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Above: Santa Claus nose art painted on a C-130 Hercules aircraft of the U.S. Air Force’s 374th Airlift Wing commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Christmas air drops to islanders of the Federated States of Micronesia. Crews from the 345th and 21st Airlift Squadrons are assigned to fly the C-130 for the Christmas Drop ’92 missions. Every Christmas since 1952, food, clothing, tools and toys donated by residents of Guam have been delivered by air to 40 Micronesian islands. Nose art reads “40th Anniversary 1952 – 1992.”
Above: Rebuilding a Handley Page Halifax Heavy Bomber in Canada.
Above: RCAF CF-18 Hornets on the flightline at Holloman Air Force Base New Mexico, on 13 February 2018. USAF photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-057. Story link: Holloman hosts Royal Canadian Air Force
Above: An RCAF member directs a CF-18 Hornet at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on 13 February 2018. USAF photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon 180213-F-GO091-073. Story link: Holloman hosts Royal Canadian Air Force
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew – And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.