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June 28, 2013

This week in history: June 28

First air-to-air refueling

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Today, air-to-air refueling is a daily occurrence across the U.S. Air Force. But it was not always so. Ninety years ago this week, two Airmen successfully completed the first air-to-air refueling. On June 27, 1923, Lts. Lowell Smith and John Richter made the Army Air Service’s first complete hose refueling between two Airco DH-4B biplanes over San Diego. Two months later they set another record by flying 37 hours and refueling the aircraft nine times. Five years later the famous Question Mark, a modified Atlantic-Fokker C-2A flown by aviators to experiment with aerial refueling, shattered numerous refueling records by staying airborne for 150 hours, 40 minutes and 14 seconds. After that, air-to-air refueling fell into disuse until after 1950, but that is another story.




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Airman leaves AF to pursue college B-ball career

Courtesy Photo Senior Airman Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, shoots a jump shot during a game against the 56th Security Forces Squadron at the Bryant Fitness Center. Paul is finishing out his Air Force commitme...
 
 
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Airmen shave heads for pilot’s son battling cancer

Senior Airman David Owsianka Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron recently shaved their heads to support a deceased officer’s son who is battling with cancer. Second Lt. Dave Mitchell, former 62nd FS pilot, lost his life dur...
 
 

Three steps to avoid ‘toxic leadership’

Toxic leadership. Sadly, this term has recently become vogue in the lexicon of the Defense Department to describe leaders possessing unfavorable leadership characteristics and whose actions eventually rot an organization from the inside out. Examples of these leaders drape across the weekly headlines and sound bites of newspapers, radio and television. “Leaders” who become drunk...
 

 

Personal improvement, goal setting all part of leadership

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Instructor pilot selected as Olmsted scholar

Courtesy photo Capt. Daniel Wynn, 56th Operations Support Squadron operations flight commander, prepares to refuel in an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a combat mission over Afghanistan in August 2011. For many U.S. military membe...
 
 

News Briefs April 11, 2013

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct a natural disaster exercise today, which will include military, local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. Those traveling on base should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruptions of customer service operations. Expect to see simulated explosions, smoke, role players depicting individuals with...
 




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