Photos from the VXE-6 decom CD
Delivered to US Navy as an R7V-1, BuNo 131644 on 19 Dec 1953.
- To VR-1 at NAS Patuxent, MD Dec 53, coded RP-644 and named "Taurus."
- Transferred to Airborne Early Warning Squadron Fifteen (VW-15) at NAS Patuxent River,
MD, in 1955.
- To Airborne Early Warning Maintenance Squadron Two (AEWMATRON 2) at NAS Barbers Point,
TH by 1956, redesignated C-121J in 1962 and to Airborne Early Warning Barrier Squadron,
Pacific (AEWBARRONPAC) at NAS Barbers Point by Dec 62.
- Transferred to VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point on 1 Sep 64, coded JD-5 and named
- Used on "Operation Deep Freeze annually.
- One penguin painted on side nosewheel door for each completed Deep Freeze mission.
- Coded JD-7 from at least Mar 66.
- Modified with new antenna under tail unit for airborne ice-sounding in late 1967 and
flight tested in Dec 1967.
- Damaged beyond repair landing at Williams Field, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica at 2010 hours
- 8 Oct 1970.
- The aircraft, with 80 on board, was flying from Christchurch, New Zealand, on its first
flight of the 1970-71 season. After making six low passes over the field, the C-121J
attempted to land in zero visibility, winds gusting to 40 mph in a snowstorm and in
- The starboard wing was torn off completely and the tail unit broken. There were only
slight injuries to five on board.
- The aircraft was subsequently broken up at McMurdo.
- (web masters note: Well, it's not too broken up...)