U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William Holt, special assistant to the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, taxis a U-28A Draco down the Hurlburt Field flightline during his “Fini” flight at Hurlburt Field, Florida, July 19, 2019. Holt has flown the U-28A for 12 years and has accrued approximately 700 flight hours in his 28 years of service in Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Spain)

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Lt. Col. David Newman, 919th Special Operations Wing pilot, looks out over the Gowen Field flightline while performing flight checks on MC-130E Combat Talon #567 prior to its final departure May 7. 919th aircrew members came up to bring 567 back to its final resting place – the Air Force Special Operations Command airpark at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Of the flight, the colonel said, “It was a bittersweet flight. It was an honor flying the last mission of a MC-130E Combat Talon, but somber starting the process that signals the end of the most capable all weather infiltration/exfiltration airframe in AFSOC's inventory.” 919th maintainers were also sent to Gowen Field to prepare four Talons to take off for one more mission – a flight into retirement and decommissioning. Three of the Talons flew to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

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