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Airframe Details for C-130 #3154

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Aircraft: : 3154 (56-0546)

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LM Aero T/V 3154
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 56-546
Current USAF 56-546
Status [w/o]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
Unknown [act] 56-546 C-130A
Unknown [act] 56-546 USAF 40 TCS C-130A
17 May 1962 [msh] 56-546 USAF 40 TCS C-130A
Flew into a mountain peak in bad weather near Nairobi, Kenya when the aircraft dipped below the assigned altitude. The C-130 was carrying support personnel and equipment for a recovery team for Aurora 7, the Mercury-Atlas 7 flight which was on May 24, 1962. This spacecraft was the second American manned orbital flight. All 13 onboard died comprising 6 crew and 7 passengers.
17 May 1962 [w/o] 56-546 USAF 40 TCS C-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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