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Airframe Details for C-130 #3098

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Aircraft: : 3098 (56-0490)
LM Aero T/V 3098
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 56-490
Current USAF 56-490
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
Unknown [act] 56-490 C-130A
Unknown [act] 56-490 USAF 817 TCS C-130A
Unknown [con] 56-490 JC-130A
Unknown [con] 56-490 AC-130A
Unknown [act] 56-490 USAF 16 SOS AC-130A
21 Dec 1972 [msh] 56-490 USAF 16 SOS AC-130A
Shot down near Pakse, Laos. Two crew parachuted to safety, with 14 killed.
21 Dec 1972 [w/o] 56-490 USAF 16 SOS AC-130A

Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available

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Jan 13, 2017 - 07:07 PM
C-130 56-490 picture added

I added a picture of 56-490 when it belonged to the 17th TCS - The Firebirds - the time was probably around 1965. Located at Elmendorf AFB, AK. The second from the right (looking at the picture) is my father - Bill DeBoe.

Jul 31, 2019 - 03:38 AM
JC-130A 56-490

I was stationed at PATRICK AFB Cocoa Beach FL from June 1965 until may of 1968. I was a ground crew member on 56-490, later became air crew member as scanner. The aircraft was a voice relay bird during the early days of the Space program \. Supporting the Gemini and early Apollo missions. At times utilizing the STARS system, snagging data capsules during flight after the data capsule was ejected from the Space Craft, In late 68 or 69 She was converted into a Battle field illumination and later to a AC-130S gunship, I flew many missions out of Patrick, but while assigned to UBON RTAFB 16th SOS as an IO I never had a chance to fly with the Aircraft, She had always been a test bed for new and unusual operating systems things. S. Currie, Msgt USAF RET.

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