Save "891 - Not Just Fat Albert!
Fellow TACAMO Veterans - We are mounting a mission to get 891 recognized for her true fame in TACAMO and to get TACAMO represented in the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. They think she is just another pretty face who once starred as Fat Albert. Thank you! Vern Lochausen
Please share your 891 photos and stories
A U.S. Navy Lockheed EC-130G Hercules (BUNO 151891) was initially assigned to VR-21 Det TACAMO in Barbers Point, HI. It was used for the "trash Hauling" mission until the TACAMO II Vans were produced and shipped to them nearly a year later. After that on 01 Jan 1966 VR-21 Det TACAMO was transferred to VW-1 on Guam. Before this in 1964, Ron Carlson and crew flew around the world in their EC-130G, 151891. It made an around the world trip, roughly at the equator, and carried Artic survival gear on board anticipating an over the pole leg from France to Alaska. Never took place due to lack of navigation equipment and qualified personnel.
On the Flight Line at Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum there is a Blue Angels C-130, it is also a really famous TACAMO bird that was given to the Blues after the E-6 came along. It flew around the world in late '64 before it got its TACAMO mission suite installed. It was also the prototype for many of the TACAMO mods that upgraded the EC-130s.
TCVA goal is to get a TACAMO display telling everyone the entire story of 151891.