Members of the 4th Special Operations Squadron last month conducted the final flight of the AC-130H gunship Wicked Wanda at Hurlburt Field Fla., before its retirement, according to a base release. This airframe, tail number 6575, served 43 years, participating in nearly every conflict that United States has been in since the end of the Vietnam War, states the release. “[Wicked Wanda] was my aircraft during the Iran hostage crisis,” said retired CMSgt. Bill Walter, a former aerial gunner. “She had a real good combat history, I’m actually happy to see her retire honorably,” he said. The aircraft’s final flight from Hurlburt took place on Dec. 19. After its official retirement this year, Wicked Wanda will go in display at Hurlburt’s air park, according to the Dec. 29 release.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.