1987: Navy EA-3B recon aircraft crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
LT Stephen H. Batchelder
LCDR Ronald R. Callander
AT2 Richard A. Herzing
LT Alan A. Levine
CTI3 Patrick R. Price
LT James D. Richards
CTI3 Craig H. Rudolf
Despite this tragic loss, the last of the Navy's Cold War fatalities in the aerial electronic reconnaissance program, the EA-3B remained in frontline service with VQ-1 and VQ-2 until October 1991, serving with distinction in one last conflict, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The NCM has the one remaining part from Ranger 12 - Indexer box EA-3B Ranger 12. From the nose landing gear door, used for night landings. Particular unit from EA-3B BuNO144850 Ranger 12 plane lost at sea.' During night landings the indexer box was used to provide “Angle of Attack” readings to the landing signals Officer.
Read about the EA-3B mission photos featured here in our Acqusitions Section.
A Navy EA-3B Skywarrior was previously on display at National Vigilance Park (just outside of the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, MD). It was dedicated to the memory of all U.S. Naval aircrews who perished while conducting secret reconnaissance missions around the world. Learn more about the park at the link below. **** Please note Vigilance Park has been dismantled and the aircraft have been removed due to NSA's plans to build a new visitor's center. The Park will be reconstructed when the new museum buildings are built. We apologize for any inconvenience.****