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  • Laughlin Heritage Corner: October

    October brings cooler weather, Halloween, and a number of historical anniversaries and remembrances to Laughlin AFB!First, this year is the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force’s decision to retire the F-111 Aardvark.

  • Laughlin pilots honor families of CBP lost to COVID-19 with flag flight

    First Lt. April Wilcox, 85th Flying Training Squadron executive officer, Maj. Camber Governski, 96th FTS T-6A Texan II chief pilot, and 1st Lt. Will Friedman 85th FTS A-flight scheduler, pose in front of a T-6 on Aug. 14, 2020 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, with the flags they are to fly for the

  • Laughlin Heritage Corner: August

    This August we remember two major historical anniversaries.First, this month marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The war, which had ended in Europe with the defeat of Nazi Germany back in May, finally concluded in the Pacific after the U.S.A. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and

  • 47 FTW introduces the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association award

    The Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association Award was presented for the first time at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, to 2nd Lt. Joshua Radjenovich a student pilot in Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-08, Feb. 28, 2020.After a highly competitive 52-week class in SUPT, the

  • The Laughlin Heritage Corner with the 47 FTW Historian

    Here at Laughlin, we started training pilots for the first time in February 1943. We had spent all summer and fall in 1942 constructing and preparing the base for occupation, and it was finally time to fly. These first classes were small and had irregular start dates, but this was the very beginning

  • Laughlin to host 2020 Fiesta of Flight Air and Space Expo

    As a “thank you” for the outstanding support from Del Rio and the surrounding community, Laughlin Air Force Base will host an open house and air show, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The one day event will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team.

  • Airman Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler

    Airman 1st Class Vernell Butler, 47th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, said February, recognized as African American Heritage Month, gives him a chance to reflect on his heritage and be proud of the progress America has made.

  • Phoenix wings: Tradition carries on through third aviator

    The World War II era conjures visions of monochromatic film flickering in sync with the distinctive pop of a reel-to-reel projector, coupled with a monotone voice-over description of planes roaring overhead, gunfire whizzing back and forth and explosions dealing real death and destruction. Those