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Surrogate PredatorSurrogate Predator
Surrogate Predator

An enhanced Surrogate Predator 3 is prepared for takeoff. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors were added to the Cesna 182 so it can mimic a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland modified the Civil Air Patrol aircraft for use in military training exercises. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/20/2015

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58 SOW Huey trainer

A Huey is loaded into the cargo bay of an MC-130H to be delivered to Kirtland. The Huey will be used for training and is expected to save the military roughly $1 million a year, (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 2/23/2015

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58 SOW Huey trainer

A Huey is loaded into the cargo bay of an MC-130H to be delivered to Kirtland. The helicopter was a tight fit, coming within inches of the top and sides of the cargo bay, according to the fabricators at the 58th Training Squadron. The Huey will be used for training and is expected to save the military roughly $1 million a year, (Photo by Lee Ross)
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Posted: 2/23/2015

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58 SOW Huey trainer

The Huey at the 58th Training Squadron’s Monster Garage is nearly ready for students to use. The training apparatus is expected to save the military roughly $1 million a year, (Photo by Lee Ross)
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Posted: 2/23/2015

CV-22 OspreyCV-22 Osprey
CV-22 Osprey

Kirtland's 58th Special Operations Wing has a plan to mitigate aircraft engine damage that happens during training missions using a biodegradable binding material at practice landing zones. TerraLOC binds the dirt in a landing zone together so as to not stir up as much blowing dirt when a CV-22 Osprey lands there. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 2/2/2015

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58 SOW helicopter pilot

Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and the 58th Operations Support Squadron's assistant director of operations, recently made an impact by training pilots, male and female, for the Afghan Air Force at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 12/22/2014

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58 SOW helicopter pilot

Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and 58th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, conducts a pre-flight inspection Dec. 16. (Photo by Jim Fisher)
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Posted: 12/22/2014

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58 SOW helicopter pilot

Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and 58th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, conducts a pre-flight inspection Dec. 16. (Photo by Jim Fisher)
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Posted: 12/22/2014

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58 SOW helicopter pilot

Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and 58th Operations Support Squadron assistant director of operations, instructs 1st Lt. David Shadoin, a student pilot in the 512th Special Operations Squadron, during pre-flight procedures Dec. 16. (US Air Force photo by Jim Fisher)
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Posted: 12/22/2014

Award winner Christopher GittoAward winner Christopher Gitto
Award winner Christopher Gitto

Christopher Gitto, a technical information specialist with the Air Force Safety Center, was recently named the Air Force winner of the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award. He received the letter of notification from Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center, and CMSgt Charles Meyer, senior enlisted advisor, during the unit commander's call on July 10. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Brown)
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Posted: 12/4/2014

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Civil Air Patrol tours 58th SOW

The 58th Special Operations Wing hosted a tour of several aircraft for the members of the Civil Air Patrol, and a few foreign exchange cadets visiting the CAP, on Aug. 1. (Photo by Lee Ross)
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Posted: 8/26/2014

C-130J C-130J
C-130J

An MC-130J Commando II designated for Kirtland, was ferried Dec. 5 from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. This aircraft, the 200th C-130J delivered to the U.S. government, is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. It supports such missions as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration, and aerial delivery and resupply of special operations forces. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 12/19/2013

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58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

One of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's last two remaining assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows takes its final flight Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

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58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

One of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's last two remaining assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows takes its final flight Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow
58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

Firefighters give a water salute to one of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's last two remaining assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows as it taxis the runway in preparation for its final flight Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

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58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

Crew members pose before one of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's last two remaining assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows as it sits on the flightline before its final flight at an informal ceremony Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow
58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

One of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's last two remaining assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows sits on the flightline before its final flight at an informal ceremony Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow
58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

A crew member prepares for the final flight of the last of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's two assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows at an informal ceremony Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

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58th SOW bids farewell to Combat Shadow

Crew members prepare for the final flight of the last of the 550th Special Operations Squadron's assigned MC-130Ps Combat Shadows at an informal ceremony Sept. 6. The departure of the aircraft marks the end of a 25-year training curriculum at Kirtland. (Photo by Ken Moore)
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Posted: 9/19/2013

This week in Air Force nuclear historyThis week in Air Force nuclear history
This week in Air Force nuclear history

B-52 with SRAM
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Posted: 7/24/2013

This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993
This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993

On June 24, 1993. Air Force officials authorized destruction of 365 B-52s at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., in compliance with START signed July 31, 1991. U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on July 31, 1991, to limit each nation’s the number of nuclear weapons systems. 365 B-52s were destroyed at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Destruction of the bombers began in August 1993. The bombers were stripped of all usable parts, then chopped into five pieces by a 13,000-pound steel blade dropped from a 120-foot tall crane. The “guillotine” sliced four times on each plane, severing the wings and leaving the fuselage in three pieces. The cut-up B-52s remained in place for three months so Russian satellites could confirm that the bombers had been destroyed, after which they were sold for scrap.
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Posted: 6/27/2013

