Boeing RC-135X 'STRATOLIFTER'
|Notes: Formerly EC-135B modified for classified mission.|
|  Base model:||C-135|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1925-1962|
|  Basic role:||Transport|
|  Modified Mission:||Reconnaissance|
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| Jeff Gardner|
| Hey, Gary, just found this site and saw your message. How ya' doin'? To everyone else, I was one of the Avionics Supers at Shemya from Jan 91 to Jan 92, altho' my experience with both 662, 4133 and 4128 go back to Nov 76 when I became part of the old 4950th TW at Wright-Patt. 662 was one of the test bed aircraft and had different projects thru the years. 4128 and 4133 were both converted to EC-135B's and made part of the A/RIA program. I flew many hours on both over the years as an HF Operator. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Shemya and found the old girls we had given up. Made coming to the 6th seem more like home. Still miss the old girls and I'm waiting here at the AF Museum to see if any of 'em ever show up. |
10/12/2008 @ 07:37 [ref: 22835]
| Dan Stewart|
| Hey COBRA Toad! How are you doing Sammy?
I often wondered what happened to our crew?
In Atlanta now? What happened to Sarasota? Don't tell me... it was a girl huh?
Anyway, Neither made it out, but from what I've heard here the "Lady of the Island" has two sisters now (662 added).
I think Ebb the Weaser got robbed and killed in a Philippine house of ill repute in Kansas.
boB - Last I heard (many years ago) went to the Marshal's.
Gober's in Florida working with NASA's lightning detection for the launch platform.
Dean went to ROTHER.
Peter G, I think, was deported back to Canada.
Darryl and his other brother, started a work at home business and now pretty much never leave the house. But they don't need too. Their worth BILLIONS now.
As to everybody else who hasn't posted here, I have no clue, it's like they fell off the face of the earth.
My only hope is that Ace and his trained monkey Steve are enjoying their retirement from the road show.
07/18/2008 @ 15:15 [ref: 22173]
| Sam Kaigler|
| Hey guys;
What ever happened to the "eye"?
Did the next generation plane ever make it to operation?
AST I think it was called.
06/28/2008 @ 05:46 [ref: 21710]
| I was a sensor operator "SO", Mission cammandor, And finally the Fight Commander for the eye from 1990 to 1993, had a lot of good times flying on the best senor system in the airforce, Keith good to hear from you, if anybody like to here about some stories from the rock, many tdy,s. The mission we did could go from boring to caous in second but the crews we had great and knew there job's and performed them well. I'm now a physics teacher in omaha Nebraska, "Go Hawks" John Walter. |
08/07/2007 @ 17:51 [ref: 17505]
| SrA Adam Henderson|
| I am a crew chief on these jets now. It's funny you say that 662 and 663 were the "dream" jets and 4128 was the pig. now the tables are turned and 662 and are the big pain in our asses, but 4128 is the big dream boat. Well, until the crew likes to make hard landings and scrap motors on runways! I just love hearing about the history and the stories of these jets. Keep the stories coming!
p.s. My son and maybe his kids might still see these jets flying around!!
03/12/2007 @ 16:52 [ref: 15866]
| bill carpenter|
| Well I HAD THE PLEASURE TO SERVE AT EIELSON AFB AK FOR 2 TERMS. I HAD THE PLEASURE TO VISIT SHEMYA ISLAND NUMEROUS TIMES AND EACH TIME IT WAS GREAT,IT WAS A DIFFERENT PLACE AND A UNIQUE PLACE, THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED OUT THERE WERE GREAT AND I WOULD HAVE NOT TRADED THAT EXPERIENCE FOR ANYTHING,THE CREWS,MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL ALL KNEW THEIR JOBS AND THIS I THINK MADE IT A GREAT PLACE TO BE. |
04/17/2006 @ 09:38 [ref: 13188]
| Gary Royle|
| I was the Maint. Super on the Eye from July 90-91. Had a great job and worked with a good bunch of people. The Rock sucked but you had to make the best out of it and we did. Like to hear from any of thoses I worked with. It's hard to believe it been so long ago. |
07/22/2005 @ 05:10 [ref: 10807]
| Keith Henson|
Grand Rapids, MI
| I was a Sensor Tech on the Cobra Eye from 1990-92 was the best job that I ever had. Had many of good times onthe rock with all of the Raytheon guys. Good to see that there are a few of us out there still that remember the good times. |
05/25/2005 @ 09:53 [ref: 10303]
| May 05
Just walked in from the Flight Line. Cobra Ball II, tail number 4128 (formerly known as Cobra Eye) is loaded up and ready to fly its fourth test flight prior to being delivered in mid-May.
This plane was originally an ARIA (Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft), a program associated with the communications links used on the Gemini program. When the OAMP program ramped up, the original platform purchased was a 707. The contractor who was going to do the mod didn't have as much experience with the 707s at the time so they managed to get the military to trade it for a C-135. It became Cobra Eye, a one of a kind, fantastically expensive sensor system. Even just sitting on the ground it constantly ate dollars at an impressive rate due to the special requirements of the sensor.
When the Eye program ended, the plane was demodified (hurriedly) and sat unused until it was procured for the Cobra Ball program. Getting it back in flying shape was pretty tough, and it wasn't until this delivery that the last of the slapdash demod work was finally completely remedied.
This is the second delivery for this aircraft as a member of the Cobra Ball fleet.
05/07/2005 @ 13:34 [ref: 10142]
| Dan Stewat|
| Anybody want the flight manual for the Eye & Ball? Yes, you can buy it online! Go here:
PS: I'm not sure, but you may even beable to get it in Russian on one of the Russian sites.
04/01/2005 @ 18:10 [ref: 9861]
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