AF’s last serving reciprocating engine flight engineer retires

The Air Force’s last serving reciprocating engine flight engineer took his final flight here today at the air base he enlisted at more than 41 years ago.

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Reinert retired from military service at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base Sept. 6 amongst the aviators he served and near the aircraft that he helped fly.

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Missouri Guard airlifts near North Pole

The author, Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, photojournalist for the National Guard Bureau, embeds with the Missouri Air National Guard during airlift operations at Kulusuk Airport, Greenland, July 25, 2007. 

 

They have deployed and airlifted cargo around the world, but never above the Arctic Circle. This was the farthest north they had ever flown, they said.

Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing deployed to the world’s largest island — Greenland — from July 23 to 27 to support airlift missions for the National Science Foundation and the New York Air Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing.

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