Medics keep crew in air

By Staff Sgt. Cassandra Locke: NCOIC, Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 379th Expeditionary Wing’s aerospace medicine team provides care for the flyers so they can stay in the fight. “We are the maintainers of the wetware that flies the hardware,” said Maj. Walter Matthews, chief of aerospace medicine for the wing. Flight surgeons are […]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of […]

Cannon pilot earns ACC flying instructor honors

Capt. Ryan “Rock” Wartman, left, greets Capt. Steven “Amp” Frodsham, 522nd Fighter Squadron, Oct. 13 after Captain Frodsham’s fini flight – his last at Cannon. The Air Combat Command Instructor Pilot of the Year is heading to Langley AFB. Janet Taylor–Birkey As a boy, Steven Frodsham was captivated by the model planes his dad displayed […]

Plane crashes during air show in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said […]

Cannon ‘Doc’ top Air Force flight surgeon

Janet Taylor-Birkey It wasn’t until George Buse was about 13 years old that he knew a career in medicine was in his future. His love of sports and reading opened up not only hobbies, but a rewarding career. “I was involved in martial arts and through that, through the training, I developed an interest in […]

Stage in the sky

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flying an airplane is a demanding sport, if your name is Tim Weber. The Phoenix resident peddled his bicycle to a nearby flight school as a teenager and traded manual labor for flying lessons. Today, he is one of a small group of aerobatics pilots who earn a living […]

Clovis Kite Karnival, amazingly, short of wind

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By Jean Verlich The wind didn’t cooperate Saturday for the third annual Kite Karnival, but not even the invited guests — members of the American Kitefliers Association — seemed to mind. With winds barely getting up to a light breeze through Doc Stewart Park, many kites were grounded. That just meant children could learn how […]

Col. West to assume 27th FW reins

27th Fighter Wings Public Affairs staff report Col. Scott West assumes command of the 27th Fighter Wing from outgoing commander Col. John Posner in a ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hangar 208 at Cannon. Col. Posner departs Cannon for duty in Washington, D.C. Col. West arrives from the 52nd Fighter Wing […]

Aliens visited Goober Gulch over 30 years ago

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not many will remember the Halloween the UFOs were sighted over Portales. But it happened. It’s even possible that I was abducted by the aliens flying them, according to my wife. Maybe some of you do recall the headline: “Strange Lights Sighted Over Streets of Portales.” It happened when I […]

WASPs pioneered female aviation

Tech. Sgt. James Elmore Tonight, at the 27th Fighter Wing Air Force Ball, we will pay tribute to a group of women pilots, who, during the early period of World War II, contributed to our aerial history when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) desperately needed pilots. These valiant women were known as Women […]

World War II Fighter Ace to attend AF Ball

27th Fighter Wing Historian Robert J. Goebel, the youngest of seven children, was born in Racine, Wis., in 1923. He entered the service as an Aviation Cadet at age 19 in 1942 and began his military career at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. After completing pre-flight training, he was sent to the Primary Flight […]

Cannon captain to receive national award

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Christina Hopper has weathered some storms in her life. One of them — when lightning struck the F-16 fighter jet she was flying in the early days of the Iraq war — has helped bring her national accolades. Hopper is one of nine women who on Wednesday will receive awards […]