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 […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when they are, Cannon Air Force Base officials will try to notify city leaders in advance. But training in unfamiliar areas is important for Cannon pilots, officials told about a dozen area residents on […]

Tucumcari’s airport caters to variety of traffic

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Watching the hand signals from Ernie Baker, Colette and Dave Eneboe rounded the fuel island and got out of their small single engine prop plane. Baker, assistant manager at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport, welcomed the couple and then began fueling the plane. “We’re just stopping for fuel. We’ve always […]

Young, old like local air show

William Thompson The Rotary Club Air Show attracted many onlookers Wednesday to Tucumcari Municipal Airport. The crowd’s attention was riveted to the skies above Quay County as a number of historic and contemporary planes flew loops and death-defying stunts. Tucumcari Middle School student Michelle Fazekas said she would not mind going for a spin at […]

Air show offers high-flying fun

William Thompson The Tucumcari Rotary Club Air Show is set for Sept. 29 at the Tucumcari Municipal Airport. The Rotary Club’s Bob McClelland, Jr. said up to 40 planes will be on display, many of them performing aerobatics. “The Canadian Snowbirds, a 9-jet military team will be flying “Tutor’ jets wingtip to wingtip,” said McClelland. […]

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 […]

Thunderbirds’ air show appearance in doubt after crash

By Ryan Lengerich A U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbird crashed this weekend at an air show causing uncertainty for the planes’ status at the Oct. 1 Rotary Air Show in Tucumcari. Thunderbird Capt. Chris Stricklin ejected safely just moments before his plane crashed and erupted into flames Sunday afternoon at the Gunfighter Skies Air Show […]