My father, Major Arthur W. Olofson, along with his crew of 3, piloted this very same aircraft from the Lockheed-Marietta Plant to Palm Beach AFB FL (1370th Photo Mapping Wing) on 1 January 1959. I have a photo of him "signing" for the aircraft alongside Mr. A. Carl Kotchian (then-VP and Gen Mgr of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Georgia Division). As of September 2017, the aircraft was still in storage, in Tucson AZ (at a private business outside the AMARG). I wish someone, somewhere, would purchase the aircraft and restore it to the condition it was in when he delivered it to Palm Beach AFB in 1959. I'm not sure how many other "Roman nose" Hercules aircraft are displayed; but it would be awesome to see this one in its original bare-aluminum condition. Thank you. John Olofson
Nov 14, 2018 - 09:29 AM
PS re 54-1632A
Here is a link to my Flickr album of 54-1632A at the Arizona yard. The yard owner was gracious to let me come in, crack the hatch, and take pictures. I'm very grateful to him for that.
I regret that I made an error in crew description: Maj Olofson was the pilot; however, the crew also consisted of Capt Martin Stewart (copilot), Capt Max D. Trout (navigator), 1st Lt George S. Jurosky (HIRAN operator), 1st Lt John R. Cureton (airborne profile recorder), M/Sgt John L. Cronin (engineer), and T/Sgt Robert E. Zwiesler (photographer).
Feb 05, 2019 - 08:27 PM
RC-130A, A.F. Serial No. 54-1632A
I regret that I also made 2 other errors: The aircraft was flown from Lockheed-Marietta to Palm Beach AFB FL (1370th Photo Mapping GROUP, not Wing) on 1 January 1958, not 1959. I apologize for the mistakes!
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