Does anyone know what became of 53-0543? Did it survive the Vietnam War and was flown back to the States to eventually spend its last days in the boneyard? The picture was taken two decades before I was often at CRK and we didn't see a similar aircraft among the carcasses left behind.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
Hmmm...I've checked Joe Baugher's serial number website, and 53-543 seems to be missing in action there. The serial number range, 53-533 thru 53-556, accounted for most of them, but not 53-543. BTW, the last Warning Star was retired in 1978. It was 53-548...now in CA, grounded due to severe wing corrosion.
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T56A15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3498 times:
53-0543 assigned to 552nd Airborne Early Warning Wing at McClennen AFB, California until June 1971 when it was sent to AMARC. It didn't stay long and on 3 Dec 71 it was sent to Homestead AFB, Florida to serve with the 79th AEWW until 6 Aug 74. It was then returned to AMARC and declared an excess airframe on 15 January 1975. Ultimate disposal is listed as unknown on the AMARC site and I would imagine it was scrapped. Cannot find an air museum that it is currently assigned to.
DEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
Quoting Lt-AWACS (Reply 4): You can see bits and pieces of the EC-121 scopes
Speaking of bits and pieces, is that a "radar screen" (or however you pros call it) which is hidden behind the leatherette cover on the operator's console?
Quoting Lt-AWACS (Reply 4): You can see bits and pieces of the EC-121 scopes at Tyndall at the Air Battle Manager school house and there are some pictures on the wall of fame at Tinker, home to USAF AEW&C
Quoting GPIARFF (Reply 6): I don't know the reg, but there is one at the Helena Regional airport in Montana
Being in L.A., I guess it's McClellan for me. Do they let the public aboard the aircraft?