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The North American B-45A Tornado shown during an early test flight from Muroc Dry Lake in California. B-45A model can be distinguished by the two-place cockpit under one single Plexiglas canopy. TINKER HISTORY: North American B-45 aircraft
The North American B-45 “Tornado” was a four-engine, light bomber produced almost immediately after World War II. The aircraft was the first all-jet bomber built for the newly established United States Air Force and proved to be a transitional aircraft built in low numbers and with relatively little operational success.  The Tornado had a crew of
0 11/07
2017
Members of the 507th Tactical Fighter Group pose for a unit photo in front of the F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II during the unit conversion at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. In 1980, the 507th TFG Okies were re-equipped with the McDonnell Douglas “Mig Killer” F-4D fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Photo) Once an Okie, always an Okie: The History of Reserve Airmen at Tinker
U.S. Air Force Reserve units served here dating back to June 1946, when they were still part of the Army Air Forces. Since that time, Air Force Reserve units on base have flown bombers, trainers, transports, fighters and now command and control and aerial refueling aircraft.
0 11/04
2017
The Spirit of Oklahoma City was the first C-141 at Tinker Air Force Base. Thousands were on hand Oct. 19, 1964, to witness the turnover of the first C-141A all-cargo jet plane to the U.S. Air Force. Looking back: Thousands on hand to witness turnover of ‘Starlifter’ to USAF
On Oct. 19, 1964, some 3,000 people were on hand at Tinker Air Force Base to witness the turnover of the first C-141A all-cargo jet plane to the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft was being assigned to Tinker because it was the home station of the 1707th Air Transport Wing. The 1707th was the Military Air Transport Service unit that would train all crew
0 10/27
2017
General Dynamics AGM-129 Advance Cruise Missile on display with wings out as if in-flight in the Charles B. Hall Memorial Air Park on Feb. 16, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Tinker AFB maintains not only aircraft, but also cruise missiles and their components. Missile profile: Raytheon AGM-129A “ACM” missile
The Convair/General Dynamics/Raytheon AGM-129A Advanced Cruise Missile was an air-launched, high-subsonic-capable missile developed for employment with Air Force manned bomber programs. The ACM was designed to supplement AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles already in use and first flew in 1985. Initial deliveries to Air Force stocks took place by
0 10/16
2017
Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors to kick off the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. Tinker celebrates Air Force's 70th birthday at 2017 Air Force Ball
Tinker Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors to kick off the Air Force Ball on Sept. 16, 2017. The event celebrated both the 70th birthday of the Air Force and the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by Kimberly Woodruff)
0 9/20
2017
The J57 engine line at Tinker Air Force Base in 1969. TINKER HISTORY: Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet engine profile
Pratt & Whitney’s J57 engine is a twin-spool, axial flow turbojet engine with standard and afterburning configuration. The J57 was the first turbojet design for the company and represented a technological leap in the field of jet engine design which was well received and truly revolutionized air travel when introduced in the early 1950s. In fact,
0 8/28
2017
Manny Sandoval, with the A VQ-7 Rough Necks, sets his sights on the ball Aug. 8 as his team battled back through the losers bracket to win the 2017 Rec League softball championship on base. Softball fields to get upgrades
The base’s softball diamonds are getting a ton of work done – as in 75 tons of sand for one field alone.The approximately $16,000 project will improve all four softball fields north of the dorms, fitness coordinator Ira Anderson said. They include the most used fields, Champ and Field 1, along with Fields 2 and 3 to the east of them.“Each infield
0 8/14
2017
An all-black P-61A Black Widow captured in-flight shows the design features of the aircraft type during service with the Army Air Corps. Northrop P-61 Black Widow aircraft profile
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow was the first American aircraft specifically designed as a night-fighter optimized to use on-board radar systems to detect enemy aircraft for engagement. The aircraft sat on robust, retractable tricycle landing gear and featured a single main wing, which met the fuselage half-way up. One engine was placed on each side
0 8/14
2017
Tinker’s Iszard Memorial Pool was named for Chief Master Sgt. Edward J. Iszard, who served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Equal Opportunity and Treatment Office at Tinker Air Force Base. (Air Force photo by April McDonald) Tinker History: Iszard Memorial Pool
Editor’s note: As part of Tinker’s year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, the Tinker Take Off will focus on some notable people whose legacy lives on at Tinker.Iszard Memorial Pool was named for Chief Master Sgt. Edward J. Iszard, who served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Equal Opportunity and Treatment Office at
0 7/21
2017
F-105 midair refueling (Courtesy photo) TINKER HISTORY: Republic F-105 Thunderchief aircraft
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a heavy fighter/bomber which was a workhorse of the Vietnam War. The single-engine “Thud,” as it was known, sat on tricycle landing gear with a standard tail configuration and highly-swept wing with mid-fuselage intersection. Dual air-inlets, one on each side of the fuselage, fed the Pratt & Whitney J75 engine on
0 7/21
2017
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