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A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron scans the horizon during a training mission off the coast of Virginia, July 26, 2017. Flight engineers are responsible for watching the approach and relaying the approximate distance between his aircraft and the carrier to the pilots, ensuring a safe landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land on USS Oak Hill
Aircrews with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct deck landing qualifications on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 8th SOS conducts deck landings four to six times a year to ensure aircrews are qualified, current and ready to conduct global operations any time, any place.
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Junior ROTC cadets sprint toward a 15th Special Operations Squadron MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 27, 2017. From June 26-30, more than 55 JROTC cadets from nearby high schools visited Hurlburt for Summer Leadership School - a course designed to teach cadets leadership, confidence and other traits as part of a JROTC familiarization flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) JROTC cadets fly in Osprey & Combat Talon II
From June 26-30, more than 55 JROTC cadets from nearby high schools visited Hurlburt Field for Summer Leadership School - a course designed to teach cadets leadership, confidence and other traits associated with military life. The cadets flew in a 15th Special Operations Squadron MC-130H Combat Talon II and an 8th SOS CV-22 Osprey as part of a
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Air Commandos attend the Operation Eagle Claw memorial ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 23, 2017. Operation Eagle Claw was an attempted hostage-rescue mission in 1980 that resulted in five, 8th Special Operations Squadron Airmen and three Marines sacrificing their lives when two of the involved aircraft collided at the Desert One staging site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 8th SOS hosts Operation Eagle Claw memorial ceremony
Team Hurlburt gathered together to remember Operation Eagle Claw at a memorial ceremony June 23, and pay tribute to the five Air Commandos assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron and three Marines who lost their lives during the mission.
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A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon from a CV-22 Osprey over Northwest Florida, April 3, 2017. The aircrew visited Duke Field to utilize a Landing Helicopter Deck as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land at Duke Field's LHD for first time
A CV-22 Osprey landed on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, for the first time April 3. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel
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Default Air Force Logo FLANG settles in at Hurlburt Field
It’s been a year since Detachment 2, Florida Air National Guard stood up at Hurlburt Field to support the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.The purpose of Det. 2 is to provide additional operational and maintenance support to 8th SOS and 801st SOAMXS by recruiting separating active duty
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Air Commando spouses stand in front of a U-28A during a Spouses Flight tour at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 19, 2016. Spouse’s toured static displays of different 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft to get a firsthand look at the capabilities of the 1st SOW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV) Air Commando spouses take flight
Spouses of Air Commandos participate in a Spouses Flight tour at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 19, 2016.The event is designed to give spouses a better understanding of the importance of the 1st Special Operations Wing mission. Participants had the opportunity to fly in different 1st SOW aircraft including the AC130-J Ghostrider, CV-22 Osprey, AC-130U Spooky and U-28A in order to better their understanding of the 1st Special Operations Wing mission.
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Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a
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A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft approaches an MC-130H Combat Talon II air-refueling receptacle during a training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Callaway) Ospreys' conduct air-to-air refueling mission
Two CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft conduct an air-to-air refueling mission with an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 7, 2016. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop
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Capt. Casey Fox, a flight physician assistant with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, straps down a litter during Task Force Exercise Olympus Archer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2016.  Olympus Archer focuses on maximizing training opportunities for more than 230 Air Commandos, with the 1st Special Operations Wing, emphasizing on medical operations in conjunction with flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Callaway) Medical Group exercises skills during TFX Olympus Archer
Members of the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, in conjunction with aircrew assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing and members of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, conducted medical evacuations and in-flight medical procedures during Task Force Exercise Olympus Archer here, Aug. 18.Olympus Archer focuses on maximizing training
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Crew chiefs with the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft into the Freedom Hangar at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 11, 2016. The Osprey combines vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing capabilities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain) Rain or shine: crew chiefs carry on
Crew chiefs with the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft into the Freedom Hangar at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 11, 2016. The Osprey combines vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing capabilities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop
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