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Combat Talons fly for last time

MC-130E Combat Talon Is roll down the taxiway at Duke Field April 15 for their final sorties before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th Special Operations Wing and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
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Posted: 11/4/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

MC-130E Combat Talon Is taxi back in to Duke Field April 15 after their final sorties before they are officially retired. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th Special Operations Wing and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

Chief Master Sgt. Tom Mason, the 919th Special Operations Wing command chief, enjoys his final ride back to base as an MC-130E Combat Talon I loadmaster after completing his and the aircraft’s last sortie. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

A loadmaster with the 919th Special Operations Wing admires his aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15 during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

Aircrew from the 919th Special Operations Wing admire their aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15 during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

Members of the 919th Special Operations Wing watch the MC-130E Combat Talon I in flight April 15 during the aircraft’s final sortie before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

A two-ship of MC-130E Combat Talon Is fly over the Eglin Air Force Base range April 15 on their final sortie before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th Special Operations Wing and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

Newly retired Col. (Dr.) Ed Seeliger, the former 919th Medical Squadron commander, checks out the view from an MC-130E Combat Talon I during its final sortie before its retired as well. Seeliger spent 30 years in the Air Force Reserve, all at Duke Field. C-130s have been a part of Duke Field for more than 40 years. The last five Talons in the Air Force are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talons fly for last time

MC-130E Combat Talon Is roll down the taxiway at Duke Field April 15 for their final sorties before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th Special Operations Wing and are scheduled to be retired at a ceremony April 25. They will make one final flight to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., by the end of the fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/18/2013

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Combat Talon I

An MC-130E Combat Talon I sits on the flightline prior to a sortie at Duke Field, Fla. There are only five Talons left at the special operations reserve base. The 919th has begun remissioning to the Aviation Foreign Internal Defense aircraft, the C-145 Skytruck. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 3/2/2013

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Rearview

A 919th Special Operations Wing MC-130E Combat Talon I sits on the Duke Field flightline before its next mission. The 919th are the only wing in the Air Force that still flies the Talon I. Over the next several years, the Talons will be phased out of the 919th as it moves to an Aviation Foreign Internal Defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 8/20/2012

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Talon loadmasters

919th Special Operations Wing loadmasters attempt to lower the load bay door on an MC-130E Combat Talon I during an aerial drop mission from Duke Field, Fla. The 919th are the only wing in the Air Force still flying the Talon I. Over the next two years, the Talons will be phased out of the 919th as it moves to an Aviation Foreign Internal Defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 7/27/2012

Release!Release!
Release!

Staff Sgt. Donald McNaron, a loadmaster with the 919th Special Operations Wing, executes an airdrop during an MC-130E Combat Talon I mission from Duke Field, Fla. The 919th are the only wing in the Air Force still flying the Talon I. Over the next two years, the Talons will be phased out of the 919th as it moves to an Aviation Foreign Internal Defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 7/27/2012

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Talon loadmaster

Staff Sgt. Donald McNaron, a loadmaster with the 919th Special Operations Wing, watches the engines begin to start before an MC-130E Combat Talon I mission at Duke Field, Fla. The 919th are the only wing in the Air Force still flying the Talon I. Over the next two years, the Talons will be phased out of the 919th as it moves to an Aviation Foreign Internal Defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 7/27/2012

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Final flight

Aircraft 64-0523“Godfather” lifts off for its final flight June 22 at Duke Field, Fla. The final flight will land at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., where 0523 will become a static display at the base’s airpark. The aircraft has the distinction of leading the Air Force’s assault force during the Son Tay Raid to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Final flight

Master Sgt. Kent Castro, of the 919th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals out Aircraft 64-0523 “Godfather” to its final flight June 22 at Duke Field, Fla. The final flight landed at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., where 0523 is scheduled to be a static display at the base’s airpark. The aircraft has the distinction of leading the Air Force’s assault force during the Son Tay Raid to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Farewell flight

Master Sgt. Kent Castro, of the 919th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, waits to begin marshalling out the MC-130E Combat Talon I, 64-0523“Godfather” to its final flight June 22 at Duke Field, Fla. The final flight landed at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., where 0523 will become a static display at the base’s airpark. The aircraft has the distinction of leading the Air Force’s assault force during the Son Tay Raid to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Farewell flight

Lt. Col. Tom Miller, of the 919th Special Operations Wing, executes his preflight checks before piloting the MC-130E Combat Talon I, 64-0523 “Godfather” on its final flight June 22 at Duke Field, Fla. The final flight landed at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., where 0523 is scheduled to be a static display at the base’s airpark. The aircraft has the distinction of leading the Air Force’s assault force during the Son Tay Raid to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Godfather

Aircraft 64-0523’s name plate shows the aircraft’s nickname and the current crew chief. The aircraft never officially had a nickname until it was given the name “Godfather” by Rick Andreozzi, who was its first crew chief when it arrived to Duke Field in 2000. 0523 lead the Air Force’s assault force during the Son Tay Raid to rescue prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Dark Lady

Aircraft 64-0559, a MC-130E Combat Talon I, stands at the ready on the Duke Field flightline. Aircraft 0559 is one of the four Talons scheduled to be retired by the end of fiscal year 2012 as part of the 919th Special Operations Wing’s remissioning. Eventually, all of the Talons will disappear from the Duke flightline to be replaced by an aviation foreign internal defense aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Dark Lady

A MC-130E Combat Talon I awaits its next mission on the Duke Field flightline. Four of Duke’s nine Talons will be retired by the end of fiscal year 2012. Eventually, all of the Talons will disappear from the 919th Special Operations Wing flightline to be replaced by an aviation foreign internal defense aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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The Grey Ladies

A row of four MC-130E Combat Talon Is stand at the ready on the Duke Field flightline. Four of Duke’s nine Talons, including Aircraft 64-0559 (pictured) will be retired by the end of fiscal year 2012. Eventually, all of the Talons will disappear from the 919th Special Operations Wing flightline to be replaced by an aviation foreign internal defense aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 6/25/2012

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Tail flash

The sun shines off the tail of 64-0559, an MC-130E Combat Talon I on the Duke Field flightline. 0559 is just one of four aircraft scheduled to be retired by the end of fiscal year 2012 as part of the 919th Special Operations Wing’s remissioning. Eventually, all of the Talons will disappear from the Duke flightline and will be replaced by an aviation foreign internal defense aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 2/29/2012

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Pass over

A UH-1 passes over the MC-130E Combat Talon Is of the 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla. Currently, the 919th SOW has nine Talons on its flightline. Four of Duke’s Talons are scheduled to retire by fiscal year 2012 as part of the wing’s remissioning. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
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Posted: 4/23/2012

    

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