Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
"The aircraft "Speckled Trout" is an extensively modified C-135C used primarily as an advanced avionics and communications test bed for state-of-the-art guidance, control, navigation, and communication equipment. It is also used to evaluate future transport aircraft design.
The 412th Flight Test Squadron operates the Speckled Trout and manages its test mission.
The name Speckled Trout applies to both the organization and the aircraft. The name was chosen in honor of an early program monitor, Faye Trout, who assisted in numerous phases of the project. The word "speckled" was added because Trout apparently had "a lot of freckles.""
Airforce1995 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 55 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
True that the new one has arrived but the old Trout is still "flopping". It will be quite some time before the new one is ready to go. I talked to someone that is a part of Speckled Trout the other day. The missions that it does the most is VIP transports. Its really nice inside I must add. The new one has to go through a lot of mods before they can use it, also the new one still has the Air refueling boom on it, but hasn't worked for a number of years. It did come from Hickam so has a lot of corrosion on it. Its acually older than the present one but has fewer flying hours.