Master Sgt. Ron Burgoon of the 12th Air Force's 355th Wing, 12nd Squadron out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Ariz., happily offered AirSho attendees a chance to walk through his EC-130. #1791.
The EC-130 is a command and control platform for military operations on the ground and water and in the sky: Think of it as a flying control tower The plane is equipped with 2-3 radios to direct air traffic.
Burgoon spent seven years with a DC-130 crew directing operations in Bosnia. His role on the plane is as a liaison between the Air Force and the U.S. Army
"I'm there when the Army needs air support," he said. The plane carries a crew of 21.
Capt. Shawn Sharritt gets to fly the big bird. "I love it," he said. "The EC-130 is an awesome, awesome aircraft."
Christian McGaffey of Fergus Falls, Minn., couldn't agree more. "My favorite thing was all the computers," the gap-toothed 5-year-old said after stepping off the aircraft. -The Forum.
Photo by Craig on Saturday, June 08, 2002 at the Fargo AirSho.