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Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander, welcomes home Airmen of the 437th AW returning with the final evacuated C-17 Globemaster III Sept. 15, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall here. Twenty-two C-17s were evacuated to alternate locations and eight were diverted in response to the hurricane. Airmen of the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ensured the relocated aircraft were maintained and prepared to conduct hurricane recovery operations to the south from alternate installations including Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Last evacuated C-17 returns home
The final C-17 Globemaster III evacuated due to Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall returned here Sept. 15, 2017.
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Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht) Grandson of Enola Gay pilot flies refurbished B-29
Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi.
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