Cannon welcomes new plane

By Freedom New Mexico

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon Air Force Base reached another milestone Tuesday in its transition to its special operations mission with the arrival of a new aircraft.

The PC-12 was delivered to the 27th Special Operations Wing and will be flown by the 318th Special Operations Squadron when it activates in March, according to a base press release.

The aircraft, selected for its versatile performance characteristics and ability to operate from short and unimproved runway surfaces, will provide battlefield mobility for special operations forces in theaters throughout the world, according to Air Force Special Operations Command officials.

The aircraft that arrived Tuesday is the first of three PC-12s scheduled for delivery to the 27th SOW this year, the release said.

“We’re excited to take the first delivery of this aircraft,” said Col. Tim Leahy, 27th SOW commander. “And we’re excited to bring a new mission to Cannon Air Force Base.”

A total of 10 PC-12s are planned for purchased over the next four years.

When fully active, the 318 SOS will be comprised of approximately 90 airmen.