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Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft
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TRIA 61-0331 The United States Air Force aircraft 61-0331 was a T/RIA, Telemetry Range Instrumentation Aircraft, prior to the "Project III" conversion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 61-0331 operated as a T/RIA from 1967 until its 1971 transfer from the Air Force Eastern Test Range to the 4950th Test Wing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There were a total of 4 T/RIA aircraft produced. The most noticeable feature of the T/RIA aircraft was the large radome mounted on the front of the aircraft. The T/RIA shared this style radome with the A/RIA, Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft. Inside of the T/RIA's radome were two drum style antennas along with the aircraft radar. Inside the aircraft was a antenna operations panel and equipment racks for the RF equipment. This equipment was removed from the C-130 tracking aircraft and installed into the T/RIA aircraft. LTV Corporation modified 61-0331 prior to arrival at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by removing the T/RIA nose and installing a large radome atop the fuselage for a new series of test designed to detect and analyze nuclear explosions and their related electromagnetic pulses (EMP). The 4950th Test Wing operated 61-0331 for the Space and Missile System Office (SAMSO). The aircraft deployed routinely to the "Burning Light" Task Force located at Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii to monitor French atmospheric nuclear test conducted at their Center d'Experimentation du Pacifiqua (CEP) including Polynesian blast sites at Fangataufa and Mururoa Atols. 61-0331 disappeared on 13 June 1971 while returning to Hawaii after observing the French Encelade atmospheric nuclear test at Mururoa. The aircraft was enroute from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base. All 24 crew members were lost, 12 of them civilians. Source: ARIA Archive In Memory Donald E. Ashland Captain Byron C. Burnett Copilot Rola F. Blanchard John P. Cahill Thomas R. Connor Charles V. Dito First Lieutenant James M. Gilbert Dean L. Hoar Staff Sergeant Kenneth Steven Kowal Major John R McGinn Technical Sergeant Hubert Miles Junior Allen Moriffette Major William Edward Page Junior David Penney Lieutenant Colonel Victor John Reinhart Captain Perry Thomas Rose Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Edward M Slagel Anthony J Theriault John B. Tumas Major William Herman Unsderfer Junior Thomas J. Walter Major Joseph B. William Staff Sergeant Elno Roe Weimer
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TRIA 61-0331 The United States Air Force aircraft 61-0331 was a T/RIA, Telemetry Range Instrumentation Aircraft, prior to the "Project III" conversion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 61-0331 operated as a T/RIA from 1967 until its 1971 transfer from the Air Force Eastern Test Range to the 4950th Test Wing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There were a total of 4 T/RIA aircraft produced. The most noticeable feature of the T/RIA aircraft was the large radome mounted on the front of the aircraft. The T/RIA shared this style radome with the A/RIA, Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft. Inside of the T/RIA's radome were two drum style antennas along with the aircraft radar. Inside the aircraft was a antenna operations panel and equipment racks for the RF equipment. This equipment was removed from the C- 130 tracking aircraft and installed into the T/RIA aircraft. LTV Corporation modified 61-0331 prior to arrival at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by removing the T/RIA nose and installing a large radome atop the fuselage for a new series of test designed to detect and analyze nuclear explosions and their related electromagnetic pulses (EMP). The 4950th Test Wing operated 61-0331 for the Space and Missile System Office (SAMSO). The aircraft deployed routinely to the "Burning Light" Task Force located at Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii to monitor French atmospheric nuclear test conducted at their Center d'Experimentation du Pacifiqua (CEP) including Polynesian blast sites at Fangataufa and Mururoa Atols. 61-0331 disappeared on 13 June 1971 while returning to Hawaii after observing the French Encelade atmospheric nuclear test at Mururoa. The aircraft was enroute from Pago Pago to Hickam Air Force Base. All 24 crew members were lost, 12 of them civilians. Source: ARIA Archive In Memory Donald E. Ashland Captain Byron C. Burnett Copilot Rola F. Blanchard John P. Cahill Thomas R. Connor Charles V. Dito First Lieutenant James M. Gilbert Dean L. Hoar Staff Sergeant Kenneth Steven Kowal Major John R McGinn Technical Sergeant Hubert Miles Junior Allen Moriffette Major William Edward Page Junior David Penney Lieutenant Colonel Victor John Reinhart Captain Perry Thomas Rose Colonel Billy L. Skipworth Edward M Slagel Anthony J Theriault John B. Tumas Major William Herman Unsderfer Junior Thomas J. Walter Major Joseph B. William Staff Sergeant Elno Roe Weimer