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1958: C-130 Shot Down

Thursday, September 2, 2021

2 September 1958: C-130 (Flight 60528) shot down while on recon mission over Soviet Armenia.

The C-130 aircraft pictured here was the centerpiece of Vigilance Park outside of the National Cryptologic Museum. (PLEASE NOTE as of early 2017, National Vigilance Park was dismantled due to NSA construction. There are plans to rebuild the Park once the new museum is built. We apologize for the inconvenience for anyone wishing to visit the Park.)

The pictured C-130, configured for reconnaissance, was refurbished to resemble the C-130A that was downed over Soviet Armenia on September 2, 1958. The Vigilance Park C-130 was reclaimed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, refurbished by Raytheon/E-Systems in Greenville, Texas, and flown to Fort Meade. The C-130 was dedicated as a memorial to the fallen in a ceremony on September 2, 1997, in the presence of family members of those lost in the September 1958 incident.

There is also a memorial memorial at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, established to honor the Air Force Security Service SIGINT crew that was lost following the destruction of a C-130 aircraft which flew over Armenia on September 2, 1958. And there is a memorial placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Please SEE THE LINK BELOW to visit the National Vigilance Park page on our website to see photos of those memorials and to learn more about the C-130 and other aircraft that were previously on display at National Vigilance Park.

Excerpt from NSA.gov: On the 2nd of September 1958, Soviet MiG-17 pilots shot down a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance-configured C-130 aircraft over Soviet Armenia; 17 crewman were aboard. The MiGs attacked the unarmed aircraft after it inadvertently penetrated denied airspace. It crashed near the village of Sasnashen, 34 miles northwest of Yerevan, the Armenian capital.

Learn more via transcripts, reports, and audio files about this event on the NSA website - see link below.

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The NCF's Vision is to Influence the cryptologic future by sharing our educational resources, stimulating new knowledge, and commemorating our heritage.

The Foundation provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and cyber education and careers,  hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events, and honors the people— past, present, and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

The NCF also provides needed support to the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a unique and priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCF acquires the best artifacts for the Museum and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

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