Jet crash near Roswell (Updated)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A military fighter plane crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico after the pilot ejected safely, Air Force officials said. The QF-4 Phantom from Holloman Air Force Base crashed southwest of Roswell in grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres. No structures were threatened, according […]

Jet crashes near Roswell (Updated)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A military fighter plane crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico after the pilot ejected safely, Air Force officials said. The QF-4 Phantom from Holloman Air Force Base crashed southwest of Roswell in grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres. No structures were threatened, according […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Divers look for body at Sumner Lake

CNJ staff Divers will resume the search today for the body of a 27-year-old Fort Sumner man believed to have drowned while jet skiing Sunday at Sumner Lake, state and county officials said. Josh Kenyon was last seen in the water about 6 p.m. Sunday by nearby fishermen in the northwest section of the lake […]

Some thoughts on dealing with desynchronosis

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Since my wife and I returned from Uganda, I’ve discovered a thing or two about jet lag, or, if you want a more impressive term, “desynchronosis.” (I learned that term this morning doing an early morning Google search for “jet lag.”) Jet lag is a real thing. It takes […]

Safety concerns for speaker lead to tax dollar waste

Freedom Newspapers There were two telltale signs that becoming speaker of the House had gone to the head of Newt Gingrich, the history professor-turned-politician who masterminded the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994. The first was when he asked The Smithsonian to lend him the skull of a tyrannosaurus rex for display in his office. […]

Memorial fund for pilot’s family established

By CNJ Staff A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Air Force pilot Troy Gilbert, whose F-16 jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq. Maj. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune […]

Downed F-16 pilot identified

CNJ Staff The pilot involved in Monday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Iraq has been identified as Maj. Troy. L. Gilbert, who is assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The downed plane is assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. According to a Department of Defense news release, Gilbert’s listed as “Duty Status Whereabouts […]

Status of F-16 pilot unknown

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base […]

You can get colds in the summer too

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist There’s a man rambling around town and he’s a real pain in the keister. He’s currently hitting the West Coast but, if he already hasn’t, will be moving inland sometime soon. He’s not a nice man to meet, for the first thing he does is bludgeon the skull so it […]

Enhancing productivity of the installation’s work force

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet on the flight line one or two jets at a time. A phase inspection is an in-depth teardown and close look at the inside […]

Upgrade keeps pace with AF mission statement

Capt. Scott Crabtree, 522nd Fighter Squadron, taxis his jet into position after landing here Dec. 9. The jet was returning from an avionics upgrade at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airman Thomas Trower With the Air Force taking on a new mission in cyberspace, its equipment is keeping up with it. Air Force F-16 block […]

F-16 Phase Dock keeps Cannon’s fighter fleet flying

Staff Sgt. Matthew Teets, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase avionics technician, checks the security of several conduits in the engine bay of the F-16. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet […]

Commission chair asks if Cannon can house F35s

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC […]

Oceana backers defend base

By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Navy has found no better location for a master jet base on the East Coast than Oceana Naval Air Station, members of a commission considering closing the installation were told Monday. Accompanied by Virginia officials, four members of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

Richardson moving on to bigger things

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist As a self-appointed and sadly unpaid public relations advisor to Gov. Bill Richardson, it is disheartening to learn I can no longer leave the state. Every time I do, it seems, I return to find Big Bill boiling in a pot of trouble. Not to brag or anything, but I […]

Governor’s jet new point of contention

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A friend who likes to get my goat will often ask “is Fat Boy going to give you a ride in his $5 million airplane?” Before we get to that question, loaded as it is with inference, let me point out that I do not have a goat. Further, I […]

Cannon jet drops fuel tanks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release […]

Not supporting base a negative message

Letters to the Editor I was making my way along Prince Street recently when I noticed a sign outside a restaurant that read: “Jet noise is good for the economy.” I am astounded that we have to rely on a restaurant marquee to remind us of what is important to our community and to our […]