Local

May 22, 2014

D-M helps maintain a Flying Fortress

Tags:
Senior Airman Sivan Veazie
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Angel Thunder Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie
Volunteers pose for a group photo after cleaning a B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft at the 390th Memorial Museum in Tucson on May 10. More than 10 Airmen from D-M volunteered to help clean and polish the B-17 Flying Fortress.

More than 10 Airmen from D-M volunteered to clean and learn about different World War II aircraft, such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, May 11.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft, which was developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances. The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets.

“Today, we are fortunate to have young Airmen from D-M to come out and help us make the B-17 look nice,” said Walters Scales, 390th Memorial Museum executive director. “Plus it gives the Airmen a chance to look around the museum to get a better understanding about this aircraft and its role in World War II.”

Most of the Airmen who volunteered were experienced A-10 Thunderbolt mechanics.

“Most of these Airmen deal with A-10s all day,” said Matthew Kilgore, 358th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief. “Hopefully, this will inspire them to take more pride in their day-to-day work. This was a chance for some of the maintainers to learn about the heritage and experience the B-17 for themselves.”

The Airmen learned a lot about the heritage of the B-17 and other WWII aircraft and received a new found appreciation for the maintainers who came before them.

“I have never seen a B-17 before, so to be inside one was pretty cool,” said Airman 1st Class Yevgeniy Sokolov, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief. “Old museums like this (usually) have volunteers who are veterans and it feels good to give back and help take some stress from them.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

AFSOUTH Liaison Officers: Embarking on a journey toward a promising future

Colonel Alex Voigt has only been serving as the Air Forces Southern Chilean Liaison Officer at Davis-Monthan for a couple of months, but with a history of Chilean LNOs reaching the rank of general and one even going on to serve...
 
 

D-M commander mixes it up with ‘The Morning Blend’

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Col. James P. Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., talks with TV hosts, Tina Jennings and Maria Parmigiani, during a live recording of “The Morning Blend” at KGUN9 Studio, Tucson, Nov. 24. Meger went on the show to...
 
 

Let’s talk turkey: Prepare the perfect bird this holiday season

Whether having a big group over to share the Thanksgiving festivities or it’s just you and the Family, the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. Guests will graze around the appetizer table careful not to fill their bellies in anticipation of the plump, juicy turkey and all the fixin’s. Most people aren’t world-renowned...
 

 
DoD

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Nov. 21. According to a Defense Department news release, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DOD’s financial management regulation will prohibit service...
 
 

Officials highlight health, wellness resources for Military Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 – As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams, Marine Corps...
 
 

Thanksgiving and our Native Americans

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — On the fourth Thursday of every November, we as Americans celebrate the national holiday Thanksgiving. This day focuses on honoring the early settlers, and their harvest feast, which we know to be the “First Thanksgiving.” However, long before settlers came to the United States’ East Coast, the area was inhabited by...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin