Matthews, Frank, TSgt

Communications Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
29372B-Airborne Radio and Flight Inspection Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Service Years
1947 - 1967
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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 1960-1963, EC-121H Warning Star
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 EC-121H Warning Star Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star was a US Air Force/US Navy airborne early warning radar surveillance aircraft. A military version of the Lockheed Constellation, it was designed to serve as an airborne early warning system to supplement the Distant Early Warning Line, using two large radomes, a vertical dome above and a horizontal one below the fuselage. EC-121's were also used for intelligence gathering (SIGINT).

It was introduced in 1955 and retired from service in 1978, although a single specially-modified EW aircraft remained in service with the U.S. Navy until 1982. The US Navy versions when initially procured were designated WV-2 and WV-3. Warning Stars of the U.S. Air Force served during the Vietnam War as both electronic sensor monitors and as a forerunner to the E-3 Sentry AWACS. U.S. Air Force aircrews adopted the civil nickname, "Connie" (diminutive of Constellation) as reference.

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Last Updated: Apr 21, 2010
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  18 Also There at This Aircraft:
  • Bartholomew, Charles, SMSgt, (1960-1982)
  • Bibber, Ron, A1C, (1960-1964)
  • Cowden, Edward, A2C, (1962-1966)
  • Davidson, Norman, CMSgt, (1954-1976)
  • Gershon, Gary, Sgt, (1963-1968)
  • Kain, Cleo, A1C, (1960-1964)
  • Kulp, Clark, A1C, (1961-1966)
  • Lepage, Giles, A1C, (1959-1963)
  • McKee, Steven, SSgt, (1962-1970)
  • Nadeau, Richard, TSgt, (1954-1979)
  • Price, Floyd, A1C, (1958-1966)
  • Rodney, Donald, A1C, (1962-1965)
  • Rondeau, Joe, A1C, (1960-1964)
  • Stachura, Michael, Sgt, (1962-1966)
  • Westfall, Robert, SMSgt, (1957-1980)
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