Jet crash near Roswell (Updated)

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A military fighter plane crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico after the pilot ejected safely, Air Force officials said. The QF-4 Phantom from Holloman Air Force Base crashed southwest of Roswell in grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres. No structures were threatened, […]

Portales past: Dec. 4, 1956

Dec. 4, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Two strange explosions over Portales in recent days were likely “sonic booms” resulting from jet aircraft cracking the sound barrier.

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Sumner Lake site of search

Freedom New Mexico Divers were searching Sumner Lake in De Baca County on Monday for the body of a man they believe drowned Sunday while jet skiing, according to a New Mexico State Police spokesperson. Sgt. Andy Tingwell said witnesses told police a man appeared to be having trouble with his jet ski around midday […]

October 21, 1988

• An F-111 D Fighter jet from the 524th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, crashed approximately two miles north from the Roosevelt/Curry line and one and one-half miles west of the CAFB road. The crew ejected from the jet safely and were taken to the base for treatment. • ”Clean and Sober” […]

Pelosi should take commercial flights

Editorial There were two tell-tale signs that becoming speaker of the House had gone to the head of Newt Gingrich, the history professor-turned-politician who masterminded the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994. The first was when he asked The Smithsonian to lend him the skull of a tyrannosaurus rex, for display in his office. The […]

F-16 pilot still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Cannon called ideal for Joint Striker Fighter jet

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC Commissioner […]