PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- The crew of "King 2", HC-130 rescue aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, gather for a group photograph on Monday, May 11, as they wait for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
This mission marked the 100th time that Airmen from the Long Island wing provided rescue support to Space Shuttle launches.
Joining the HC-130 crews from Gabreski Field Air National Guard Base at Westhampton Beach, New York, were pararescuemen from the California Air National Guard's 131st Rescue Squadron, based at Moffett Federal Airfield, located near Mountain View, California.
If the shuttle crew had been forced to leave the spacecraft near the Kennedy Space Center these men would have been responsible for pulling the astronauts from the water.
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The Saratogian -- Sat, 21 Nov 2015 New Air Guard exhibit opens at New York State Military Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS-- A Soviet-made anti-aircraft gun captured by U.S. Marines during the 1991 Persian Gulf War is the focal point of a new exhibit at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake... (more)
Times Union -- Thu, 19 Nov 2015 Exhibit explores nearly 100 years of NY Air National Guard "Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard" is a new exhibit that opens Saturday in the New York State Military Museum on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.
Air Force Magazine -- Tue, 17 Nov 2015 Last Viper from Syracuse The New York National Guard recently inaugurated a combat-veteran F-16A, now on display outside the state's Guard joint forces headquarters in Latham, N. Y.