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Spotting at (KIWA) Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

By: Category: FriendsRoad tripsUncategorizedWillie

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport was built in 1941 and opened as Williams Air Base.  It was used to train military pilots during World War II, and converted to training of jet pilots until the decision to close the base was made in 1991.  Prior to closing in 1993, growing traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport lead to the consideration of keeping the airport in operation for civilian use.  The airport was opened in 1994 as Williams Gateway airport, eventually being designated by the FAA as a “reliever” airport to address growing congestion at Sky Harbor.

Today the airport is used for a multitude of purposes, and offers spotting opportunities unlike those available at the Valley’s largest airport – Sky Harbor...

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305th Rescue SQ visits KIWA.

By: Category: HelicoptersMilitaryWillie

Jason Bong had a opportunity to get up and close with the 305th Rescue SQ that is based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (1993-Present) They were just coming back from Roosevelt Lake after doing some training exercises and decided to stop by KIWA to get a bite to eat at the Red Brick Pizza. While talking with the crew they asked if I would be interested in taking some pictures of there HH-60G and of course I had to say yes. I want to tell the crew thank you very much for the chance to get up and close. And because of you I now have my first military patch. Here is a little information about the 305th rescue SQ.
The 305th Rescue Squadron is trained and equipped to conduct Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions worldwide utilizing the HH-60G “Pavehawk” helicopter...

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner visits Arizona

By: Category: Special paintWillie

MESA, Ariz...

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