By Emilio Corsetti III
On may possibly 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty seven passengers and a team of six departed from New York's JFK foreign Airport en path to the tropical island of St. Maarten, yet 4 hours and 34 mins later the flight led to the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It used to be, and is still, the one open-water ditching of a advertisement jet. the next rescue of survivors took approximately 3 hours and concerned the coast safeguard, army, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what used to be taking place contained in the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters because the crews struggled opposed to the elements and dwindling sunlight to rescue the survivors, who had merely their lifestyles vests and a lone break out chute to maintain them afloat.
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Cs as a gate guard a1 Beale AFB. TR-1 Operations There are currently five active Air Force squadrons equipped with the U·2R/fR·lA Four squadrons; the 40251h SRS. 4028Lh SRS, 99th SRS. and 4029th SRT (1raining) Squadron (TR· I BsN·2CTs) are assigned 10 the 9th SRW at Beale. The fiflh squadron. the 95th TRS, was formed in Oc1ober of 1981 under 17th TRW at RAF Alconbury, Englund. This squadron received its first aircraf~ lwo TR·l As. und is expected to receive a total of eighteen TR· IAs for supporl of NATO requiremen1s in Europe.
Production of the TR·INER-2 began in late 1979, with thelirst aircraft, the de-militarized ER-2, ready for testing o n 11 May 1981. The prototype TR-IA followed the ER-2offthe production line making its first night on I August 1981, followed shortly by the second TR· IA. As were used for flight tests. systems development, and pilot training. The T R· IA incorporated a number of minor inte rnal c hanges from the U-2R and can carry the latest developments in airborne surveillance systems such as the Hughes Advanced Synthetic Ape rture Radar System (ASARS) and Lockheed P recision Emitter Location Strike System (PLSS) pods, whic h had been tested and approved foruseon the U·2R.
To support the expanded United Sllltes military presence in the Indian Ocean. TR- IN-2Rs have been deployed to Diego Garcia as needed to monitor events in the Persian Gulf, Iran, and Afghanistan. Reportedly such quick reaction deployments are normally handled by DET 6. stationed at Norton Air Force Base, California. (Detachments I and 4 are based Single One Piece Flep at Kadena, Okinawa and Mildenhall. England and are equipped with the SR-71 Blackbird). TR·INU-2Rs of DET 5, 9th SRW, operating from Patrick AFB in Aorida routinely operate off Central America.