This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993 This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993
This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993

On June 24, 1993. Air Force officials authorized destruction of 365 B-52s at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., in compliance with START signed July 31, 1991. U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on July 31, 1991, to limit each nation’s the number of nuclear weapons systems. 365 B-52s were destroyed at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Destruction of the bombers began in August 1993. The bombers were stripped of all usable parts, then chopped into five pieces by a 13,000-pound steel blade dropped from a 120-foot tall crane. The “guillotine” sliced four times on each plane, severing the wings and leaving the fuselage in three pieces. The cut-up B-52s remained in place for three months so Russian satellites could confirm that the bombers had been destroyed, after which they were sold for scrap.
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Posted: 6/27/2013

This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993 This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993
This week in nuclear history - June 24, 1993

On June 24, 1993. Air Force officials authorized destruction of 365 B-52s at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., in compliance with START signed July 31, 1991. U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on July 31, 1991, to limit each nation’s the number of nuclear weapons systems. 365 B-52s were destroyed at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Destruction of the bombers began in August 1993. The bombers were stripped of all usable parts, then chopped into five pieces by a 13,000-pound steel blade dropped from a 120-foot tall crane. The “guillotine” sliced four times on each plane, severing the wings and leaving the fuselage in three pieces. The cut-up B-52s remained in place for three months so Russian satellites could confirm that the bombers had been destroyed, after which they were sold for scrap.
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Posted: 6/27/2013

This week in history - April 15, 1952: B-52 first flight This week in history - April 15, 1952: B-52 first flight
This week in history - April 15, 1952: B-52 first flight

First B-52 flight
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Posted: 4/16/2013

April 9, 1957: First flight of KB-50J, jet-augmented tankerApril 9, 1957: First flight of KB-50J, jet-augmented tanker
April 9, 1957: First flight of KB-50J, jet-augmented tanker

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Posted: 4/11/2013

Revisiting FifiRevisiting Fifi
Revisiting Fifi

Col. Paul Tibbets IV, Air Force Inspection Agency commander, right, and Steve Paternoster, Kirtland AFIA honorary commander, toured and flew in the B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” during its April 3 visit to Albuquerque. “Fifi,” the world’s only flying B-29, regularly tours nationwide to promote Air Force heritage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Berenger)
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Posted: 4/8/2013

This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight
This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight

C-118A
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Posted: 4/2/2013

This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight
This week in history – April 2, 1976: Last C-118A flight

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Posted: 4/2/2013

This week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flightThis week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flight
This week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flight

Early versions of the B-36 were criticized for insufficient performance. On Oct. 5, 1948, Convair proposed that the problems could be addressed by fitting two pairs of turbojets in pods underneath the outer wings, similar to those fitted underneath the inner wing of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. The turbojets would be used for takeoff and for short bursts of speed during the bombing run, and would have only a minimal effect on range. The changes resulted in the B-36D version. Conversion of a B-36B to D configuration was authorized Jan. 4, 1949. The prototype B-36D was obtained by converting a B-36B.The modification was sufficiently successful that the Air Force contracted for additional bombers as B-36Ds during FY 1949, and opted to modify existing B-36Bs to D configuration. The first true production B-36D flew July 11, 1949. The first B-36Ds were accepted by the Air Force in August 1950, and were initially sent to Eglin AFB, Fla. for testing. By June 1951, 26 B-36Ds had been delivered. The last B-36D was accepted in August 1951. Eighty-one B-36Ds were delivered; 22 built as B-36Ds from the start, and 59 others were converted from B-36Bs.
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Posted: 3/28/2013

This week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flightThis week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flight
This week in history -- March 26, 1949: YB-36D first flight

Early versions of the B-36 were criticized for insufficient performance. On Oct. 5, 1948, Convair proposed that the problems could be addressed by fitting two pairs of turbojets in pods underneath the outer wings, similar to those fitted underneath the inner wing of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. The turbojets would be used for takeoff and for short bursts of speed during the bombing run, and would have only a minimal effect on range. The changes resulted in the B-36D version. Conversion of a B-36B to D configuration was authorized Jan. 4, 1949. The prototype B-36D was obtained by converting a B-36B.The modification was sufficiently successful that the Air Force contracted for additional bombers as B-36Ds during FY 1949, and opted to modify existing B-36Bs to D configuration. The first true production B-36D flew July 11, 1949. The first B-36Ds were accepted by the Air Force in August 1950, and were initially sent to Eglin AFB, Fla. for testing. By June 1951, 26 B-36Ds had been delivered. The last B-36D was accepted in August 1951. Eighty-one B-36Ds were delivered; 22 built as B-36Ds from the start, and 59 others were converted from B-36Bs.
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Posted: 3/28/2013

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Wright Brothers flying school

Orville and Wilbur Wright opened their first flying school in Alabama in 1910.
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Posted: 3/19/2013

