Conversion of Quiet Thruster (QT-2) to PRIZECREW (QT-2PC) Configuration (1967).
The experimental QT-2 Aircraft were, although never intended for tactical use, modified (in 87 days) at the end of 1967 to the Prize Crew (QT-2PC) configuration in our covert portion of the Lockheed Transport Service Hanger at the San Jose Municipal Airport:
- Military comm/nav avionics and a bomb scoring X-Band Transponder installed, but no IFF/SIF Transponder.
- Observer viewing ports added.
- Poly reticulated foam added to the fuel tank to prevent explosion, if penentrated by a “round”.
- Painted dark grey.
- Scheldahl Acoustics Sensors removed.
Meanwhile an aircrew was selected from Tri-Military Service volunteers. Initial training was conducted using standard Schweizer 2-32 (USN X-26/A) gliders. The aircraft and aircrews were next assembled at Crows Landing Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) in the San Joaquin Valley for flight tests and training. The training was later continued at Moffett Field Naval Air Station (NAS), but only in darkness. Otherwise, the aircraft were hidden in the enormous Hanger 1 (originally the home of the Navy Lighter than Air Airships). At the end of that period, the aircraft were loaded aboard USAF MAC C-130 Aircraft for transport to South Vietnam (RVN).
The route included stops for fuel etc at Hawaii, Midway, Wake, and Mactan (PI) Islands.