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. […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Pilot training program provided opportunity for area men

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer In the late 1930s and early 1940s, area residents participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program in Roosevelt County. Initiated in 1939, the CPTP had a goal to train 20,000 civilian pilots a year, creating a pool of potential military pilots, according to the National Museum of the United […]

Some things in life reliable, some not so much

By Baxter Black As I weave my way through life there are things that I count on. They are stepping stones in my path that I don’t worry about, including: 1) Where I am going to spend eternity. 2) That my wife will always love me. 3) That the airplane pilots know what they are […]

Taxpayers deserve to see NASA research

Editorial NASA can shoot people into space, but it’s not shooting straight with millions of Americans who fly closer to home. How else to explain the space agency’s refusal to release data that suggest safety problems in aviation occur far more often than previously known? The unprecedented survey of about 24,000 commercial airline pilots and […]

Day Trip: Silent Wings Museum

Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock is dedicated to the World War II experience from the perspective of the glider pilots who flew in every major invasion of that war. The focal piece of the museum is a restored WACO CG-4A glider, according to the museum’s Web site, www.silentwingsmuseum.com History In 1971, former pilots of the […]

Thunderbirds ready to entertain at Saturday’s air show

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base and recalled the moment she knew she would one day be a pilot. Malachowski, 31, said an air show she attended with her parents […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

More noise means more problems for farmers

By Tara May: PNT Correspondent ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including meetings […]

Air Expo set for Saturday in Portales

By Tony Parra This year the Portales Air Expo will no longer be known as an Expo, but rather the Portales Fly-in and it will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Portales Municipal Airport. Ray Pallares, an operation specialist for the Portales Municipal Airport, said the airport doesn’t have permission to do […]

Cannon prepares for large deployment

Freedom Newspapers About 350 Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday will deploy to Nevada for three weeks of training exercises, the largest deployment so far this year. Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, said pilots and support personnel from the 522nd and 524th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the “Red Flag” […]

War is different these days

By Ray Sullivan For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of how war is fought today. We saw how breathtakingly complex it is and will be. And we were reminded of how deadly simple it always has been: Kill first, kill often and you win. Our visit […]

Realistic training is the best chance for survival

Ray Sullivan As a Marine combat veteran, I know the best chance of surviving war for any serviceman or woman is to train hard, train realistically and train often. That’s why I support the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base and the nearby Melrose Bombing Range. It […]

Cannon officials defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]

Air Expo takes flight this weekend

Tony Parra The Portales Air Expo kicks off Friday and concludes on Sunday and Portales residents will get a chance to enjoy the high-flying activities at the Portales Airport. Organizers are hoping the turnout for this year’s event will be better than last year’s. “We didn’t have a good turnout last year since everybody scheduled […]