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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