Apollo/Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft

Worldwide Support of Space and Earth Programs for 35 Years

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ARIA 61-0329

    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. 61-0329 was one of the original eight Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft stationed out of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

Constructed C-135A-BN. Construction Number 18236.

Conversion to EC-135N with electrical and structural modifications at Douglas Aircraft, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

December 1, 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.

December 31, 1983
Converted to EC-135E.

November 1, 1992
Last inventory record WPAFB.

February 4, 2009
Tinker Air Force Base as a training aircraft for battle damage repair for the Combat Logistics Support Squadron.

Source: Randy L. Losey