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Old 08-31-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Interesting article from Air and Space Mag

This has a tie-in to the Broncos

Thanks to all those who fly or support flight ops as well as those in harms way over seas.

http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-to...the-Guard.html

The Changing of the Guard

Football season at Denver’s Mile High Stadium began as it always does: loudly. As fireworks burst overhead, four F-16Cs cut through the sky in tight formation. To the flight lead, Major Bill Orton of the 120th Fighter Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, the mission was routine. He and his wingmen landed at the base, then drove to the stadium for the half-time show. The flight, however, would go down as one of Orton’s most memorable—that Giants-Broncos game took place on September 10, 2001, the end of an era for Orton, his squadron, and other squadrons like his across the United States.

The 120th, which 10 years later still flies the same Block 30 F-16Cs, is not an Air Force squadron but an Air National Guard squadron, one of dozens based throughout the country, and one of just 23 that still fly the Fighting Falcon, or “Viper.”

Each day, members of the 120th carry out the Aerospace Control Alert, or ACA, mission, a national security task performed almost exclusively by Guard units. In addition, Guard units also train for and fly combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are deployed every 18 to 24 months.


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In other news, Joe Mays has achieved anti-gravity.
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I found it odd that one of the dudes flying over Denver on 9/11 was named Orton.

There also was a statement by a dude named Tim Conklin, I wonder if he is related to Casey in some way?
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I found it odd that one of the dudes flying over Denver on 9/11 was named Orton.

There also was a statement by a dude named Tim Conklin, I wonder if he is related to Casey in some way?
nope...I'm the smartest conklin in my family and i can't fly a kite, yet alone a plane

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Old 08-31-2011, 07:45 PM   #5
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Mcgruber would have been all over this like a 2 dollar hooker.
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