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Air traffic controller at Kirtland AFB credited with saving CV-22 crew, aircraft

The airport traffic control tower at the Albuquerque International Sunport/Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Wendy Smith, an air traffic controller at the Albuquerque International Sunport/Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from Lt. Col. Brett Cassidy, 71st Special Operations Squadron commander. For her actions Nov. 10, 2020, Smith is credited with preventing a "catastrophic failure" of a CV-22 that could have claimed the lives of the six crew members aboard and possibly destroyed a $90 million aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Cochran.)

PHOTO BY: John Cochran
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NIKON D300

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18.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

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18

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1/250

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640

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