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  • In History: Wing's epic 24-ship flyover

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- On June 4, 1983, the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing, as it was then known, hosted a farewell tribute to the F-105 Thunderchief. The highlight of the day was a perfect 24-ship formation flyover at Hill AFB.The rare operation produced a memorable formation befitting a proud heritage, as by then the 419th had flown the “Thud”
  • In History: 419th becomes first Reserve unit to fly F-35A

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – In more recent history, this week marks five years since the Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power, when Hill AFB received the first two operational F-35As on Sept. 2, 2015.Hill's active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing were the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air
  • In History: Utah reservists save water, wildlife across West

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Throughout the wing’s 65-year history, Air Force reservists here have been tasked with accomplishing a variety of missions, not just combat operations. As previously noted, the wing has contributed to a number of humanitarian efforts throughout the years.  One such “mercy mission” was performed in 1964 when the unit,
  • In History: Wing looks back on friendship with Navajo

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Humanitarian projects have always been a part of the unit’s history. Before the wing began flying fighters, its era of cargo aircraft offered numerous opportunities to fly passengers and cargo across the world, often delivering vital supplies following natural disasters or other crises.In 1962, Utah reservists launched
  • Wing historian helps keep 419th story alive

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Master Sgt. Aaron Jones, the wing historian, has fostered a passion for history since age 10 when he saw the family tree tracing his lineage all the way back to 17th-century Ireland.This single childhood experience piqued his interest and what he now calls “the curiosity of knowing.”“In that moment, I really wanted to
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