACAT - AFRL C41 Airborne Testbed, "Have LACE" Program to provide jam-resistant airborne communication.
March 17, 2005
Transferred to Edwards Air Force Base. Placed in flyable storage.
Transferred to AMARC under PCN/Inventory Number AACA0145.
January 15, 2008
March 13, 2013
Credit: Randy L. Losey