Air Force accepts delivery of final MQ-1 Predator

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USAF: Senior Airman Julianne Showalter An MQ-1 Predator prepares for takeoff in support of operations in Southwest Asia. Air Force officials accepted MQ-1 Predator tail number 268, the last manufactured for the service in a ceremony March 3. By: 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — The Air Force accepted […]

Predator crashes outside of Cannon

Freedom New Mexico photo: Sharna Johnson Emergency response vehicles clustered around the scene of an unmanned plane crash through Cannon Air Force Base’s perimeter fence. Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Press release: Predator mishap at Cannon Air Force Base

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Cannon’s 3rd Special Operations Squadron taxied off the runway through a perimeter fence coming to rest in an adjacent field. There were no injuries; only inert training munitions were on board and pose no hazard. […]

Investigation: Drone crash caused by electrical device failure

CNJ staff An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did not […]

Air Force confirms Cannon Predator drone crash

The Air Force is confirming an MQ-1 Predator drone assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed earlier this month in eastern Afghanistan. The Cannon unmanned aircraft crashed May 7, according to the Air Force, which also confirmed it was the second drone in the last two weeks to crash in Afghanistan. Other than saying the […]

Cannon pilots set to fly unmanned aircraft

Courtesy Photo An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The MQ-1’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. By Karl Terry: Cannon Connections Pilots at Cannon Air Force Base eventually may fly missions in faraway lands without ever leaving eastern New Mexico. The main […]

Animal instincts

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A female spider monkey balances on a tree limb Thursday while playing in her cage at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The limb was introduced as part of the zoo’s enrichment program, which zookeeper Mark Yanotti says helps keep the animals lively and healthy. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Once a […]

AFSOC aircraft, part one

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Courtesy photo: www.afsoc.af.mil CV-22 Osprey The 27th Special Operations Wing will assume ownership of Cannon Air Force Base on Monday. By 2011, four types of aircraft will be assigned to Cannon. CV-22 Osprey Produced to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for Special Ops, the CV-22 Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical […]

Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

Predator supports special ops forces

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Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is a system composed of four aircraft, a ground control station, a satellite link and personnel. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it […]

Tour of Nevada, Colorado air bases shows big picture

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Juan Garza, Clovis businessman and city commissioner, tries out a minigun, which rapid-fires six bullets at once, on a Pavehawk helicopter Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. Courtesy photo: Ernie Kos. Ray Sullivan: CNJ publisher For two days last week, 25 civilians from this area were given a whirlwind glimpse of […]