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  • Wing Makes History with first “State Of Laughlin” address

    For the first time ever the 47th Flying Training Wing commander, Col. Craig Prather gave an address to local leaders in the community about where the installation is and where it plans to progress in the coming years.
  • Laughlin performs at Wings Over South Texas Air Show

    A six-ship dissimilar formation consisting of two T-1A Jayhawks, two T-38 Talons, and two T-6A Texan II aircrafts from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, practice advanced maneuvering May, 2, 2021. Instructor pilots from the 434th, 87th and 85th Flying Training Squadrons demonstrated the flying proficiency all Air Force student pilots receive during
  • Taking Family on the Flight Line to a New Level

    The T-6 Texan II launches more than 150 times per day at Laughlin, but Tuesday’s launch was pretty special, as more than 25 maintainers stopped what they were doing to watch a lieutenant take to the skies in a military aircraft for the first time. Tuesday morning, 2nd Lt. Mark Gonzalez, a student pilot and Del Rio native, completed his dollar ride. A dollar ride is the first ride in a military aircraft a student pilot takes when beginning Undergraduate Student Pilot Training. Gonzalez completed his first flight with Maj. Jesus Beltran, a Laughlin instructor pilot and fellow Del Rio native. The tandem’s crew chief was Benjamin Gonzalez, a T-6 Phase Dock Supervisor in the 47th Maintenance Directorate and Mark’s own father at home.
  • SUPT Class 21-08 set to graduate

    Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training class 21-08 graduated after 52 weeks of training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Apr. 16, 2021. Laughlin is home of the 47th Flying Training Wing, whose mission is to build combat-ready Airmen, leaders and pilots. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class David Phaff)
  • XLer of the week: Ms. Brittany Molzon

    Brittany Molzon, 47th Maintenance Directorate power support systems work leader, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer of the Week”, the week of Apr. 16, 2021, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, 47th Operations Group
  • Laughlin Heritage Corner with the 47 FTW Historian

    April is often considered a month connected to rebirth and change, and for Laughlin Air Force Base, that certainly holds true. Throughout the base’s history, April has ushered in multiple major mission-impacting reorganizational events and even has forced Laughlin to contend with something else April is known for—its weather. 01 April 1957: Air Training Command (ATC) deactivated Laughlin’s main tenant unit, the 3645th Flying Training Wing, Fighter. Control of the base transferred to Strategic Air Command. At this point, the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Light, and its U-2s and RB-57s began moving to LAFB from Turner AFB, GA to take advantage of the area’s remoteness and almost perfect year-round flying weather. Just four years later though, on 01 April 1961, command jurisdiction of the base transferred back to ATC.  
  • Student pilot competes for pilot wings, pageant crown

    Second Lt. Sarena Shilts is competing for two accolades this year: her silver pilot wings, and the Miss Texas USA crown. "I'm attracted to pageantry for similar reasons I'm attracted to being an Air Force pilot," Shilts said. "The two worlds seem to contradict, but there are actually many parallels between the two. Physical training, communication skills, leadership experience.”
  • Laughlin's 47th Student Squadron serves Del Rio in STUS Serve Day

    First Lt. Ryan Connors, 47th Student Squadron student pilot assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, scans the scenic San Felipe Creek for debris to clear during STUS Serve Day on April 10, 2021, in Del Rio. More than 500 volunteers from base focused on revitalizing the San Felipe Amphitheater, Rubin Chavira Elementary School, Bobby Barrera
  • Eight U.S. Congressmen experience Laughlin's mission

    Col. Craig Prather briefs eight Congressmen about the mission here as they ride accross base on April 8, 2021 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. U.S. Representatives Tony Gonzales, Jim Banks, Kelly Armstrong, Kevin Ray Hern, Ashley Hinson, Chris Jacobs, Victoria Spartz and Lloyd Smucker visited the base and local area to gather information
  • The Werner Family: serving together while apart

    One of the biggest challenges that uniformed service members from any branch have to face is the separation from loved ones. We’ve all had those moments where we had to be away from friends and family for extended amounts of time. Imagine being stationed away from your loved ones, and coming back from a deployment only to see your spouse deployed only weeks after your return. Abby Bailey wanted a challenge out of life. Something she could leave a mark on and be proud of while being a part of something that was more than just working a regular 9 to 5 job. The Air Force is a place where she can have that opportunity. Working as an air traffic controller, she finds it's both challenging and rewarding.
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