Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: CNJ 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 […]

Locals received pilot training close to home

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico 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 Nation Museum of the United […]

Americans deserve to hear results of airline survey

By Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Civilian pilots concerned about new mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An association of pilots fears the mission proposed for Cannon Air Force Base will create hazardous flying conditions. Spotty radar coverage, fuzzy radio communications and the type of flying proposed by Air Force Special Operations puts pilots of small, private airplanes, business jets, commuter airplanes and crop dusters at […]

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 […]

Las Vegas native living childhood dream as Thunderbirds pilot

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Major Nicole Malachowski is the first female Thunderbird pilot. She along with the rest of the Thunderbirds will fly in Saturday’s airshow at Cannon Air Force base on Saturday. By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday […]

Tucumcari air show features stunts from U.S., Canadian planes

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Tucumcari’s first air show in 1992 featured a crop duster — and not much else, said air show Chairman Bob McClelland Jr. More than a decade later, Wednesday’s 13th annual Rotary Air Show’s lineup includes a team of Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, the […]

Catastrophes provide heroic moments

Tom Philpott During Lt. Todd Fisher’s first tour as a young helicopter pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., he would peer across the tarmac to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah and notice not only the colorful paint scheme of Coast Guard helicopters, but also the timing of their deployment. “Every time we’d be coming back […]

Air Expo celebration of military might

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An F-15E, front, and an F-15C, both from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho, sit on display during the 2005 Air Expo on Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The ballet didn’t feature ballerinas. It featured gravity-defying pilots, military mavericks, and their […]

The grace of God is only a pretty theory

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Columnist Ah, the grace of God is a fine concept in theory. And that, I’m afraid, is exactly the way it stays in the lives of many people for a very long time. A concept. A theory. But to catch even a glimpse of its beautiful and unfathomable reality is to […]