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the C-130B-II is reported to have introduced enhanced technology and to have
had a maximum intercept range of 400
nmi against air-to-ground traffic and
600 nmi against air-to-air transmissions. Again, the platform mission suite
is said to have included the 100-kHz
to 30-MHz band G-133F and 30-MHz to
1-GHz band G-175F receivers, the G-176
and G-1171 recorders and a "super high
frequency" AN/APR-17 receiver. Sun Valley II served in both the Far East and
Europe and,as of 1964, had replaced the
Rose Bowl C-47 in the airborne COMINT
role over Korea and had made its first
deployment to Thailand (two aircraft) to
undertake Queen Bee (later Silver Dawn)
collection missions along the coast of
North Vietnam.
As an aside, it is worth mentioning that 1964 saw another of USAFE's
"spook" squadrons (the 7405th Support
Squadron) flying a quartet of modified Boeing C-97G transports in an
"electronic reconnaissance" role along
the air corridors in and out of Berlin,
along the inner German border and over
the Adriatic, Baltic, Black Sea and the
Eastern Mediterranean. Here, the Speed
Light Alfa/Small Fry and Little Guy/Rivet

Gumbo aircraft flew peripheral missions, while the Flint Stone/Rivet Stern
platform was configured for SIGINT and
photo reconnaissance in the Berlin corridors. Last but not least, the Wine Sap/
Rivet Stock aircraft was one of America's
first attempts to quantify the radio
frequency activity associated with the
Russian SA-2 surface-to-air missile. Like
Flint Stone, Wine Sap operated within
the Berlin air corridors.
Mention of "spook" activity leads
neatly to the other major airborne
SIGINT player in the mid-1960s US arsenal: the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA). As such, the CIA's 1964 "air force"
operated the RB-69 (a variant of Lockheed's P2V-7 maritime patrol aircraft),
the truly remarkable Lockheed A-12
Oxcart and the last of the first genera-

tion Lockheed U-2 ultra high-altitude
reconnaissance platforms in the SIGINT
role. In order, the RB-69 was developed
in the mid-1950s to provide the agency
with a multipurpose reconnaissance
aircraft that could undertake both peripheral and penetration missions. By
1964, the type's SIGINT capability had
been upgraded with Loral's 50-MHz to
10.75-GHz AN/ALQ-28 superheterodyne
collection system, which worked in
conjunction with a battery of sevenand 14-channel recorders, the Granger
QRC-15 broadband ELINT system and a
prototype 10- to 40-GHz band receiver.
In terms of operations, the two surviving RB-69s were being operated by the
Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force
and were conducting Robin peripheral
missions along the coast of mainland

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
50 Years of Airborne SIGINT
ACE Program Lays Out Plans for New EW Capabilities
Technology Survey: Spectrum Analyzers
EW 101
NAWCWD Hosts 43rd Annual Collaborative Electronic Warfare Symposium
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - June 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - June 2014 - From the President
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