Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft

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ARIA 61-0328 Memorial

    On that fateful early morning day of May 6, 1981, the Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft, ARIA 61-0328, lifted off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fairborn, Ohio, on a training mission. An hour later, all 21 aboard perished in a fatal crash over a farmer's field in Walkersville, Maryland.

    Later that year, placement of a bronze plaque inscribed with the names of those who perished along with the planting of 21 flowering crab apple trees took place at the National Museum of the Air Force Fairborn, Ohio, with each tree representing a crew member or passenger.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

In Memoriam

Thomas Edward Bayliss

Born 26 December 1950
Aged 30 Years
Chatham, Virginia

Staff Sergeant
Joseph Thomas Brundige Junior

Born 15 January 1949
Aged 32 Years
Republic, Pennsylvania

Staff Sergeant
Michael Wayne Darling

Born 3 October 1955
Aged 25 Years
Salina, Kansas

Staff Sergeant
Douglas Alan Dibley

Born 23 June 1953
Aged 27 Years
Englewood, Ohio

Joseph Charles Emilio

Born 19 September 1945
Aged 35 Years
Long Beach, New York

Mrs. Peggy A. Emilio
Born 9 October 1946
Aged 34 Years
Wife of Joseph Emilio

Donald Vincent Fonke

Born 26 November 1949
Aged 31 Years
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Mrs. Linda M. Fonke
Aged 30 Years
Wife of Donald Fonke

Lieutenant Colonel
Benjamin Barnes Frederick

Born 18 October 1941
Aged 39 Years
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

First Lieutenant
Charles Edward Gratch

Born 13 September 1956
Aged 24 Years
Oneida, New York

Staff Sergeant
Timothy Lane Harris

Born 9 April 1955
Aged 26 Years
Tarboro, North Carolina

Staff Sergeant
George Milton Henninger

orn 5 February 1948
Aged 33 Years
Batavia, Illinois

Technical Sergeant
Gregory Clayton Hodge

Born 12 July 1950
Aged 30 Years
Zana Point, California

Second Lieutenant
Clayton Floyd Jones

Born 22 March 1957
Aged 24 Years
Granbury, Texas

Walter Thomas Lusk

Born 27 December 1946
Aged 34 Years
Lawrence, Kansas

Senior Master Sergeant
Larry Dean Middleton

Born 1 September 1946
Aged 34 Years
Jasper, Tennessee

Airman First Class
Randall Charles Moffett

Born 2 September 1961
Aged 19 Years
Oil City, Pennsylvania

Chief Master Sergeant
Eddie Wayne Presley

Born 8 May 1941
Aged 39 Years
Winter Haven, Florida

Staff Sergeant
Glenn Samuel Resides Junior

Born 23 November 1955
Aged 25 Years
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

USAF Veteran
Mr. Michael W. Riley

Born 3 June 1956
Aged 24 Years
Trotwood, Ohio

Technical Sergeant
Larry Gene Wetzel

Born 19 March 1947
Aged 34 Years
Freeburg, Illinois