Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Airport hosting restored aircraft

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will host a pair of restored World War II bombers Monday through Wednesday. The aircraft, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-25 Mitchell, will be on display at Blue Sky Aviation at the airport, with a noon Monday arrival. The B-17 and B-25 are nicknamed “Sentimental Journey” and “Maid […]

New aircraft arrives at Cannon

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing and their families get a close up view Thursday of a MC-130J as it arrives at Cannon Air Force Base. It is the first of at least 10 MC-130Js that will be delivered to the base in the next fiscal year. Benna Sayyed […]

Cannon holding aircraft ceremony

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

Officials: Lost signal caused Predator to veer off runway

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U.S. Air Force The MQ-1B Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft systeml, according to the U.S. Air Force website. Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway […]

Cannon showcases mission, aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michael Poston, deputy base civil engineer at Cannon, said the base has been under construction almost continuously since 2007. This building will be used for simulators and will be expanded to be a training center, called Simulator City or Sim City, Poston said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon […]

Cannon showcasing mission, aircraft for media

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will be showcasing its mission and aircraft for the media Wednesday, according to a news release. The all-day event will include a special operations mission briefing by Col. Stephen Clark, aircraft displays, a CV-22 flight simulator, a driving tour of the base and a Predator Ground Control Station […]

Cannon open house features multiple aircraft

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Courtesy photo The MC-130H Combat Talon II first flew in 1966. It is one of the planes that will be exhibited Saturday at the open house. CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing plans to showcase its missions and aircraft during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon Air Force […]

Cannon to participate in Haiti quake aid

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base is getting involved in rescue operations in earthquake devastated Haiti. A press release issued by Cannon public affairs said the base is preparing two MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron. The release said both aircraft were deployed Wednesday in […]

First Person: Pilot by day, writer by night

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and wrote a children’s book in his spare time. Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his […]

Bombing range being retooled for new aircraft

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U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez An MC-130W Combat Spear drops a Container Release System load at Melrose Air Force Range during a training exercise in September. The drops are done at least once a week to prepare aircrews for resupply missions in areas that have no airfields. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ […]

Squadron coming to Cannon

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Courtesy photo A military spending bill signed by President Bush this month includes six CV-22 aircraft for Cannon Air Force Base. The 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt field is slated to fly the aircraft at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ Staff A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday […]

8/31 Honors

Artist of the Month Ed Des Lauriers of Clovis is the Pintores Artist of the Month for September. His artwork will be on display at the Clovis-Carver Library through the month. He is the 2008-2009 president of the Pintores Art League. As a design draftsman at Lockheed, commercial pilot and eight years as an aircraft […]

Texas firm awarded contract for Cannon flight simulator

CNJ staff report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Nearby bases utilizing Cannon’s runways

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A C-17 was seen flying over west Clovis Wednesday. The Oklahoma plane was making test runs at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is lending its airfield to aircraft from nearby air bases to practice maneuvers while the base continues its transition […]

Boeing ends contract with CCC citing low participation

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A major aircraft manufacturer ended a contract this week with Clovis Community College to conduct 10-week unmanned aerial vehicle training programs on campus. According to CCC officials, the college received about $130,000 during the two years of the contract. Boeing officials said the number of students entering the program […]

Cannon receives construction funding

CNJ staff The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved legislation Tuesday that includes $26.4 million earmarked for two construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M. About $18 million will be used be used to build an aircraft maintenance hangar for C-130 aircraft and about $8 […]

Laughlin aircraft lands short of runway

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Two Air Force captains were taken to a local hospital for observation after they landed their T-1 Jayhawk in a field just short of the runway Wednesday night at Preston-Smith International Airport here last night, according to an Air Force press release. The two are assigned as T-1 instructor pilots with […]