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National Vigilance Park

 
 
National Vigilance Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
1. National Vigilance Park Marker
Inscription. On September 2, 1958 Soviet MIG Fighters shot down United States Air Force C-130 #60528 over Armenia.

This memorial is dedicated in memory of the seventeen airmen who perished that day, and their Armed Forces compatriots who were killed, injured, taken prisoner, or unaccounted for in other incidents while performing a mission vital to America’s security.

Plaque donated by Freedom Through Vigilance Association.
 
Erected 1997.
 
Location. 39° 6.695′ N, 76° 46.503′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Colony Seven Road 0.1 miles west of Canine Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. From MD-32 heading east or west, follow signs to National Cryptologic Museum. At first traffic light on Canine Road, turn left onto Colony Seven Road and then park in parking lot on the right as close to airplanes as possible. Marker is in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. EA-3B Skywarrior (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Liberty (approx. ¼ mile away); Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad
EA-3B Aircraft image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
2. EA-3B Aircraft
This aircraft bears the markings of the EA-3B that crashed while landing on the U.S.S. Nimitz.
(approx. 1.4 miles away); "Cav. Area" (approx. 1½ miles away); Chapultepec Avenue (approx. 1½ miles away); Cavalry Area (approx. 1½ miles away); World War I Cantonment Area (was approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Tipton Army Airfield (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
 
Regarding National Vigilance Park. The National Vigilance Park has several markers in it, three of which are dedicated to specific reconnaisance missions that ended in crashes or shoot-downs.
 
Also see . . .  NSA's webpage on the National Vigilance Park. (Submitted on October 12, 2007.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, Cold
 
Entrance to National Vigilance Park image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
3. Entrance to National Vigilance Park
C-130 #60528 Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
4. C-130 #60528 Memorial Marker
This marker names the 17 airmen killed in the C-130 shoot down described on the primary marker.
Reconstructed C-130 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
5. Reconstructed C-130
This C-130 was reconstructed to resemble the aircraft shot down by Soviet MIG Fighters, killing the 17 airmen.
EA-3B Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
6. EA-3B Marker
Vietnam Memorial image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
7. Vietnam Memorial
RU-8D Aircraft image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
8. RU-8D Aircraft
This aircraft served in Vietnam and was the workhorse of Army airborne SIGINT during the war.
National Cryptologic Museum image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 11, 2007
9. National Cryptologic Museum
The National Cryptologic Museum, .3 miles further and at the end of Colony Seven Road, is a very unique museum of codemaking and codebreaking.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,407 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 12, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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