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  • Enlisted aircrew members make move to pilot seat

    From the backseat to the front and from stripes to bars and beyond.  That’s the dual Air Force path a few 919th Special Operations Wing officers took to achieve their life-long goal of flight. For former loadmasters, Lt. Col. Michael Black, Capts Kris Williams and Patrick Taylor, 919th Special Operations Group, each Airman’s path to the pilot seat
  • Skytruck ops

  • Gone chuting

    A parachuted bundle soars out of the back of a C-145 Skytruck during an airdrop mission over the Eglin Air Force Base range. New and prior-qualified loadmasters release sandbags and 300-pound boxes from the 919th Special Operations Wing aircraft to as part of their initial airdrop or proficiency training. The 919th Special Operations Logistics
  • Touch & go

    A loadmaster performs preflight checks on a C-145 Skytruck prior to an airdrop mission at Duke Field, Fla. The Skytrucks are primarily used for new aircrew qualifications and flight proficiency missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
  • Maintainers keep fleet flying

    Airmen perform maintenance on the fuel systems of a C-145 Skytruck in a hangar at Duke Field Fla., Feb. 25. The Airmen are part of the fuel systems shop within the 919th Special Operations Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
  • Lightning overhead

    An F-35 Lightning II performs a fly by to the runway as a C-145 Skytruck waits for its next mission Jan. 5 at Duke Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)
  • Duke Field's special operations aircraft

    A C-146 Wolfhound passes a C-145 Skytruck while flying over the Duke Field runway Oct. 21. The Air Force Special Operations Wing aircraft are used specifically in the training and operation of the 919th Special Operations Wing’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King)
  • An SO stowaway

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