ARIA sees the Re-entry of Apollo 8
The aircraft used for launch (and in this case, re-entry) photography was a KC-135 aircraft used to support the ARIA fleet. This particular aircraft, whiile part of the fleet, was not modified to be an ARIA.
ALOTS pod fitted to 5123.
Closeup of the
ALOTS pod fitted to ARIA 327.
Bob Burns writes,
An Encounter with Apollo 8
by Lt. Col. Robert Mosley.
Bob Mosley in the Aircraft Operations Control Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, 1969. Photo: Bob Burns.
These four photos of the Apollo 8 re-entry, taken by the ARIA ALOTS, are the only ones we’ve been able to discover. The sequence appears to be top left, top right, bottom left. bottom right.
The bright object is probably the Service Module.
The images are from the collection of R.C. Doc Weaver, with the exception of the bottom left image, which is courtesy of the Kennedy Space Center media archive.
With thanks to Robert L. Mosley for his kind permission to reproduce this article and for his photo.
The article was published in The
Intercom of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of TROA, submitted by Charles Hinton. It’s also available at Ed Cathcart’s mofak.com and at Randy Losey’s FlyAria.com.