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Boeing 707-300 (96-0042) - United States Air Force Boeing E-8C JSTARS ... J[oint] S[urveillance] T[arget] A[ttack] R[adar] S[ystem] (96-0042)br /116th ACW (One One Six Air Control Wing)br /Robins AFB, Georgiabr /br /* This aircraft was originally a B707 built for Western Airlines. When Western did not take up the order, this aircraft went to the Royal Canadian Air Force as a CC-137 Husky (reg 13705). It was eventually sold back to the USAF and converted to the E-8C JSTARS seen here landing on Runway 31R, KNFL's outboard parallel runway, in 2019. *
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Boeing 707-300 (96-0042)

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United States Air Force Boeing E-8C JSTARS ... J[oint] S[urveillance] T[arget] A[ttack] R[adar] S[ystem] (96-0042)
116th ACW (One One Six Air Control Wing)
Robins AFB, Georgia

* This aircraft was originally a B707 built for Western Airlines. When Western did not take up the order, this aircraft went to the Royal Canadian Air Force as a CC-137 Husky (reg 13705). It was eventually sold back to the USAF and converted to the E-8C JSTARS seen here landing on Runway 31R, KNFL's outboard parallel runway, in 2019. *

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Darryl Sarno
Great shot and history Gary! Love those 4 engine jets!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Howdy, Darryl, and Thank You. (wave)
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
There is one minor difference between 96-0042 as seen here and how it now appears. A green Gremlin has been painted on the nose under the cockpit window.
I do not know the reason why the Gremlin was put on the aircraft; however, there is a possibility that 96-0042 wears a Gremlin because it might have been plagued by various mechanical difficulties. If so, it reminds me of an old novel (a VERY OLD novel) that "co-starred" an aircraft that had so many mechanical problems it was named "Gremlins' Castle." Are there any old timers like me out there who know the name of the novel "Gremlins' Castle" was in? Here's a hint: The novel was made into a movie and the Duke was in the movie. In the movie, I think Andy Devine played the pilot who flew "Gremlins' Castle." (grin)
Tom Vance
12 Oclock High?
Tom Vance
2nd comment. I hate it when I miss a 707 Airframe,,,green w.envy and Gremlin serious grrrrrrrr
and 5x
John Giambone
Great Catch of this rare bird!
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