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  • Fairchild's KC-135 saves lives in Aeromedical evacuation mission

    While the KC-135 Stratotanker was originally designed to extend the length of other aircrafts' flight times, aircrews at Fairchild are also using the airplane for a completely different mission - to extend medical care to critically injured patients. Tanker aircraft began augmenting the Air Force's aeromedical evacuation mission in 2003,
  • Visitors flock to Fairchild for Skyfest

    A record-breaking crowd estimated at 125,000 visitors turned out this weekend for Skyfest 2006, the base's air show and open house. Eclipsing the previous record of 123,000 set in 2004, this year's Skyfest featured Airmen from all professions from Team Fairchild representing the Air Force and its expeditionary nature. Outfitted in the desert
  • Washington Air National Guard joins Operation Jump Start

    The 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard, deployed a small portable expeditionary aeromedical rapid response package for Operation Jump Start July 31. Operation Jump Start is the National Guard' s mission supporting Customs and Border Patrol to secure the U.S. border with Mexico.A KC-135 loaded with pallets of medical equipment
  • Base unveils ‘City of Spokane’

    The latest incarnation of the "City of Spokane," a KC-135 with tail number 58-0092, was unveiled near base operations here before an audience that included Spokane, Wash., Mayor Dennis Hession, local government and business leaders, Fairchild honorary commanders and Eagles, July 26. "The new City of Spokane has as proud a heritage as the Team
  • CV-22 Osprey, Thunderbirds slated for Skyfest

    Skyfest 2006, Fairchild’s air show and open house, is fast approaching. There will be a static display of a CV-22 Osprey from Kirtland Air Force Base, which will be its first off-post airshow display since becoming operational. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premier flight demonstration team, is scheduled to be the main
  • Independence Day firework safety made easy

    Fireworks and celebrating the 230th anniversary of our nation go hand in hand as described in the national anthem "rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" and is something all Americans are proud of and proud to celebrate. Unfortunately, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while
  • Former 15AF commander discusses tanker future

    "No matter what we do, we're going to be flying 80-year-old KC-135s in the U.S. Air Force," said retired Lt. Gen. John B. Sams Jr., at the June 22 Inland Northwest Airlift/Tanker Association chapter luncheon at Club Fairchild. "We'll never be able to procure the next tanker at a rate sufficient that we can avoid an 80-year-old airplane." When
  • Total Force integration a reality at Fairchild

    Since the Nixon administration first directed that Reserve and Active forces would work together as a "Total Force" military leaders have been working to define how best to achieve that goal. Originally it meant that reserve forces would get the same quality equipment and training as their active counterparts. Reserves were expected to step in when
  • Firefighter saves life

    A fire extinguisher maintenance technician with the Fairchild Fire Department here administered CPR to a heart-attack victim at City Hall Monday morning while making a routine delivery, saving the person's life. Michael Satola, a civilian employee at Fairchild, is also a master sergeant Reservist attached to Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He, along