Southern composure is fleeting at times

By Anita Doberman: Columnist If there is one thing that I learned living in the South, it’s that a Southern lady maintains control no matter how badly her children act. A few weeks ago, after an absence of almost five years, I embarked on a trip to Rome with my children. I was determined to […]

2006 Air Expo at Cannon thrills large crowd

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There was something for everybody at Saturday’s 2006 Air Expo. Cannon 1st Lt. Robert Palmer, 28, was intrigued by the vintage planes, including the MIG-17s. “I’m kind of a World War II nut so it’s kind of special when you get to see these […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]

Encouraging bottom-to-top communication, team problem solving

Keith Pannell Attention to detail and great military-civilian cooperation helped local and state officials nab six illegal aliens at Cannon Air Force Base May 16, 2005. On that late Monday morning, Cannon’s air traffic controllers received an emergency call from a civilian pilot who stated he was in danger of running out of fuel. “A […]

Local man accidental witness to first A-Bomb explosion near Roswell

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers John Ellison’s mission that morning focused on endurance. The B-29 commander, along with a flight engineer and four trainees, took off from Roswell Air Field just before 5 a.m. on July 16, 1945. Their purpose, Ellison said, was to condition the trainees for their World War II bombing missions over Japan. […]

Skydiving team taking flight over Cannon Air Force Base

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The take-off wasn’t as graceful as you might imagine. The C-27 plane buzzed like a gargantuan lawn mower. Its body hiccuped and rocked back and forth. The smell of exhaust fumes invaded its cabin. The crew inside, however, didn’t seem to mind or notice, but what else would you expect […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Two Portales students ready for takeoff

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Mike Linn Two local students will get an aerial tour of Portales at 9 a.m. today, thanks to some drawings they sketched documenting a time line of air travel — from the Wright brothers to NASA’s atmosphere-penetrating space shuttles. Sunny Liu, 13, and recent Portales High graduate Monica Best won the state’s National Aviation Art […]