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  • 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 version of Cessna’s popular Model 170 (C-170) with
  • 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 have marked Tinker Air Force Base’s 75th
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
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