Base will be adding one aircraft per month, official says

Col. David Piech of Cannon Air Force Base gave Roosevelt County commissioners an update on Cannon activity at the Tuesday county commission meeting. The following is what he reported: • The base will be changing its vice wing commander and flight medicine commander later this year. • One new aircraft a month will continue arriving […]

Planes fill skies over Tucumcari

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Thomas Garcia The light rain and heavy overcast clouds gave way to blue skies and the aircraft performing Wednesday during the Tucumcari Rotary Club/Chamber of Commerce Air Show. “I think we did all right, the airshow turned out pretty good,” said Bob McClelland Jr., airshow coordinator. As the crowd began to enter the gates, the […]

Fitness, fun continue

Thomas Garcia As my efforts to lose weight and better myself continues, I seem to run in to the occasional Gremlin if you will. You know, Gremlins, those little mischievous mythical creatures blamed for the sabotage of aircraft during the 1920s. Maybe you may recall the little menaces from Joe Dante’s 1984 movie “Gremlins.” Well, […]

Bell Ranch pilot was flying new plane at time of crash

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Jeffery Lane, 57, who died Aug. 15 in a plane crash near Mosquero, had only been in possession of his new airplane for six days. Lane, who was piloting the plane, and passenger Ryan Hartley, 34, of Roy died in the crash that is being investigated by the National […]

Business to market the air up there

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A new business coming to town is hoping to fill some of Tucumcari’s airspace. Retired helicopter pilot Vic “Span” Spankowski is working on opening a private ultra light aero park on an 80-acre site, called the Flying S Ranch, south of the KOA campgrounds. Anchoring the facility will be […]

Lujan completes sea trials

courtesy Navy Airman Melissa L. Lujan, daughter of Veronica S. and Phillip C. Lujan of Logan, recently completed a series of sea trials. She and her shipmates were assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The sea trials ended a four month ship’s restricted availability for Lujan’s unit. The […]

Local woman flies radio controlled planes

TV Hagneh Vickie Belisle has more airplanes than some small nations. She has 46 of them and all are in her ranch style home east of Tucumcari. There are planes, some with wingspans of more than nine feet across, hanging from the ceiling, some behind doors some in special racks, some on special tables, some […]

Restoring New Mexico history to flying capacity

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By Angela Peacock Tucumcari is no longer just a resting place for road travelers, as of Monday, planes are also making a stop. After its battle days during World War II, the Beechcraft AT 11 aircraft that was used to train more than 5,400 combat soldiers is making its way back to Albuquerque. Scott Witshger […]

obits 9/10

James Stallings James W. Stallings, 88, died Sept. 7, 2003, at Assisted Living in Logan. He was born Feb. 11, 1915 in Decatur, Okla. Mr. Stalling served his county in the U.S. Army and later was transferred from the U.S. army Aircorp to the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in […]