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87th FTS 87 FTS: 100 years in the making
One of the oldest squadrons in the Air Force celebrates its centennial
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2017
F-86D Dog Sabre 87th FTS celebrates 100 years of excellence
One of the U.S. Air Force’s oldest flying squadrons celebrates its 100th anniversary at Laughlin Air Force Base, Aug. 18, 2017.
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2017
The main gate of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, in 1957. (Courtesy photo) Laughlin takes part in the celebration of AETC’s 75 years
Laughlin’s role in the Air Force and Air Education and Training Command has been one of adventure and rich history, going back to its establishment in March 3, 1943.
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2017
The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds practice their performance over Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, for the "Wings Over the Pacific" open house Sept. 18, 2009. The Thunderbirds demonstrate the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon by performing combat maneuvers during their aerial demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares) 2018 Open House announced
As a thank you for the outstanding support of Del Rio and the surrounding community, Laughlin Air Force Base is hosting an open house May 12, 2018.
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2017
An airman looks through the names of the 22 instructor pilots from the 3645th Pilot Training Squadron, whom were killed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, carved on a memorial at Ribas-Dominicci Circle at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 8, 2013. A memorial dedication ceremony is scheduled for May 31, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John D. Partlow) Honored in stone
Carved into stone are the names of 22 individuals. Each was a pilot who served their country in the skies over Southeast Asia, and each paid the ultimate price, but another fact unites them: they were all instructor pilots here at Laughlin.The Laughlin Heritage Foundation in Del Rio, Texas, and Laughlin have spent almost two years crafting a
0 5/13
2013
4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Memories of the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Laughlin
The year was 1957, and a young company grade officer, Lieutenant Buck A. Young, was setting up residence in the mobile home park across Highway 90 from Laughlin Air Force Base, when he was suddenly ordered to come off leave to attend the Base Commander's staff meeting. In his memoirs, he recounts how officials at Laughlin that year were speeding up
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2013
Retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Prather thanks attendees after learning that the street Freedom Way was renamed to Prather Street in his honor at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 7, 2012. Prather is one of 77 people to have a street or building named after them while still alive in the Air Force’s 64 year history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Saldukas) Maj. Gen. Prather honored with street renaming
Laughlin pays tribute to a former Team XL member by renaming a street in his honor during a retreat ceremony held at Laughlin's Heritage Park Sept. 7.The street, formally known as Freedom Way, was changed to Prather Street in reference to retired Maj. Gen. Gerald Prather for his dedication to Laughlin and the Del Rio community."As we look back over
0 9/08
2012
Default Air Force Logo 434th Fighter Training Squadron re-designated
In a rare ceremony full of history and rich military tradition, Laughlin's 84th flying training squadron was inactivated on Aug. 24, and the 434th FTS was re-designated in its place.The move resulted from a reorganization of the Air Force's Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals course. After steps were taken to consolidate the IFF course at Randolph
0 8/29
2012
Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart, Air Force Personnel Center commander, Col. Tom Murphy, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and the fourth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Thomas Barnes’ daughters  Hazel Lamb, Theresa Neal and Thyra Barnes, unveil the renamed Barnes Street at the Second Street renaming ceremony held at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, June 25,2012. The ceremony was held in honor of Chief Barnes’ past service as command chief at Laughlin and his appointment in 1973 as the first and only African American to serve in the highest enlisted position within the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan Maysonet) Daughters remember first African American senior enlisted advisor
Laughlin and members of the local community joined together in celebrating the achievements of the fourth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Thomas Barnes in a ceremony renaming Second Street here in his honor June 25.Presiding over the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Alfred Stewart, Air Force Personnel Center commander, and attending the ceremony as guests
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2012
Maintainers from the 47th Maintenance Directorate’s Corrosion Control section begin to strip the paint from a T-33 Shooting Star jet trainer on display before applying primer at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 1, 2012. The corrosion control section sets aside a month each year to clean and repair the 11 static aircraft that populate Laughlin’s landscape. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan Maysonet) 47th MX: Gives an old bird a lift
Since the founding of Laughlin in the midst of World War II, numerous aircraft have taken flight from the base's flight line. Over the years, more than 15,000 pilots have trained here. Now, resting on display for those who live and work here are the static images representing the birds and pilots that once soared through Laughlin's sky. Over the
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2012
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