TIMELINE

THE ERAS OF TACAMO

1960s

  • Proof of Concept to Squadron Formation
  • TACAMO I and II test flights with single wire roll on/roll off vans
  • VR detachments evolve to VQ-3 Pacific and VQ-4 Atlantic
  • Iceland-UK gap coverage and Pacific equivalent

1970s

  • Development and employment of the systems of TACAMO III, IVB, TIP I
  • TACAMO IVB power impact on basing
  • Anti-jam VLF
  • First alert sites- Pax River, Bermuda
  • Satellite communications advantages
  • Crew Four Loss and KC-130F arrivals

1980s

  • VQ-3 Buildup, EMP hardening, two-ocean continuous airborne coverage, E-6 start
  • VQ-3 move to Hawaii
  • Ready alert in Hawaii then Moffett Field
  • VQ-4 search for CONUS alert site
  • Mid-CONUS base search
  • ECX becomes E-6A
  • E-6 training at Waco and Huntsville
  • PEP for pilots and flight engineers
  • First E-6 ops in Hawaii

1990s

  • E-6A introduction and early ops, community relocation and consolidation in OK, start of the E-6B
  • E-6 alert at Travis AFB
  • VQ-4 start of E-6 ops
  • Tinker AFB homeport, construction, consolidation, relocation
  • Continuous airborne coverage becomes continuous alert coverage
  • Airborne Command Post conversion

2000s

  • Airborne Command Post ops to Operation Iraqi Freedom