Pilot’s children inspire him to publish book

Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But Beattie said he and his family always make time for each other in their busy schedules. Put it in writing: For a long time […]

Student’s art flies high

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales Junior High School student who didn’t intend to take an art class has won third place in a national aviation art contest. The week of Feb. 15, seventh-grader Kristen Wagner received a letter from Gov. Bill Richardson informing her that her drawing of three stunt planes in […]

Reaper flies first Iraq mission

Courtesy photo: USAF A maintenance airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan Oct. 1. Capable of striking enemy targets with on-board weapons, the Reaper has conducted close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Staff and Air Force News Joint Base Balad, Iraq — The Air Force flew its first operational MQ-9 Reaper mission […]