On the morning of May 6, 1981, the Advanced Range  Instrumentation Aircraft, ARIA 61-0328, lifted off from Wright-Patterson  Air Force Base Fairborn, Ohio. An hour later all 21 aboard perished in a  fatal crash in a farmers field while on a training mission over  Walkersville, Maryland. A bronze plaque along with 21 flowering crab  apple trees were placed in the memorial garden at the National Museum  of the Air Force Fairborn, Ohio, each tree representing a crew member  or passenger.
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