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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