Project Speckled Trout – The Video

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“Project Speckled Trout – The Video

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

     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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