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ARIA 61-0328 On the morning of May 6, 1981, the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft, ARIA 61-0328, lifted off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fairborn, Ohio. An hour later all 21 aboard perished in a fatal crash in a farmers field while on a training mission over Walkersville, Maryland. A bronze plaque along with 21 flowering crab apple trees were placed in the memorial garden at the National Museum of the Air Force Fairborn, Ohio, each tree representing a crew member or passenger. In Memory Captain Thomas Edward Bayliss Born 26 December 1950 - Aged 30 Years Chatham, Virginia Staff Sergeant Joseph Thomas Brundige Junior Born 15 January 1949 - Aged 32 Years Republic, Pennsylvania Staff Sergeant Michael Wayne Darling Born 3 October 1955 - Aged 25 Years Salina, Kansas Staff Sergeant Douglas Alan Dibley Born 23 June 1953 - Aged 27 Years Englewood, Ohio Major Joseph Charles Emilio Born 19 September 1945 - Aged 35 Years Long Beach, New York Mrs. Peggy A. Emilio Born 9 October 1946 - Aged 34 Years Wife of Joseph Emilio Captain Donald Vincent Fonke Born 26 November 1949 - Aged 31 Years Fayetteville, North Carolina Mrs. Linda M. Fonke Aged 30 Years - Wife of Donald Fonke Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Barnes Frederick Born 18 October 1941 - Aged 39 Years Pottstown, Pennsylvania First Lieutenant Charles Edward Gratch Born 13 September 1956 - Aged 24 Years Oneida, New York Staff Sergeant Timothy Lane Harris Born 9 April 1955 -Aged 26 Years Tarboro, North Carolina Staff Sergeant George Milton Henninger Born 5 February 1948 - Aged 33 Years Batavia, Illinois Technical Sergeant Gregory Clayton Hodge Born 12 July 1950 - Aged 30 Years Zana Point, California Second Lieutenant Clayton Floyd Jones Born 22 March 1957 - Aged 24 Years Granbury, Texas Captain Walter Thomas Lusk Born 27 December 1946 - Aged 34 Years Lawrence, Kansas Senior Master Sergeant Larry Dean Middleton Born 1 September 1946 - Aged 34 Years Jasper, Tennessee Airman First Class Randall Charles Moffett Born 2 September 1961 - Aged 19 Years Oil City, Pennsylvania Chief Master Sergeant Eddie Wayne Presley Born 8 May 1941 - Aged 39 Years Winter Haven, Florida Staff Sergeant Glenn Samuel Resides Junior Born 23 November 1955 - Aged 25 Years Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Mr. Michael W. Riley USAF Veteran Born 3 June 1956 - Aged 24 Years Trotwood, Ohio Technical Sergeant Larry Gene Wetzel Born 19 March 1947 - Aged 34 Years Freeburg, Illinois Aircraft 61-0328 Time Line 1961 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18235. 1966 Conversion to EC-135N with electrical and structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma. December 27, 1967 Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft On line and Operational. December 1975 Transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. May 6, 1981 Crashed Walkersville, Maryland. All 21 personnel killed. Source: Randy Losey USAF
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ARIA 61-0328 On the morning of May 6, 1981, the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft, ARIA 61-0328, lifted off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fairborn, Ohio. An hour later all 21 aboard perished in a fatal crash in a farmers field while on a training mission over Walkersville, Maryland. A bronze plaque along with 21 flowering crab apple trees were placed in the memorial garden at the National Museum of the Air Force Fairborn, Ohio, each tree representing a crew member or passenger. In Memory Captain Thomas Edward Bayliss Born 26 December 1950 - Aged 30 Years Chatham, Virginia Staff Sergeant Joseph Thomas Brundige Junior Born 15 January 1949 - Aged 32 Years Republic, Pennsylvania Staff Sergeant Michael Wayne Darling Born 3 October 1955 - Aged 25 Years Salina, Kansas Staff Sergeant Douglas Alan Dibley Born 23 June 1953 - Aged 27 Years Englewood, Ohio Major Joseph Charles Emilio Born 19 September 1945 - Aged 35 Years Long Beach, New York Mrs. Peggy A. Emilio Born 9 October 1946 - Aged 34 Years Wife of Joseph Emilio Captain Donald Vincent Fonke Born 26 November 1949 - Aged 31 Years Fayetteville, North Carolina Mrs. Linda M. Fonke Aged 30 Years - Wife of Donald Fonke Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Barnes Frederick Born 18 October 1941 - Aged 39 Years Pottstown, Pennsylvania First Lieutenant Charles Edward Gratch Born 13 September 1956 - Aged 24 Years Oneida, New York Staff Sergeant Timothy Lane Harris Born 9 April 1955 -Aged 26 Years Tarboro, North Carolina Staff Sergeant George Milton Henninger Born 5 February 1948 - Aged 33 Years Batavia, Illinois Technical Sergeant Gregory Clayton Hodge Born 12 July 1950 - Aged 30 Years Zana Point, California Second Lieutenant Clayton Floyd Jones Born 22 March 1957 - Aged 24 Years Granbury, Texas Captain Walter Thomas Lusk Born 27 December 1946 - Aged 34 Years Lawrence, Kansas Senior Master Sergeant Larry Dean Middleton Born 1 September 1946 - Aged 34 Years Jasper, Tennessee Airman First Class Randall Charles Moffett Born 2 September 1961 - Aged 19 Years Oil City, Pennsylvania Chief Master Sergeant Eddie Wayne Presley Born 8 May 1941 - Aged 39 Years Winter Haven, Florida Staff Sergeant Glenn Samuel Resides Junior Born 23 November 1955 - Aged 25 Years Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Mr. Michael W. Riley USAF Veteran Born 3 June 1956 - Aged 24 Years Trotwood, Ohio Technical Sergeant Larry Gene Wetzel Born 19 March 1947 - Aged 34 Years Freeburg, Illinois Aircraft 61-0328 Time Line 1961 Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18235. 1966 Conversion to EC-135N with electrical and structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma. December 27, 1967 Arrived Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. January 1, 1968 Aircraft On line and Operational. December 1975 Transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 4950th Test Wing. May 6, 1981 Crashed Walkersville, Maryland. All 21 personnel killed. Source: Randy Losey USAF