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  • Weapons instructors: educating the best to teach the rest

    Just another day, as a 29th Weapons Squadron instructor walks out to board a C-130 Hercules — mountains painting the background in a picturesque canvas as the sun slowly peeks over, clipboard and pen in hand as he prepares to do what he loves most, build the next generation of C-130 Hercules tactical experts. U.S. Air Force Maj. Mark Wilson, 29th WPS assistant of operations at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, started his career with the initial qualification to become C-130 pilot at LRAFB, before earning the title of instructor pilot three years later — a prerequisite to the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course which invites the pilots who have what it takes to become the best of the best.
  • Team Travis sergeant earns RPA pilot wings

    When a Team Travis noncommissioned officer showed up five months into a six-month course at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to become an Enlisted Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot, there was confusion.
  • Fairchild Airmen and Zion National Park Rangers rescue stranded climbers

    In the evening hours on March 17, two Airmen were hiking through the trails of a national park, when they came across another group of hikers who heard calls for help.
  • Siblings, wingmen take flight

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Two pilots here, share more than a workplace, they share blood.Capt. Gary Whiteman, 14th AS C-Flight assistant flight commander, and his sister 1st Lt. Kristina Whiteman, 14th AS liaison officer, are both U.S. Air Force Academy graduates and C-17 Globemaster III pilots.“Being a Whiteman sibling comes with an
  • WWII veteran recalls time as B-29 pilot

    With all four engines at full power, a B-29 Superfortress, nicknamed ‘Goin’ Jessie,’ quickly approached the end of a Tinian Island runway during World War II; the aircraft, however, still wasn’t in the air.At the last moment, the bomber lifted off the ground just enough to stay airborne, taking out two runway lights as it slowly gained
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