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Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

EC-130E “Commando Solo”

 
 
Current EC-130E "Commando Solo" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
1. Current EC-130E "Commando Solo" Marker
Inscription. Flown exclusively by the Airmen of the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pa., this EC-130E "Commando Solo" is a one-of-a-kind aircraft in many ways. Conducting the U.S. Military's only airborne psychological operations mission, this aircraft and her crew acted in times of peace and war as a flying broadcast studio by sending messages on standard radio and television frequencies.

Beginning its service in 1963 and delivered to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1979, this aircraft served as a faithful workhorse in carrying out its unique mission for nearly three decades. Its last operational sortie in January 2006 followed service in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Its final flight brought it to Muir Army Airfield in August 2006, the largest aircraft ever to land at Fort Indiantown Gap at the time.

Affectionately nicknamed "Triple Cripple" by the airmen who worked on Aircraft No. 7773, it is remarkably the only remaining example of its kind.

Crew: Four Officers, eight enlisted
Cruising Speed: 299 mph
Max Speed: 374 mph
Cruising Range: 2,100 miles
Ceiling: 20,000 feet
Engine: Four Allison T56-A-15 Turboprops
Length: 100.50 feet
Height: 38.50 feet
Wingspan: 132.60 feet
Unit Cost: $70,000,000
NOTE: This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force to the
Former EC-130E "Commando Solo" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. Former EC-130E "Commando Solo" Marker
Pennsylvania National Guard.

[The new marker text is identical to the former marker (which is transcribed)]
 
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
 
Location. 40° 25.915′ N, 76° 34.136′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Clement Aveune, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. EC-130E Commando Solo I (a few steps from this marker); Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT (within shouting distance of this marker); M1/IPM1 Abrams Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M113A2 APC (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Armored Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Clyde Grubb Lester Baver (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Smolik Bob Pacios (within shouting distance of this marker); M60A3 Patton Tank (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
 
Also see . . .  In the Air With Commando Solo. 193rd

EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Former Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Former Marker
Special Operations Group Made Headlines With Broadcasts to Afghanistan. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, 2nd Iraq
 
Close Up of the Nose Airt image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
4. Close Up of the Nose Airt
Tail Antennas image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
5. Tail Antennas
Since its mission involves broadcasting in multiple formats, the EC-130E is is a flying antenna farm of sorts. Several of these are placed on the tail of the aircraft.
Cooling Duct or Auxillary Power Generator? image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
6. Cooling Duct or Auxillary Power Generator?
With all those radios on board, the Commando Solo needed a bit more than the standard ventilation and power suite provided C-130s.
EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Current Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2017
7. EC-130E "Commando Solo" and Current Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,882 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 3, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on February 3, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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