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Monday, May 4, 2009

Red Tail F-16 over Washintgon

If you saw the Air Force One scare over Manhattan, you might be interested to know that one of its fighter jet escorts was the Red Tail F-16 from the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field.

The Alabama Air National Guard jet was used in the mission, but the Pentagon says it was piloted by a DC Guard pilot.

Rumors have been circulating the blogosphere that the mission was in fact a photo op for the movie on the Tuskegee Airmen that George Lucas is currently producing.

But, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis says that is just that -- rumor. He would not, however, provide any specifics as to the purpose of the flyover or potential uses of the photos.

While doing an unrelated story on the 187th last month, I had been told that the Red Tail was traveling to Washington for a photo op with Air Force One, but no one's saying why.

If I find additional details, I will post them here.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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