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‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard‘Gooney Bird,’  ...
‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard

The 131st Missouri Air National Guard’s Gooney Bird is now displayed on the grounds of the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri. During its last flight, the Gooney Bird was flown wingless by a Kansas Army National Guard CH-54 Sky Crane on July 12, 1974. A recent paint job has restored the aircraft to its D-Day invasion-look.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Dampf/RELEASED)
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Posted: 8/26/2014

‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard‘Gooney Bird,’  ...
‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard

The 131st Tactical Fighter Wing C-47 Gooney Bird’s durability made it useful for transporting civilian passengers. In 1950, it was converted to a VIP transport plane, complete with carpet and a couch. It was primarily used to ferry Missouri’s governors, but one other VIP that flew on the Gooney Bird was President Harry Truman (shown center stage above the State of Missouri shield), whom the wing’s Chief Master Sgt. Wilbur Tackaberry (left) met alongside the 131st’s iconic Missouri Mule mascot, Banjo A. Burro, during Governor John Dalton’s inauguration Jan 9,1961. (131st Bomb Wing File photo/RELEASED).
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Posted: 8/26/2014

‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard‘Gooney Bird,’  ...
‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard

The Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Tactical Fighter Wing C-47 Gooney Bird on its final flight to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Missouri, courtesy of a Kansas Army National Guard CH-54 Sky Crane, July 12, 1974. (131st Bomb Wing File photo/RELEASED).
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Posted: 8/26/2014

‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard‘Gooney Bird,’  ...
‘Gooney Bird,’ staple of WWII, Berlin Airlift, flown by Missouri Air National Guard

Col. Walter J. Weihe, 131st Wing commander, briefs maintenance Guardsmen and pilots prior to leaving for a training mission at Volk Field, Wisconsin. Utilizing the Gooney Bird’s versatility and 28-man capacity, the Missouri Air Guard often transported Missouri Guardsmen to their training sites across the country. Circa 1961, Lambert-Saint Louis Air National Guard Base. (131st Bomb Wing File photo/RELEASED).
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Posted: 8/26/2014

Travel smart this Labor DayTravel smart  ...
Travel smart this Labor Day

In 2009, approximately 15,000 people in the United States who died in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts. As Labor Day approaches, many Airmen will be traveling during the weekend and it is important to remember to “buckle-up” before traveling any distance. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham/Released)
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Posted: 8/26/2014

From active duty to Missouri Air National Guard, a maintainer’s road to recruitingFrom active  ...
From active duty to Missouri Air National Guard, a maintainer’s road to recruiting

131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard production recruiter Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swanson stands proudly before an image of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. “My goal is to try to spread the word because it’s not like we’re really selling anything. We’re just educating, because it really does sell itself,” said Swanson. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Halley Burgess/Released)
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Posted: 8/26/2014

RUfit?RUfit?
RUfit?

RUfit? (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane)
RUfit?


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Posted: 8/26/2014

Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber                             Missouri Air  ...
Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber

B-2 Spirit pilot Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, shows the certificate of achievement recognizing his 1000 flying-hour milestone at the end of a B-2 training mission at Whiteman Air Force Base, August 23, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon/ RELEASED)
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Posted: 8/25/2014

Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber                             Missouri Air  ...
Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber

A close up of the 1000 flying-hours patch presented to Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey and worn by all B-2 pilots who have achieved this milestone in flying the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Only 43 pilots have ever reached 1000 or more B-2 hours. Seven of these elite pilots are currently with the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, at Whiteman Air Force Base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon/ RELEASED)
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Posted: 8/25/2014

Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber                             Missouri Air  ...
Missouri Air National Guard pilot reaches 1000 flying-hour milestone in B-2 stealth bomber

After passing his 1000 flying-hour milestone in the B-2, Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, stands proudly with members of the 131 Maintenance Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, August 23, 2014. “Today’s flight is about the superb maintenance Airmen in the 131st and 509th Bomb Wings,” Bailey said. “It’s really a 100,000-hour flight because it takes well over 100 hours of great maintenance for every flight hour.” Pictured l to r: Sr. Airman Robert Hawkins III, Sr. Airman Christopher Frye, Lt. Col. Ryan Bailey, Airman 1st Class Ethan Davis, Sr. Airman Jesse Moore, Airman 1st Class Colter Laucks and Master Sgt. Craig Kuzara. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon/ RELEASED)
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Posted: 8/25/2014

FatigueFatigue
Fatigue

When making travel arrangements that involve driving long distances, be sure to get enough rest the night before and take breaks as needed. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)
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Posted: 8/14/2014

Joint training gives Team Whiteman pilots realistic survival experienceJoint training  ...
Joint training gives Team Whiteman pilots realistic survival experience

After applying face paint, Maj. Tim Sullivan, a pilot with the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing, gathers his bearings using his map and compass during a realistic combat search and rescue training exercise at Cannon Range-Laquey, Missouri, on May 28, 2014. Sullivan used his training to evade members of the 131st Bomb Wing, Detachment 1, who pursued him and others participating in the training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Nathan Dampf/RELEASED)
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Posted: 7/20/2014

    

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