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Westfield International Air Show – Looking Back A Few Years

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The 2017 Westfield International Air Show is rapidly approaching, set for the weekend of August 12th and 13th. The show is held in conjunction with an Open House of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing. This year’s show promises to include many active and retired military aircraft, as well as civilian performers. The Westfield – Barnes Regional Airport is situated within a thirty minute drive west of the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A Salute to Air Mobility Heritage

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Like many other Military Bases across the country, Scott Air Force Base also has a Heritage Park to honor its rich history. Scott’s is located at 763 Siebert Road, which is directly outside of the main base entrance, and is appropriately named Scott Field Heritage Air Park. This park portrays the history of Scott Air Force Base also that of Air Mobility Command and specifically highlights the Airlift, Air Refueling, and Aeromedical Evacuation Missions. The Air Park includes current and former workhorses of Air Mobility Command with examples of the following aircraft types:

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What Does American Air Power and the Declaration of Independence Have In Common?

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What? The United States recently celebrated 241 years of independence, and a lot has changed since the fledgling nation began defending itself. In the 1700s, aviation was but a dream by a few imaginative soon-to-be American patriots. Indeed, parts of America’s Declaration of Independence focused on the most important transportation mode of the time… the world’s seas and their ability to support trade. Among the objections the Colonists had over the King of Great Britain were that he had “…plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” Additionally, he was “…cutting off our trade with all parts of the world.” Thus, our founding fathers concluded that “… as Free and Independent States, they have full power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do". America declared that she had the right to defend herself and her important trade opportunities.

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Scott AFB: One Hundred Years in the Making

_MG_9231 (1000x514) The time period is June 1917, the location Belleville Illinois, located roughly 25 miles to the East of St. Louis Missouri. Construction begins on the then-known Scott Field, named after Corporal Frank Scott, the first enlisted person killed in an aviation related crash in 1911. The flying mission at Scott would begin a few months later with pilot and mechanic training on the Curtis JN-4D Jenny type aircraft. It would be these early days of flying and the hazardous nature of such that would give birth to a mission Scott still fulfills today, Aeromedical Evacuation. The mission at Scott would change in the 1920’s and 1930’s with the base being designated a “Lighter Than Air” Station with Balloons and Dirigibles assigned. In 1939 with the clouds of war looming, the mission reverted to a training role, this time it would be communications training which would last until 1957. The United States Air Force would become a service in 1947, Scott Field was renamed to Scott Air Force Base. The 1950s brought about many unit changes and re-designations with Aeromedical Evacuation becoming even more important than it already was. Read more »