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A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron looks on as a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) during a deck landing qualification flight off the coast of Virginia, July 25, 2017. Deck landing capabilities allow 8th SOS aircrew to expand the Osprey’s global reach. (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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2017
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) Air Commandos mark Operation Eagle Claw anniversary
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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2017
Commander of the 19th Air Force, Maj. Gen Patrick J. Doherty, (far left) presented four instructors from the 58th Special Operations Wing with Distinguished Flying Cross medals during a ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base May 23. (Left to right) Maj. Robert Meyersohn, Maj. Arjun Rau, TSgt. David Shea and Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Zupow received the medals for their harrowing feats of bravery during separate missions in downrange environments. 58th SOW instructors receive Distinguished Flying Cross medals
Four instructors from the 58th Special Operations Wing were presented Distinguished Flying Cross medals during a ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base May 23.
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2017
A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission, Nov. 30, 2016. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover capabilities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficient and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Hurlburt CV-22 Ospreys conduct water training
Aircrew with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducted a training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 30, 2016. Air Commandos conduct water training as a way to transform training and ensure readiness for global special operations. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover
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2016
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 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 turboprop aircraft. The
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2016
Four CV-22 Osprey aircraft with the 8th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., flyover Lambeau Field, Wis., during the final moments of the national anthem, Oct. 16, 2016. The flyover marks the first time that the 8th SOS has conducted a flyover of an NFL game. 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 Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) CV-22 Osprey aircraft flyover Lambeau Field
On Sunday, game day for the majority of the NFL, the crowd of green and yellow, and blue and white in Lambeau Field, here, drew silent as John Vincent, the national anthem singer, began to sing.Four CV-22 Osprey aircraft assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing's 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., powered the audience of
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2016
A combat controller directs a CV-22 for landing during a training exercise in Green River, Utah, July 26, 2016. The full mission profile provided these Airmen an opportunity to practice their core competencies and hone their skills in unfamiliar terrain similar to what they might encounter overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams) 27th SOW tests new capabilities in unfamiliar terrain
In late July, for the very first time, the 27th Special Operations Wing conducted a full mission profile (FMP) hundreds of miles away in the mountainous terrain of Utah and Colorado.The training provided Air Commandos with the chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses in an unfamiliar location while also testing brand new mission
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2016
Staff Sgt. Michael Rossi, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, practices rescue missions on a CV-22 Osprey during a training flight at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 27, 2016. The Osprey is a multi-mission tilt-rotor aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Flight engineers stay proficient
Flight engineers with the 8th Special Operations Squadron are key players to successful CV-22 Osprey operations.
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2016
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