Project Rough Rider

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The Lockheed T-33 literally came in all shapes and sizes.  This one (53-5404) is from Air Force Systems Command (AFSC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, and says “Project Rough Rider” on the nose.  For a good reason too: It flew in to storms to measure the effects of hail.  Though the insignia is that of Air Research and Development Command (ARDC), above it are the letters “AFSC”, the successor of ARDC.  Apparently they hadn’t gotten around to putting on the new insignia.  B-52’s of the 17th Bomb Wing are in the distance.

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