This Week in History: YC-141B introducedThis Week in History: YC-141B introduced
This Week in History: YC-141B introduced

On Jan. 8, 1977, the first YC-141B rolled out of the Lockheed-Georgia Marietta plant. Equipped with in-flight refueling capability, it was 23 feet longer than the original C-141A, enabling it to carry more troops and cargo.(Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 1/8/2013

‘Executive Sweet’ arrives‘Executive Sweet’ arrives
‘Executive Sweet’ arrives

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M -- The B-25 Mitchell World War II-era medium bomber, nicknamed “Executive Sweet,” landed April 10 at the Albuquerque International Sunport for an overnight stop. (Photo by Dennis Carlson)
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Posted: 4/13/2012

‘Executive Sweet’ arrives‘Executive Sweet’ arrives
‘Executive Sweet’ arrives

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M -- The B-25 Mitchell World War II-era medium bomber, nicknamed “Executive Sweet,” landed April 10 at the Albuquerque International Sunport for an overnight stop. (Photo by Dennis Carlson)
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Posted: 4/13/2012

58 SOW gets new simulator 58 SOW gets new simulator
58 SOW gets new simulator

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- The new state-of-the-art HH-60G simulator that was formally accepted by the 58th Training Squadron on March 23 uses a total crew concept enabling the training of all crew members, including the flight engineer and aerial gunner positions. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/4/2012

58 SOW gets new simulator 58 SOW gets new simulator
58 SOW gets new simulator

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- The new state-of-the-art HH-60G simulator that was formally accepted by the 58th Training Squadron on March 23 uses a total crew concept enabling the training of all crew members, including the flight engineer and aerial gunner positions. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/4/2012

58 SOW gets new simulator 58 SOW gets new simulator
58 SOW gets new simulator

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- The new state-of-the-art HH-60G simulator that was formally accepted by the 58th Training Squadron on March 23 uses a total crew concept enabling the training of all crew members, including the flight engineer and aerial gunner positions. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/4/2012

58 SOW gets new simulator 58 SOW gets new simulator
58 SOW gets new simulator

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- The new state-of-the-art HH-60G simulator that was formally accepted by the 58th Training Squadron on March 23 uses a total crew concept enabling the training of all crew members, including the flight engineer and aerial gunner positions. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/4/2012

58 SOW gets new simulator 58 SOW gets new simulator
58 SOW gets new simulator

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- The new state-of-the-art HH-60G simulator that was formally accepted by the 58th Training Squadron on March 23 uses a total crew concept enabling the training of all crew members, including the flight engineer and aerial gunner positions. (Courtesy photo)
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Posted: 4/4/2012

March 31, 1916: Congress provides the Army $500,000 for 24 airplanes March 31, 1916: Congress provides the Army $500,000 for 24 airplanes
March 31, 1916: Congress provides the Army $500,000 for 24 airplanes

On March 30, 1916, Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois made an urgent appeal for “at least 10 of the highest-powered, highest-climbing and best weight-carrying aeroplanes that can be secured and purchased in the United States.” On March 31, Congress passed the “Urgent Deficiency Act,” which provided the Army with $500,000 for the immediate purchase of 24 airplanes, including eight for the 1st Aero Squadron. The first of the new airplanes were Curtiss N-8s; but on May 1, a “Punitive Expedition” board determined that those aircraft were too slow and not rugged enough for duty in Mexico. Also on May 1, the first Curtiss R-2s arrived at Columbus, N.M., for the 1st Aero Squadron.
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Posted: 3/29/2012

New MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFBNew MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFB
New MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFB

Gen. Rice turns over the aircraft “key” to Staff Sgt. Gordon Grgurich, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Photo by Dennis Carlson
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Posted: 3/14/2012

New MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFBNew MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFB
New MC-130J arrives at Kirtland AFB

Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., commander of Air Education and Training Command, delivered a new MC-130J to the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Carlson
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Posted: 3/14/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

A CV-22 assigned to the 71st Special Operations Squadron in flight Dec. 28. U.S. Air Force Photo by John Cochran.
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Posted: 1/13/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

A UH-1N assigned to the 512th Rescue Squadron banks left during a flight Dec. 27. U.S. Air Force Photo by John Cochran.
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Posted: 1/13/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

A pair of HH-60Gs assigned to the 512th Rescue Squadron fly in formation Dec. 28. U.S. Air Force Photo by John Cochran.
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Posted: 1/13/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

An HC-130J Combat King II assigned to the 415th Special Operations Squadron flies over New Mexico terrain Dec. 27. U.S. Air Force Photo by John Cochran.
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Posted: 1/13/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

A UH-1N assigned to the 512th Rescue Squadron lands while another hovers overhead Dec. 27. U.S. Air Force Photo by John Cochran.
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Posted: 1/13/2012

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58 SOW photo flights

A CV-22 assigned to the 71st Special Operations Squadron scatters snow during a landing Dec. 28. U.S. Air
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Posted: 1/13/2012

    

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