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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 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

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

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

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

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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

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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

Wright Brothers flying schoolWright Brothers flying school
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

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

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- Maj. Gen. Mark Solo, 19th Air Force commander, prepares to land as he delivers an HC-130J Sept. 29 to Kirtland AFB and the 58th Special Operations Wing. (Photo by Lt. Col. Alex Carothers)
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Posted: 10/7/2011

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

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- An HC-130J prepares to land here Sept. 29. It is the first of the new C-130J models to arrive at Kirtland Air Force Base and the 58th Special Operations Wing. (Photo by Todd Berenger)
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Posted: 10/7/2011

58 SOW to receive new HC-130J58 SOW to receive new HC-130J
58 SOW to receive new HC-130J

The 58th Special Operations Wing will receive an HC-130J, similar to the one pictured here.
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Posted: 9/27/2011

58 SOW to receive new HC-130J58 SOW to receive new HC-130J
58 SOW to receive new HC-130J

The 58th Special Operations Wing will receive an HC-130J, similar to the one pictured here.
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Posted: 9/27/2011

Two 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestoneTwo 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestone
Two 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestone

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- Two 58th Special Operations Wing helicopters reached an aviation milestone here Tuesday, when the HH-60G Pave Hawks surpassed 10,000 hours of flying time. Pictured here are the flight crews from the historic 10,000 hours on the air frame for aircraft tail numbers 82680 and 82644. (photo by Edward C. Harrison)
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Posted: 9/1/2011

Two 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestoneTwo 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestone
Two 58 SOW helos reach aviation milestone

KIRTLAND AFB, N.M. -- HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters 23644, left, and 23680 reach an aviation milestone here Tuesday, when they surpassed 10,000 hours of flying time. The two 58th Special Operations Wing helicopters fly over Hanger 1000 as they approach the landing Pad. (photo by Edward C. Harrison)
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Posted: 9/1/2011

MAFFS aircraftMAFFS aircraft
MAFFS aircraft

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Chief Master Sgt. Jimmy Dehart, 115th Air Expeditionary Airlift Squadron chief loadmaster, California Air National Guard, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., explains a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System’s pintle valve that disperses the water or retardant used to fight wildfires. In support of the National Interagency Fire Center, the unit brought two C-130J aircraft equipped with MAFFS to help control wildfires in the Southwestern U.S. (Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.)
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Posted: 6/22/2011

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MAFFS aircraft

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Chief Master Sgt. Jimmy Dehart, 115th Air Expeditionary Airlift Squadron chief loadmaster, California Air National Guard, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., stands in the cockpit of a C130J explaining a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System’s trigger device that releases the water or retardant used to fight wildfires. In support of the National Interagency Fire Center, the unit brought two C-130J aircraft equipped with MAFFS to help control wildfires in the Southwestern U.S. (Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.)
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Posted: 6/22/2011

MAFFS aircraftMAFFS aircraft
MAFFS aircraft

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- In support of the National Interagency Fire Center, the 115th Air Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, California Air National Guard, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif., brought two C-130J aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems to help control wildfires in the Southwestern U.S. (Air Force photo by Elizabeth Martinez.)
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Posted: 6/22/2011

Huey milestoneHuey milestone
Huey milestone

Forty years after UH-1N tail number 69-6650 was delivered to the Air Force, the helicopter recently logged its 15,000th flight hour.
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Posted: 6/13/2011

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Huey milestone

Retired Lt. Col. Kenneth Witte, left, along with retired Master Sgt. Robb Klein, right, performed a preflight inspection of the “Huey” helicopter before it embarked on its historic journey.
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Posted: 6/13/2011

Thunderbird visitThunderbird visit
Thunderbird visit

Capt. Kristin Hubbard, advance pilot/narrator of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, taxis her F-16 to a parking spot after landing Monday morning at Kirtland AFB. She flew into the base to check local conditions and meet with the open house planning committee. The open house is scheduled for Oct. 9, when the Thunderbirds will perform at Kirtland AFB for the first time since 2006.
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Posted: 5/12/2011

Air Force’s first female CV-22 pilot completes training at KirtlandAir Force’s first female CV-22 pilot completes training at Kirtland
Air Force’s first female CV-22 pilot completes training at Kirtland

1st Lt. Candice Killian, 58th Training Squadron, prepares to fly the CV-22. U.S. Air Force Photo by Stefan Bocchino
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Posted: 2/25/2011

    

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