ARIA Aircraft 60-0375 From ARIA to ARGUS - 40 Years Service Aircraft   60-0375   was   the   only   Air   Force   C-135E   capable   of   flying   extended   missions   up   to 50,000 feet. A   unique   flying   research   laboratory   disappeared   from   Kirtland,   New   Mexico   on   April   18,   2001. The   C-135E   aircraft,   known   as   Argus   and   sporting   its   distinctive   Tasmanian   devil   nose   decor, was   flown   to   the Aerospace   Maintenance   and   Regeneration   Center   at   Davis-Monthan Air   Force Base   (AZ),   where   it   will   be   stored   to   await   its   final   disposition.   It   flew   its   last   data-gathering mission   last   summer,   conducting   atmospheric   tests   for   the   airborne   laser   program.   The   Argus flight   test   program   was   a   unique   opportunity   for   the Air   Force   Research   Laboratory,   allowing   its highly   skilled   scientists   and   engineers   to   take   technological   developments   from   the   laboratory and   test   them   in   the   field,   according   to   Capt.   Craig   Phillips,   Argus   mission   operations   chief. This   flying   research   laboratory   not   only   supported   the   Department   of   Defense   but   also   the National   Aeronautics   and   Space   Administration,   the   Department   of   Energy   and   the   airborne laser system program office. ARIA Aircraft 60-0375 Time Line 1960 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18150. 1966 Conversion   to   EC-135N   with   electrical   and   structural   modifications   at   Douglas   Aircraft,   Tulsa, Oklahoma. Date Unknown Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft On line and Operational. Apollo Moon Rock Express I & II December 1975 Transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. December 31, 1989 Converted to C-135N. June 30, 1982 Converted to C-135E. November 1, 1992 Last inventory record WPAFB. Date Unknown ARGUS Program. April 18, 200 Left Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico. April 18, 2001 AMARC as CA0129. January 15, 2008 AMARC Inventory. September 12, 2013 Scrapped Source: Randy Losey
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ARIA Aircraft 60-0375 From ARIA to ARGUS - 40 Years Service Aircraft    60-0375    was    the    only    Air    Force    C-135E capable of flying extended missions up to 50,000 feet. A   unique   flying   research   laboratory   disappeared   from Kirtland,   New   Mexico   on   April   18,   2001.   The   C-135E aircraft,   known   as   Argus   and   sporting   its   distinctive Tasmanian     devil     nose     decor,     was     flown     to     the Aerospace   Maintenance   and   Regeneration   Center   at Davis-Monthan   Air   Force   Base   (AZ),   where   it   will   be stored   to   await   its   final   disposition.   It   flew   its   last   data- gathering       mission       last       summer,       conducting atmospheric   tests   for   the   airborne   laser   program.   The Argus   flight   test   program   was   a   unique   opportunity   for the   Air   Force   Research   Laboratory,   allowing   its   highly skilled   scientists   and   engineers   to   take   technological developments   from   the   laboratory   and   test   them   in   the field,   according   to   Capt.   Craig   Phillips,   Argus   mission operations   chief.   This   flying   research   laboratory   not only   supported   the   Department   of   Defense   but   also the    National   Aeronautics    and    Space   Administration, the    Department    of    Energy    and    the    airborne    laser system program office. ARIA Aircraft 60-0375 Time Line 1960 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18150. 1966 Conversion   to   EC-135N   with   electrical   and   structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Date Unknown Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft On line and Operational. Apollo Moon Rock Express I & II December 1975 Transferred   to   Wright-Patterson   Air   Force   Base,   Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. December 31, 1989 Converted to C-135N. June 30, 1982 Converted to C-135E. November 1, 1992 Last inventory record WPAFB. Date Unknown ARGUS Program. April 18, 200 Left Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico. April 18, 2001 AMARC as CA0129. January 15, 2008 AMARC Inventory. September 12, 2013 Scrapped Source: Randy Losey