USAF 97 INTEL SQ RC-135 RIVET JOINT RECON VELCRO PATCH

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 04, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

RC-135V "RIVET JOINT" SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT

You are buying a new/unused full colored Air Force patch (measures 3" tall by 2.75" wide) on Velcro from the 97th Intelligence Squadron, 55th Operations Group, 55th Wing located at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The hog-nosed RC-135M/V/W "RIVET JOINT" reconnaissance aircraft, with its extensive antenna array, provides vital real-time battle management information to mission planners, commanders, and warfighters. The aircraft is a high-altitude version of the C-135, which is a militarized version of the Boeing 707. The "RIVET JOINT," owned and operated by the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, NE, provides direct, near real-time reconnaissance information and electronic warfare support to theater commanders and combat forces. The "RIVET JOINT" flight crew consists of members of several 55th Wing squadrons. The pilots, navigators, and maintainers are assigned to the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron. The electronic warfare officers, known as EWOs or Ravens, and inflight maintenance technicians (IMTs) are from the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron. The 97th Intelligence Squadron makes up the final portion of the crew.

97th Intelligence Squadron "We Can Handle It"

"The mission of the 97th Intelligence Squadron is to provide mission-ready personnel and systems for
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