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RU-8D Comes to National Vigilance Park

U.S. Army RU-8D SeminoleU.S. Army RU-8D Seminole
The Army RU-8D Seminole joined the Air Force's C-130 in May of 1998. This workhorse of the U.S. Army's airborne intelligence operations during the Vietnam era paid special tribute to the service and sacrifice of soldiers assigned to perform aerial reconnaissance and cryptologic intelligence-gathering missions.

The aircraft was completely restored and donated by the Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, Virginia, to the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade. NSA accepted custody of the RU-8D from Ft. Eustis in October 1997, shortly after the park opened. Maintenance and modifications on the aircraft began immediately. NSA ground personnel designed the layout and prepared the site.

A special plaque recognizing the contribution of the Army's aerial reconnaissance program was written, designed and ordered. Finally, in May 1998, the aircraft was dedicated in a ceremony as part of Armed Forces Week activities.