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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4798 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

I came across this photo of Lockheed's EC-121D while searching the database for new pictures from DMIA - the former Clark Air Base in RP......

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Photo © Carlos Borda


The only other photos in the DB are of its sister ships 53-0555 "Triple Nickel" on display at Wright Patterson, and 03-0552 at McClellan....

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Photo © Corey Robinson
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Photo © Michael Blank


It's quite interesting to see the "operator's station" which gives a glimpse on the origins of today's highly evolved AEW&C platforms.....

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Photo © Kevin Ho


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.


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2713 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.
Regards.



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User currently offlineT56A15 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2632 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.

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4798 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2623 times:

Thank you both very much for the information. Much obliged. Now I won't be wondering if it got sent to Guam, Japan or Korea and languished in any one of those places.


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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2621 times:

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

There is an EC-121 on static at Tinker also, though it was a Navy bird painted in AF colours for the display (or so they tell all at Tinker at least)

Ciao,
AWACS


User currently offlineSphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

There is a least the shell of one at the museum on the site of the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, USA.

http://www.aeromuseum.org/aircraft_lockheed.html

sPh


User currently offlineGPIARFF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

I don't know the reg, but there is one at the Helena Regional airport in Montana - here's the google earth image.




Edit - according to Planetpictures.net it is a privately reg (N4257L) ex USAF E-121T that is now owned by the local technical college.

URL http://www.flugzeugbilder.de/search4...h=Lockheed%20Super%20Constellation

[Edited 2007-07-10 07:24:00]

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4798 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2311 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?



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