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 […]

Learning by doing

Courtesy Photo Marine Osprey pilots learn to fly the aircraft using a simulator. The CV-22 Osprey is a modified version of the MV-22. By Jennifer Hlad: Freedom News Service JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — For the first few years Mark Thoman served as a MV-22 instructor, whenever a student messed up, he would yell “I’ve got it” […]

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 […]

Pilots wanted

Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery Airmen from the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron push a T-6A Texan II primary trainer from a hanger at Cannon Air Force Base. By Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon Air Force Base — A couple of Texans rode into New Mexico last week, […]

Museum dedicated to preserving history

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 […]

Iraqi-pilot trainer earns Bronze Star

Janet Taylor-Birkey Last summer the Air Force was looking for pilots to serve six months as aviation advisors to the new Iraqi air force as part of AEF (Air Expeditionary Force) 7 and 8. Lt. Col. Jack Maixner, who was at the time Assistant Director of Operations for the 522nd Fighter Squadron (currently director of […]

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 […]

Fireballs test abilities in multinational event

Cannon’s F-16s sit ready to launch next to F-16s from the Turkish air force during the Falcon Air Meet 2006, hosted by Jordan in May. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals More than 150 Cannon Airmen and aircraft from the 522nd Fighter Squadron “Fireballs” traveled to Jordan for three weeks in May to participate in the first-ever […]

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 […]

Upgrade keeps pace with AF mission statement

Capt. Scott Crabtree, 522nd Fighter Squadron, taxis his jet into position after landing here Dec. 9. The jet was returning from an avionics upgrade at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airman Thomas Trower With the Air Force taking on a new mission in cyberspace, its equipment is keeping up with it. Air Force F-16 block […]

Having a ball

Lt. Col. Kenneth Rizer, 523rd Fighter Squadron commander (left), visits with Col. (Ret) Mike Connolly. Col. Connolly was the commander of the 27th Combat Support Group at Cannon from Oct. 14, 1978 to May 31, 1980. Airman Thomas Trower The 2005 Cannon Air Force Ball was a hit on Sept. 16 at The Landing. Attendees […]

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 […]

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 […]