ARIA Memorial Service 1981 At   the   headquarters   of   the   4950th   Test   Wing,   and   throughout   every   corner   of   Wright- Patterson Air   Force   Base,   the   atmosphere   was   quiet   and   solemn   that   memorable   day, Wednesday   May   6,   1981.   It   was   the   day   that   ARIA   328   with   21   persons   aboard   had crashed. In remembrance, 21 trees form a living tribute to the loved ones lost. A   C-135,   its   landing   lights   sparkling,   exhaust   trailing   from   its   four   engines,   roared   low over   the   missile   display.   Three   A-7   aircraft   in   "missing   man"   formation   followed   the   C- 135.   The   half-staff American   flag   and   the   crowd   clustered   on   the   concrete   pavement   in front    of    the    Air    Force    Museum.    Air    Force    personnel,    civilian    employees,    family members and friends sobbed, embraced and wiped their eyes. For   the   service   inside,   the   500-seat   museum   auditorium   was   crowded   to   the   walls   with an   estimated   1,500   other   persons   gathered   in   the   lobby   and   exhibit   areas   listening   to the proceedings. Lieutenant   General   Lawrence A.   Skantze,   telling   of   his   grief,   said   he   regarded   the   two wives,   along   on   the   mission   under   the   HAVE   PARTNER   program,   as   part   of   the   crew. "Our   ability   to   perform   properly   is   entirely   entwined   with   the   families   and   particularly the   wives,   I   feel   helpless   that   I   can't   reach   out   and   alleviate   your   suffering,   sorrow   and loss." Colonel   Donald   T.   Ward   struggled   for   words   to   explain   how   some   1,800   members   of the   Test   Wing   could   be   so   close   they   could   all   be   a   family,   and   that   the   sense   of comradeship   and   sharing   that   exists   throughout   the   Test   Wing   helped   us   through   this loss. He concluded by reciting his favorite hymn: There is a God; he is alive. In him we live, and we survive. Now   that   the   seasons   have   passed,   we   all   continue   to   remember   that   fateful   day   in   our respective   ways.   One   thing   is   constant;   this   memorial   garden   and   museum   dedication shall   endure   the   test   of   time.   Our   children's   children   will   learn   of   the   joy   ARIA   brought to   each   of   us   that   served   and   memories   of   those   that   gave   the   ultimate   sacrifice   for   the mission   they   so   enjoyed.   We   all   shall   continue   to   migrate   to   this   place   spiritually,   if   not in   person,   every   May   6th   to   quietly   reflect   and   remember   our   fallen   comrades   and ARIA.
Aircraft 61-0328 Memorial
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ARIA Memorial Service 1981 At    the    headquarters    of    the    4950th    Test    Wing,    and throughout   every   corner   of   Wright-Patterson   Air   Force Base,    the    atmosphere    was    quiet    and    solemn    that memorable   day,   Wednesday   May   6,   1981.   It   was   the day   that ARIA   328   with   21   persons   aboard   had   crashed. In   remembrance,   21   trees   form   a   living   tribute   to   the loved ones lost. A    C-135,    its    landing    lights    sparkling,    exhaust    trailing from    its    four    engines,    roared    low    over    the    missile display.   Three   A-7   aircraft   in   "missing   man"   formation followed   the   C-135.   The   half-staff American   flag   and   the crowd   clustered   on   the   concrete   pavement   in   front   of the   Air    Force    Museum.   Air    Force    personnel,    civilian employees,     family     members     and     friends     sobbed, embraced and wiped their eyes. For   the   service   inside,   the   500-seat   museum   auditorium was   crowded   to   the   walls   with   an   estimated   1,500   other persons    gathered    in    the    lobby    and    exhibit    areas listening to the proceedings. Lieutenant   General   Lawrence   A.   Skantze,   telling   of   his grief,   said   he   regarded   the   two   wives,   along   on   the mission   under   the   HAVE   PARTNER   program,   as   part   of the    crew.    "Our    ability    to    perform    properly    is    entirely entwined   with   the   families   and   particularly   the   wives,   I feel   helpless   that   I   can't   reach   out   and   alleviate   your suffering, sorrow and loss." Colonel   Donald   T.   Ward   struggled   for   words   to   explain how   some   1,800   members   of   the   Test   Wing   could   be   so close   they   could   all   be   a   family,   and   that   the   sense   of comradeship    and    sharing    that    exists    throughout    the Test   Wing   helped   us   through   this   loss.   He   concluded   by reciting his favorite hymn: There is a God; he is alive. In him we live, and we survive. Now   that   the   seasons   have   passed,   we   all   continue   to remember   that   fateful   day   in   our   respective   ways.   One thing   is   constant;   this   memorial   garden   and   museum dedication   shall   endure   the   test   of   time.   Our   children's children   will   learn   of   the   joy   ARIA   brought   to   each   of   us that    served    and    memories    of    those    that    gave    the ultimate   sacrifice   for   the   mission   they   so   enjoyed.   We all   shall   continue   to   migrate   to   this   place   spiritually,   if not    in    person,    every    May    6th    to    quietly    reflect    and remember our fallen comrades and ARIA.
Aircraft 61-0328 Memorial
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