ARIA Aircraft 61-0327 After serving with ARIA, aircraft 61-0327 served as a command aircraft. The   EC-135N   on   display   at   the   Museum   of   Aviation   was   the   command   aircraft   for   General Norman   Schwarzkopf   and   Tommy   Franks   during   their   tours   as   Commanders   of   the   United States    Central    Command    (USCENTCOM).        General    Schwarzkopf    was    commander    of USCENTCOM   and   commander   of   Coalition   Forces   in   the   Gulf   War   of   1991.      General   Franks led USCENTCOM during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Aircraft   of   this   type   began   service   as   Airborne   Command   Posts   (ABCP)   with   the   Strategic   Air Command   (SAC)   during   the   early   years   of   the   Cold   War.      The   idea   was   for   specially-equipped aircraft   to   be   airborne   at   all   times,   24   hours   a   day,   7   days   a   week,   365   days   a   year,   in   the   event that   SAC’s   underground   command   center   was   destroyed   or   disabled.      This   airborne   command center   also   provided   an   alternate   method   of   launching   Minuteman/Peacekeeper   missiles   if ground   launch   control   centers   were   destroyed.      Initially,   17   KC-135B   tankers   were   adapted   for the   ABCP’s   mission   with   flights   beginning   on   February   3,   1961.      The   new   aircraft   was   dubbed the   Stratolifter   because   its   role   mirrored   ground-based   command,   control   and   communications, operations,   and   by   1964   was   formally   designated   EC-135.      The   EC-135   fleet   was   equipped with    comprehensive,    high-tech    communications    equipment,    which    allowed    the    airborne commander    to    link    with    national    command    authorities,    theatre    forces,    with    other    airborne command   posts   and   with   his   assets   on   the   ground.      The   flight   crew   of   an   EC-135   consisted   of two   pilots,   a   navigator,   an   airborne   refueling   system   operator,   and   several   communication system    operators.        For    29    years,    EC-135s    conducted    continuous    airborne    operations, accumulating   more   than   281,000   accident-free   flying   hours   –   an   aviation   phenomenon.      On July   24,   1990,   SAC   ceased   continuous   airborne   alert,   but   kept   EC-135s   on   ground   alert   24 hours   a   day.      On   October   1,   1998,   the   EC-135   aircraft   was   formally   retired   from   the   Air   Force, and its airborne mission transferred to a new platform – the Navy’ #-6B aircraft.  Aircraft 61-0327 History The   EC-135   service   to   the   Commander   in   Chief,   USCENTCOM,   began   at   Robins   AFB,   GA   in 1984   with   one   aircraft.         EC-135N   Aircraft   61-0327   began   its   service   at   Robins   AFB   in   1987 assigned   to   the   19th Air   Refueling   (H)   Wing.      During   its   tenure   at   Robins,   EC-135   aircrews   and maintenance   personnel   provided   mission   support   to   the   Commanders   of   USCENTCOM   and the   forces   in   Africa,   the   Middle   East   and   the   Central   Asian   Region.      Often   times,   crews operated   in   extreme   conditions   where   aircraft   ramp   temperatures   reached   over   145   degrees Fahrenheit.     Aircraft   61-0327   on   display   at   the   Museum   of Aviation,   was   the   last   aircraft   o   carry the   designation   of   EC-135N   and   was   delivered   to   the   1611th   Air   Transport   (heavy)   Wing (Military Air   Transport   Service),   McGuire AFB,   New   Jersey   on   November   29,   1961.      In   1966,   it was   transferred   to   the   Eastern Test   Range, Air   Force   Systems   Command   (AFSC),   Patrick AFB, Florida,   where   it   was   converted   to   an   EC-135N   model.      From   1975   until   1987,   61-0327   was flown   by   the   4950th Test   Wing   (AFSC),   Wright-Patterson AFB,   Ohio,   before   being   transferred   to the   19th   Air   Refueling   Wing   (SAC)   at   Robins   AFB,   Georgia.      With   more   than   20,000   flying hours   this   aircraft   was   retired   in   2003.      It   was   moved   to   the   Museum   of   Aviation   for   display   on March 2, 2006.    ARIA Aircraft 61-0327 Time Line 1960 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18234. 1966 Conversion   to   EC-135N   with   electrical   and   structural   modifications   at   Douglas   Aircraft,   Tulsa, Oklahoma. September 28, 1967 Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft Online and Operational. December 1975 Transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. June 30, 1985 Last Inventory Record WPAFB. Engines replaced at unknown date. 1987 Transferred   to   th   19th   Air   Refueling   Wing   (SAC)   Robins   Air   Force   Base,   Warner   Robins, Georgia. Airborne Command Post. 2003 Retired March 2, 2006 Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia. 2015 Aircraft scheduled to be scrapped. Source: Randy Losey
