June 22, 2012

During a ceremony at Cannon AFB, N.M., Air Force Special Operations Command retires the MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft (tail No. 64-0523) that led the Son Tay Raid to free US prisoners of war from North Vietnam in August 1970. The aircraft, which had served in recent years with Air Force Reserve Command’s 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, Fla., was to undergo several months of demilitarization before being placed on permanent display at Cannon’s airpark