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New Palmdale [California] Mom, 27, Killed In Central Asia Air Force Tanker Plane Crash
CBSLA.com) ^ | May 5, 2013 4:00 PM

Posted on 05/05/2013 6:44:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin

PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — A Palmdale mother of a seven-month-old son was one of three airman killed in a Central Asia tanker plane crash Friday.

The tanker was supporting American troops in Afghanistan.

Capt. Victoria “Tori” A. Pinckney, 27, was killed in the crash of a KC-135 tanker near Chon-Aryk, Krygyzstan, the Defense Department announced.

KKTV, a Colorado Springs CBS affiliate, reports that Pinckney was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and recent mom.

She was one of three airmen in a KC-135 refueling plane that crashed in the mountains after a midair explosion during a refueling operation, the Pentagon announced.

The Pentagon said two other airmen were also killed: Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Boerne, Texas, and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield. All three were attached to the Air Force’s 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB in Washington state.

A wing commander at Fairchild told KREM television in Spokane that the loss has devastated the base.

“We will forever honor Tyler, Tori and Tre as patriots and heroes,” the commander said. “Team Fairchild will do everything we can to support their families and friends during this profoundly difficult time.”


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: airforce; airforceacademy; fairchildafb; palmdale; palmdalehighschool; usafa

1 posted on 05/05/2013 6:44:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
why does she get more attention than any of the others that died???
2 posted on 05/05/2013 6:50:29 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin

Mothers in the military on the front lines. Brought to you by the leftist PC hacks of DC. ‘Equality’ they say—explain that to her now motherless son.


3 posted on 05/05/2013 6:51:17 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if a MANPAD struck this aircraft or another Surface-To-Air missile of some sort.. Perhaps part of the scores of MANPADs that are ‘missing’?


4 posted on 05/05/2013 6:53:08 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Chode

To pose that question is to answer it. One day we will pay.


5 posted on 05/05/2013 6:53:50 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

So far, no evidence of a MANPAD attack; but it is rather odd that we’ve lost three aircraft in that region over the past week; a civilian 747 cargo jet that went down at Bagram (load shifted on takeoff, sending the aircraft into a stall); an RC-12 recce bird that went down in southern Afghanistan, and more recently, the KC-135.

The Stratotanker has been around forever, and it’s a very reliable platform—almost no history of them simply blowing up in mid-air. At first glace, it sounds a bit like a KC-135 that exploded while descending in to Howard AFB, Panama back in the 1980s. It was eventually determined that the crew left a pump running in an empty fuel tank after their in-flight refueling operation was complete. The pump overheated and ignited fuel vapors that remained in the tank. However, fixes were supposedly implemented to prevent that from happening again.


6 posted on 05/05/2013 7:01:02 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Chode

Palmdale is in the KCBS viewing area.


7 posted on 05/05/2013 7:02:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Elsiejay

See post #7


8 posted on 05/05/2013 7:03:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
So far, no evidence of a MANPAD attack

Spark in the center fuel tank.

9 posted on 05/05/2013 7:05:40 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (T)
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To: BenLurkin
thx...
10 posted on 05/05/2013 7:07:09 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP.


11 posted on 05/05/2013 7:12:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin
Only three killed? Have they changed the number of a flight crew?

In the past, you had the Aircraft Commander, Co-pilot, Navigator, and boom operator/cargo master.

On many missions one maintenance person from the ground often flew with them. I logged many a mission over SE Asia in one.

12 posted on 05/05/2013 7:17:00 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: BenLurkin

Wonder if The other Capt was a Dad?


13 posted on 05/05/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: JaguarXKE

The Tech Sgt was.


14 posted on 05/05/2013 7:21:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Chode

Just a hunch, but it’s a dateline from Palmdale and she was from there.


15 posted on 05/05/2013 7:24:12 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: BenLurkin

An Air Force grad is probably not an “airman”. Just saying.


16 posted on 05/05/2013 7:56:48 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: BenLurkin

It sounds like the optempo for getting stuff out of Afghanistan is taking its toll.


17 posted on 05/05/2013 7:58:01 PM PDT by socalgop
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To: BenLurkin
RIP


18 posted on 05/05/2013 8:10:47 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: JaguarXKE
yeah, i didn't look at the dateline-my bad, Ben pointed that out to me in #7

i guess i'm so jaded as to the L$M PC crap anymore that i take it for granted now days... RIP

19 posted on 05/05/2013 8:28:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Benito Cereno

Tank you.


20 posted on 05/05/2013 8:33:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Chode

Jaded with good reason I’m afraid.


21 posted on 05/05/2013 8:55:35 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Benito Cereno

Precious baby.Very sad.


22 posted on 05/05/2013 9:34:45 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

22nd out of March Field 1966-1970


23 posted on 05/05/2013 10:33:11 PM PDT by Calif4Palin (President Palin sounds so good....)
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To: Chode

Military identifies Fairchild KC-135 crew killed in crash

24 posted on 05/06/2013 12:34:28 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Navigator is gone, replaced by Pacer CRAG.

The heart of the overall system is a state-of-the-art flight management system. Using this, pilots have the added ability to plot their courses in the training facility, download the information to a data card and then upload it into the aircraft. This capability, combined with the others, eliminates the navigator position.

25 posted on 05/06/2013 12:41:37 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
yup, pls see post#15, i didn't see the dateline... RIP
26 posted on 05/06/2013 6:01:47 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Calif4Palin

43 OMS Little Rock AF, Arkansas. 1967-1969.

Many trips TDY all over the world.


27 posted on 05/06/2013 7:36:38 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Are you referring to the Panama crash, or the more recent one in South Asia?


28 posted on 05/06/2013 8:43:51 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: BenLurkin

Okay. It figures.


29 posted on 05/12/2013 10:01:43 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: ExNewsExSpook

The aircraft 63-7983 on June 17,1986. from Grissom AFB,IN. The aircraft came in too hard. Hit the runway at over 7g at which point the #3 engine separated from the wing, tearing off behind the fuel shutoff. Aircrew tried to take it airborne per their training but rapidly lost hydraulics and a flap. It crashed in the middle of military (Navy?) housing. I was one of the ground crew.


30 posted on 07/19/2013 3:28:11 AM PDT by Stevedvs
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