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#4 Keith Eastman  2014-07-27 20:53
I was assigned directly to Anderson AFB Guam and 54th Weather from Jan 67 to July 68.....I was Asst crew chief on Weather "554". She was a great bird I have some fond memories of her and Anderson. I do remember taking her to Clark AFB PI to fly sorties for the WB47's that couldn't why due to high maintenance I believe. This lady has been all over the So Pacific from Guam to Oki....Sorry to see her gone. Anyone from 54th Weather out there.... please call and let's talk 937 545-0894

#3 Joe Tabaco  2006-02-23 00:00
More info on all WC-130s including the E mods in particular can be found at I logged quite a few hours on 64-0554 as the Dropsonde Operator! Joseph TabacoTSG, USAF (Ret)http://www .tabacofamily.c om/jtabaco/jtab aco.html
#2 peter copeskey  2005-06-09 00:00
[update] - from the Air Weather Reconaissance Associations homepage [http://www.spe 0/articles/wc13 0.htm] I found out more about 554 -Having proven the worth of the C-130 as a sampling and reconnaissance platform, AWS asked for and received six more [WC-130Es], in 1965. 61-2360, 61-2365, and 61-2366 were transferred from TAC, and 64-0552, 64-0553, and 64-0554 were brand new. They were modified for weather reconnaissance2 at WRAMA. All six were delivered to AWS in 1965, and transferred to the 54th WRS, Andersen AFB, Guam, that same year. In 1967 they were sent to Lockheed-Mariet ta for the addition of the atmospheric sampling system, and then returned to the 54th where they remained through mid-1972. For the following fifteen years all of them would transfer 'round and 'round amongst the 53rd, 54th, 55th and 56th squadrons, wherever the operational demand was greatest. After the 54th closed in 1987, all six Es were reunited at the 53rd WRS, then at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. In 1989, all the E-models were modified once again with the Improved Weather Reconnaissance System (IWRS)8 which had finally reached operational status after three years of testing and evaluation. At the same time, the atmospheric sampling infrastructure was removed from these aircraft, thus ending forever that capability of the WC-130. In 1991 the 53rd was deactivated, and all six Es were transferred to the 815th Weather Recon-naissance "Flight" of the 815th TAS, 403rd TAW, an Air Force Reserve unit at Keesler. (For a time the 815th Flight was designated as the 920th Weather Reconnaissance Group.)In 1993, the 53rd WRS Hurricane Hunters were re-activated as an Air Force Reserve entity at Keesler, and assumed all weather reconnaissance duties, aircraft, and personnel from the 815th. At that time, four C-130H aircraft of the 815th AS, which had previously been WC-130s, were re-converted to the type, and the six E-models were granted a well-deserved retirement in the Arizona sunshine.
#1 peter m copeskey  2005-06-09 00:00
64-0554 was assigned to th 53rd Weathr Reconnaissance Squadron, Keesler AFB MS frim the mid 1970s until it was turned in to AMARC. When the 53rd was deactivated in 1991 the aircraft continued performing Hurricane Hunting with the AF Reserves at Keesler until they upgraded the fleet to all 'H" models.

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