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Two “Fini Flights” at Once!

All photos provided by and taken by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Hetz and Master Sergeant Joseph A. Vigil.

As 860036 was prepared for the boneyard, it’s flying boom was removed while still at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The all-volunteer crew was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Pillion who was making his Fini Flight and retiring from the U.S. Air Force. LTC Pillion granted us an exclusive interview about his and 860036’s Fini Flights.

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BAC Strikemaster at Andrews AFB.

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Looking Back at the 2002 NAS Norfolk Air Show


Continuing on a theme introduced a month ago; this is the second installment of photographs from airshows that I attended prior to the age of digital photography. I am not proceeding in any particular chronological order from my collection. I am merely examining the boxes upon boxes of photographs and pulling the best shows from the compilation of slides and negatives that I have amassed.

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Hanscom AFB’s 1989 and 1991 Air Shows

42nd Bomb Wing KC-135R based at Loring AFB, Maine. The base is now closed Air Force Base due to the BRAC. 

The two year period between 1989 and 1991 saw a pair of air shows at Massachusetts’ Hanscom AFB, to the west of Boston found in the suburb of Bedford. Twenty years has seen a huge turnover of military aircraft in the United States… look at what was displayed in the years on either side of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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