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In the early 70s the USAF started receiving their first batch of C-10 Jetstreams ordered from the UK company Handley Page.  With the US still mired in the Vietnam war, an urgent requirement was identified to replace the EC-121R "Batcat" sensor relay aircraft that formed the aerial segment of Operation Igloo White  - the monitoring of traffic on the Ho Chi Minh trail.  The EC-121s were deemed too vulnerable so a smaller aircraft was sought.  The newly arrived Jetstreams fitted the bill perfectly.  A special operations flight was formed within the 166th TAW/Delaware ANG to operate a small number of early conversions to the role - designated RC-10B "Rivet Jenny".  These Jetstreams were modified by E-Systems Inc in Greenville to have a number of highly specialised workstations in the cabin.   This necessitated the need to blank out all the windows on the starboard side.  The aircraft were flown by a flight crew of two, plus 3 mission specialists in the cabin who operated the sensors and relay equipment.

 

This is the Airfix Vintage Classics Jetstream, bought from Sywell Aviation Museum - they sell them to raise funds for the restoration of their own Jetstream G-RAVL.  The kit went together pretty well, its taken me over 6 months mainly due to the building of the interior, plus a break to decorate the spare room!  This was my first ever "what if" and proved very enjoyable.  I started out just doing the aircraft, but then @TEXANTOMCAT offered me a PSP base that he didn't need and before I knew it I was trawling the internet for jeeps and oil cans 🙂 

 

Also my first time spraying camo - so might as well make it a 3 tone camo, right?  Paints were the ever reliable Mr Hobby, except the black was Tamiya I think.. Build thread is here is anyone's interested:

 

 

Some pictures:

 

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 (Lets all ignore the sink mark on the front landing gear door!! 😲)

 

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After suffering a technical problem on a mission over the trail, aircraft 67-362 had to divert to a US Army forward operation location as a precaution.  Here the flight crew are attempting to ascertain the location of the nearest 5* hotel with a pool 🙂   They appear to have stepped in some very strange animal droppings as they left the aircraft.

 

As ever, thanks to the community for the support and ideas along the way, its been a blast, and quite refreshing to not have to care too much about reality!

 

Al.

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks terrific mate well done- not only will it look great in the museum it’ll tell an important part of the Jetstream story - this really could have happened if we hadn’t cancelled the F-111! 
 

glad you enjoyed it too- it’s been fun!

 

what’s next?

 

TT

Looks terrific mate well done- not only will it look great in the museum it’ll tell an important part of the Jetstream story - this really could have happened if we hadn’t cancelled the F-111! 
 

glad you enjoyed it too- it’s been fun!

 

what’s next?

 

TT

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52 minutes ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

Looks terrific mate well done- not only will it look great in the museum it’ll tell an important part of the Jetstream story - this really could have happened if we hadn’t cancelled the F-111! 
 

glad you enjoyed it too- it’s been fun!

 

what’s next?

 

TT

Looks terrific mate well done- not only will it look great in the museum it’ll tell an important part of the Jetstream story - this really could have happened if we hadn’t cancelled the F-111! 
 

glad you enjoyed it too- it’s been fun!

 

what’s next?

 

TT

So cancelling the Jetstream was revenge for us cancelling the F-111?  Hadn't heard that before.  As to what's next, I have 20+ to choose from, got an F-5 in paint then I need to think, although life's going to get in the way for most of August so it might be a while before I start something new 😞

 

Al.

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Truly a work of art, and totally plausible, I agree!  I like, for instance, how there's some camo scraped off at the door threshold, so you can see the original white paint beneath, rather than just bare aluminum.  That's realistic.  Also realistic is the idea of the ANG receiving equipment that the regular AF didn't quite know what to do with in "peacetime" (Vietnam was a war in time of "peace.")  Lastly, multiple presidents activated the ANG and NG for service in Vietnam because they were, after all, combat units, albeit made up of "good old boys" who knew each other at home, not always with good results.  My guess is that the mission specialists would have been drawn from Guard guys with requisite skills from all over the States, and not just Delaware.

