Portales Past: March 25, 1945

March 25, 1945: Clovis Army Air Field officials announced pilots flew 1,581 hours during the previous week — a record for B-29 bases. “The continuing increase in flying hours is ample proof of the devotion to duty and pride in organization that exists among all personnel of the field,” base Commander Col. Herbert Morgan Jr. […]

Report: Pilot error caused fatal crash

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An Air Force pilot with Clovis ties crashed his F-16 fighter and died last year in Iraq while attempting to protect ground forces, according to an Air Force report released Monday. Maj. Troy Gilbert — who was flying an F-16 assigned to Cannon Air Force Base — flew the […]