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ARTICLE #127 SN: 60-6930

Article 127

From July 1967 to March 1968 A-12 Article 127 bravely flew 10 operational missions during Operation Black Shield - 8 over Vietnam with SAMs doing their best to shoot it down and 2 sorties over North Vietnam to see what the North Koreans were up to when then seized the USS Pueblo and its crew. All of the project pilots flew 127 except Jack Weeks who was killed in the Pacific.

 

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Rendering by Ed Stewart, the Director of Exhibits and Curation depicting the display of Article 127 scheduled to be completed this summer.

BLACK SHIELD MISSIONS FLOWN BY ARTICLE 127
Kadena, Okinawa 1967-1968

BX6708 127 13 July 1967 Pilot Ken Collins - Mission was flown at Mach 3.15 and 82,100 feet for a duration of 3:40 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6718 127 31 August 1967 Pilot Jack Layton - Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 81,000 feet for a duration of 5:12 hours. Imagery quality was good until camera malfunctioned.

BX6725 127 4 October 1967 Pilot Ken Collins - Mission was flown at Mach 3.14 and 81,000 feet for a duration of 4:09 hours. Imagery quality was excellent.

BX6733 127 29 October 1967 Pilot Frank Murray - Mission was flown at Mach (classified) and 82,000 feet for a duration of 3:56 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6739 127 15 December 1967 Pilot Mele Vojvodich, Jr. - Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 86,000 feet for a duration of 4:09 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6842 127 4 January 1968 Pilot Jack Layton -Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 85,100 feet for a duration of 3:57 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6851 127 16 February 1968 Pilot Ken Collins - Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 85,600 feet for a duration of 3:54 hours. Imagery quality was good (considerable cloud coverage).

BX6853 127 19 February 1968 Pilot Frank Murray - North Korea Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 83,500 feet for a duration of 3:39 hours. Imagery quality was good.

BX6858 127 6 May 1968 Pilot Jack Layton -North Korea Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 84,700 feet for a duration of 3:30 hours. Imagery quality was fair due to haze and scattered clouds...

BX6856 127 8 March 1968 Pilot Mele Vojvodich, Jr. - Mission was flown at Mach 3.20 and 85,500 feet for a duration of 4:01 hours. Imagery quality was good.

ARTICLE 127 IN RETIREMENT

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Dr. Deborah Barnhart - Director
Ed Stewart - Curator

11-28-2009 - Roadrunners commend Ed Stewart is the Director of Exhibits and Curation for the excellent care now being taken of Article 127.

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