“Project Speckled Trout – The Video
In mid-1957, General Curtis E. LeMay, the newly appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, ordered the transfer of the last test-bed KC-135 from Edwards AFB, CA to Andrews AFB, MD. Although the aircraft continued to have a test and evaluation mission, during the first few years at Andrews AFB it was used primarily to transport numerous distinguished civilian and military leaders. From 1957 to late 1958 this tanker (KC-135 s/n55-3126) was the only jet aircraft permanently assigned to Andrews. The many VIPs who flew on the aircraft included President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. Recalling the hectic schedule of Gen Thomas D. White, USAF Chief of Staff and General LeMay in the late 50’s and 60’s, "it was nothing for us to spend 8-10 days in Europe, come back to Andrews for a day, and fly to the Far East for six days."
Within six months of its formation, the unit was named Speckled Trout in honor of a program monitor who assisted in numerous phases of the project. According to Maj Gen Chris Divich, a former Speckled Trout Commander, a civilian employee of ARDC named Faye Trout was instrumental in all facets of the project and the maintenance personnel honored her by naming the unit, "Trout." The word Speckled was added by General LeMay because Ms. Trout apparently had "alot of freckles."
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