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1 minute ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

Truly a work of art, and totally plausible, I agree!  I like, for instance, how there's some camo scraped off at the door threshold, so you can see the original white paint beneath, rather than just bare aluminum.  That's realistic.  Also realistic is the idea of the ANG receiving equipment that the regular AF didn't quite know what to do with in "peacetime" (Vietnam was a war in time of "peace.")  Lastly, multiple presidents activated the ANG and NG for service in Vietnam because they were, after all, combat units, albeit made up of "good old boys" who knew each other at home, not always with good results.  My guess is that the mission specialists would have been drawn from Guard guys with requisite skills from all over the States, and not just Delaware.

Thanks for the kind words!  The Delaware ANG thing was fortuitous, the only tail code I had of an appropriate size was an 'ED' one. Didn't think ED would be valid for a combat unit so I swapped it round for DE and conveniently saw that the De ANG was at least a C-130 unit in the late 60s and saw Vietnam service.  Happy days!

 

Al.

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This label for the Museum ok Al?

 

HANDLEY PAGE  RC-10B JETSTREAM USAF 1970S

 

What might have been….

 

“In the early 70s the USAF started receiving their first batch of C-10 Jetstreams ordered from the UK company Handley Page.  With the US still mired in the Vietnam war, an urgent requirement was identified to replace the EC-121R "Batcat" sensor relay aircraft that formed the aerial segment of Operation Igloo White  - the monitoring of traffic on the Ho Chi Minh trail.  The EC-121s were deemed too vulnerable so a smaller aircraft was sought.  The newly arrived Jetstreams fitted the bill perfectly.  A special operations flight was formed within the 166th TAW/Delaware ANG to operate a small number of early conversions to the role - designated RC-10B "Rivet Jenny".  These Jetstreams were modified by E-Systems Inc in Greenville to have a number of highly specialised workstations in the cabin.   This necessitated the need to blank out all the windows on the starboard side.  The aircraft were flown by a flight crew of two, plus 3 mission specialists in the cabin who operated the sensors and relay equipment”

 

This ‘what if’ model imagines a likely scenario had the USAF proceeded with their order for the C-10 Jetstream from Handley Page. Built by Museum Trustee Al Henderson it wears contemporary South East Asia camouflage consistent with the role and the markings of  166 Tactical Air Wing, Delaware Air National Guard early 1970s.

 

TT 

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33 minutes ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

This label for the Museum ok Al?

 

HANDLEY PAGE  RC-10B JETSTREAM USAF 1970S

 

What might have been….

 

“In the early 70s the USAF started receiving their first batch of C-10 Jetstreams ordered from the UK company Handley Page.  With the US still mired in the Vietnam war, an urgent requirement was identified to replace the EC-121R "Batcat" sensor relay aircraft that formed the aerial segment of Operation Igloo White  - the monitoring of traffic on the Ho Chi Minh trail.  The EC-121s were deemed too vulnerable so a smaller aircraft was sought.  The newly arrived Jetstreams fitted the bill perfectly.  A special operations flight was formed within the 166th TAW/Delaware ANG to operate a small number of early conversions to the role - designated RC-10B "Rivet Jenny".  These Jetstreams were modified by E-Systems Inc in Greenville to have a number of highly specialised workstations in the cabin.   This necessitated the need to blank out all the windows on the starboard side.  The aircraft were flown by a flight crew of two, plus 3 mission specialists in the cabin who operated the sensors and relay equipment”

 

This ‘what if’ model imagines a likely scenario had the USAF proceeded with their order for the C-10 Jetstream from Handley Page. Built by Museum Trustee Al Henderson it wears contemporary South East Asia camouflage consistent with the role and the markings of  166 Tactical Air Wing, Delaware Air National Guard early 1970s.

 

TT 

Looks spot on, apart from the unit designation should be "166th Tactical Air*lift* Wing".  👍

 

Al.

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