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, […]

Plane crashes near Tucumcari

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Freedom Newspapers:Thomas Garcia Two Yuma, Ariz., residents, Gary Mayer and Kathryn Blohm, were injured in the crash of this Beech airplane Friday outside of Tucumcari, according to reports from the New Mexico State Police. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A single-engine plane crashed early Friday afternoon in a field six miles east of […]

We could have used better words

By David Stevens/CNJ Editor Our newspaper recently published a story about an F-16 pilot killed in Iraq last year. The story reported details about the cause of the crash. The main headline read: “Pilot error caused crash” The secondary headline was: “Air Force report: Pilot of Cannon F-16 died protecting ground troops.” Several readers have […]

Military feature: Clovis grad beats odds as female pilot

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2nd Lieutenant Alison Henderlite says you have to be “kind of a tomboy and kind of tough” to be a female Air Force pilot. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At 25 years old, Alison Henderlite has already achieved her No. 1 goal. An Air Force pilot, the 2nd Lieutenant is a minority […]

Military digest: Henderlite

By CNJ staff Air Force 2nd Lt. Alison A. Henderlite has earned silver pilot’s wings after completing the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, Okla., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. The daughter of Gregory and Do Pritchard of Clovis, she graduated from Clovis […]

Memorial fund for pilot’s family established

By CNJ Staff A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq. Maj. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune […]

Fund started for family of missing F-16 pilot

CNJ staff A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed Monday in Iraq. Donations may be made to the Gilbert Family Memorial Fund, in honor of Maj. Gilbert, whose wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. The fund was announced Saturday by the Bank […]

Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base […]

Cannon F-16 crash history

CNJ Staff CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Cannon has lost eight F-16s in crashes since 1997, according to newspaper archives. Nov. 27, 2006 — An F-16 assigned to the base’s 524th Fighter Squadron crashed in Iraq while supporting coalition ground combat operations. The fate of the pilot is unknown. However, the pilot was not from […]

Air Force jet crashes in Iraq

Coalition forces support

An F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed from Cannon Air Force Base flies a close-air-support mission Oct. 23 for coalition forces on the ground. An F-16 from Cannon similar to this one crashed Monday in Iraq. (Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force) By Tonya Fennell and Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An F-16 […]

Cannon pilot earns ACC flying instructor honors

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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 […]

No pilot, no problems

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleScanEagle instructor Mike Wood steps over the launch cords as he prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch Thursday at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight […]

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 […]

Cannon pilot crashes, avoids farmhouse

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist First Lt. Thomas W. Seuffert of Dayton, Ohio, “took extraordinary measures and increasing that hazard to himself in guiding his disabled aircraft from an inhabited farmhouse. “The 25-year-old Korean War veteran was killed at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 1954, when he attempted to get his F-86 Sabrejet airborne […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

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The Pacific Prowler, a restored World War II B-25 bomber, was in service from 1944 to 1958 before it was decommissioned. Since that time it was used in the films “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Memphis Belle.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific […]

Memorials important during fight for freedom

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist On this Memorial Day weekend, I have to retell the story about the man I met several years ago. I have written about him before, but I think it calls for retelling. I was on a plane from Albuquerque to Lubbock. My heart was touched as I saw an elderly […]

In tribute: Former administrator wore many hats

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Bill Hardage wore many hats during his nearly 40 years at Wayland Baptist University. He was an administrator and a track coach, and even served a stint as the school’s pilot. But more than anything, Hardage was an ambassador for the Plainview, Texas-based school. Hardage, 63, a native of Oklahoma […]

There are no degrees of separation in combat

Maj. David Nicholson Are Airmen Warriors? We are at war. In case you need a reminder, just tune your TV to any news channel and it won’t be long before you hear about the latest military operation launched or the current U.S. body count. Most of the press centers around the Army and Marines, as […]

3/19 Club notes

Grady Alpha Club Grady Alpha Club met March 7 at the Clovis home of Maxine Kelso. Katy Mackechnie presided over the business meeting. The roll call was answered by nine members, and one guest offering Irish blessings. Discussion centered around plans for the Grady Memorial Day dinner on Sunday, May 28, which coincides with the […]