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Unmarked 707 (E-6) In Pattern At DSM

Tue Jul 20, 2004 9:30 am

This evening there was an all white 707 in the pattern at Des Moines. Could not catch the callsign but it was identified as an E-6. Any background on what this aircraft is doing and whom operates it?

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RE: Unmarked 707 (E-6) In Pattern At DSM

Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:48 am

If it is an E-6, it should have CFM-56 engines installed. These are used by the US Navy.

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RE: Unmarked 707 (E-6) In Pattern At DSM

Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:00 am

The E-6B Mercury is a "TACAMO" aircraft. Standing for "TAke Charge And Move Out". The majority are based here at Tinker AFB in OKC. Some are at Pax River, and a few other spots. They fly long duration sorties and drag various VLF antennas out the back, usually several miles long, to communicate with submarines that can launch nuclear weapons. The B model (with the hump on the fuselage) took over the EC-135 Looking Glass role as well.

On the E-3 and E-6 we fly transition training at various bases and airports all over the USA. Mainly the Mid-West. DSM used to be one of those more commonly used civ airports though not as much in the last few months.

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RE: Unmarked 707 (E-6) In Pattern At DSM

Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:37 am

The E-6 you saw probably came over from Offutt in Omaha. They do t&g's all the time at Eppley and Lincoln as well.
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