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ARIA Aircraft 61-0327 After   serving   with   ARIA,   aircraft   61-0327   served   as   a command aircraft. The   EC-135N   on   display   at   the   Museum   of   Aviation was     the     command     aircraft     for     General     Norman Schwarzkopf   and   Tommy   Franks   during   their   tours   as Commanders   of   the   United   States   Central   Command (USCENTCOM).              General       Schwarzkopf       was commander    of    USCENTCOM    and    commander    of Coalition   Forces   in   the   Gulf   War   of   1991.      General Franks   led   USCENTCOM   during   the   2003   invasion   of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Aircraft     of     this     type     began     service     as    Airborne Command     Posts     (ABCP)     with     the     Strategic     Air Command   (SAC)   during   the   early   years   of   the   Cold War.      The   idea   was   for   specially-equipped   aircraft   to be   airborne   at   all   times,   24   hours   a   day,   7   days   a week,    365    days    a    year,    in    the    event    that    SAC’s underground     command     center     was     destroyed     or disabled.          This     airborne     command     center     also provided       an       alternate       method       of       launching Minuteman/Peacekeeper    missiles    if    ground    launch control   centers   were   destroyed.      Initially,   17   KC-135B tankers    were    adapted    for    the   ABCP’s    mission    with flights    beginning    on    February    3,    1961.        The    new aircraft   was   dubbed   the   Stratolifter   because   its   role mirrored      ground-based      command,      control      and communications,     operations,     and     by     1964     was formally   designated   EC-135.      The   EC-135   fleet   was equipped          with          comprehensive,          high-tech communications      equipment,      which      allowed      the airborne    commander    to    link    with    national    command authorities,      theatre      forces,      with      other      airborne command   posts   and   with   his   assets   on   the   ground.     The   flight   crew   of   an   EC-135   consisted   of   two   pilots,   a navigator,   an   airborne   refueling   system   operator,   and several    communication    system    operators.        For    29 years,      EC-135s      conducted      continuous      airborne operations,   accumulating   more   than   281,000   accident- free   flying   hours   –   an   aviation   phenomenon.      On   July 24,   1990,   SAC   ceased   continuous   airborne   alert,   but kept   EC-135s   on   ground   alert   24   hours   a   day.      On October    1,    1998,    the    EC-135    aircraft    was    formally retired   from   the   Air   Force,   and   its   airborne   mission transferred to a new platform – the Navy’ #-6B aircraft.  Aircraft 61-0327 History The    EC-135    service    to    the    Commander    in    Chief, USCENTCOM,   began   at   Robins AFB,   GA   in   1984   with one    aircraft.            EC-135N   Aircraft    61-0327    began    its service   at   Robins AFB   in   1987   assigned   to   the   19th Air Refueling   (H)   Wing.      During   its   tenure   at   Robins,   EC- 135    aircrews    and    maintenance    personnel    provided mission   support   to   the   Commanders   of   USCENTCOM and    the    forces    in    Africa,    the    Middle    East    and    the Central   Asian   Region.      Often   times,   crews   operated   in extreme   conditions   where   aircraft   ramp   temperatures reached   over   145   degrees   Fahrenheit.      Aircraft   61- 0327   on   display   at   the   Museum   of   Aviation,   was   the last   aircraft   o   carry   the   designation   of   EC-135N   and was   delivered   to   the   1611th Air Transport   (heavy)   Wing (Military   Air    Transport    Service),    McGuire   AFB,    New Jersey    on    November    29,    1961.        In    1966,    it    was transferred    to    the    Eastern    Test    Range,    Air    Force Systems    Command    (AFSC),    Patrick    AFB,    Florida, where   it   was   converted   to   an   EC-135N   model.      From 1975   until   1987,   61-0327   was   flown   by   the   4950th Test Wing    (AFSC),    Wright-Patterson    AFB,    Ohio,    before being   transferred   to   the   19th Air   Refueling   Wing   (SAC) at   Robins AFB,   Georgia.      With   more   than   20,000   flying hours   this   aircraft   was   retired   in   2003.      It   was   moved   to the Museum of Aviation for display on March 2, 2006.    ARIA Aircraft 61-0327 Time Line 1960 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18234. 1966 Conversion   to   EC-135N   with   electrical   and   structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma. September 28, 1967 Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft Online and Operational. December 1975 Transferred   to   Wright-Patterson   Air   Force   Base,   Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. June 30, 1985 Last Inventory Record WPAFB. Engines replaced at unknown date. 1987 Transferred    to    th    19th    Air    Refueling    Wing    (SAC) Robins    Air    Force    Base,    Warner    Robins,    Georgia. Airborne Command Post. 2003 Retired March 2, 2006 Museum   of   Aviation   Robins   Air   Force   Base,   Warner Robins, Georgia. 2015 Aircraft scheduled to be scrapped. Source: Randy Losey