News Search


  • Tinker History: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog aircraft profile

    The Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” was a relatively simple, strut-braced, high-wing, single-engine aircraft mainly used by American forces in the observation and Forward Air Control mission. Bird Dog’s contributed significantly to the FAC and personnel rescue missions during the Vietnam War. The L-19 was a

  • Officials hold ceremony to bury Tinker Time Capsule

    On an unusually warm Nov. 17, Team Tinker senior and civic leaders, airmen and civilians attended the burial ceremony of a time capsule to be opened in 2092 at Maj. Charles B. Hall Memorial Airpark.Col. Kenyon Bell, 72nd Air Base Wing commander, described the many commemorative special events that

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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