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Scenes from Combat Talon retirement

Two of the last five MC-130E Combat Talon Is sit on the Duke Field flightline adorned with American flags for the aircraft’s retirement ceremony April 25.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Two of the last five MC-130E Combat Talon Is sit on the Duke Field flightline adorned with American flags for the aircraft’s retirement ceremony April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The “Skyhook” Fulton Surface to Air Recovery System, a device attached to the aircraft used to lift people off the ground, was among the artifacts and displays at the MC-130E Combat Talon I retirement ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The “Skyhook” Fulton Surface to Air Recovery System, a device attached to the aircraft used to lift people off the ground, was among the artifacts and displays at the MC-130E Combat Talon I retirement ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Aircrew from the 711th Special Operations Squadron take one last look at the MC-130E Combat Talon I before the aircraft’s retirement ceremony begins April 25 at Duke Field, Fla.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Aircrew from the 711th Special Operations Squadron take one last look at the MC-130E Combat Talon I before the aircraft’s retirement ceremony begins April 25 at Duke Field, Fla. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The Eglin Honor Guard brings in the colors in the shadow of an MC-130E Combat Talon I during its retirement ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., April 25.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The Eglin Honor Guard brings in the colors in the shadow of an MC-130E Combat Talon I during its retirement ceremony at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Aircraft 64-0565 served as the backdrop of the MC-130E Combat Talon I retirement ceremony at Duke Field Fla., April 25.  The Talon served as the lead aircraft in 1980’s Operation Eagle Claw, the attempted mission to rescue hostages in Iran.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Aircraft 64-0565 served as the backdrop of the MC-130E Combat Talon I retirement ceremony at Duke Field Fla., April 25. The Talon served as the lead aircraft in 1980’s Operation Eagle Claw, the attempted mission to rescue hostages in Iran. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen and civilians check out the displays prior to the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen and civilians check out the displays prior to the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The Eglin Honor Guard waits to bring in the colors at the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

The Eglin Honor Guard waits to bring in the colors at the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen and civilians check out the displays prior to the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25.  Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force.  The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen and civilians check out the displays prior to the retirement ceremony for the MC-130E Combat Talon I at Duke Field, Fla., April 25. Aircrew, maintainers and many others turned out to remember and bid farewell to the Talon I on its official retirement from the Air Force. The last five Talons, located at Duke Field, will be delivered to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, N.M., by mid-May 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)