Earlier today, my dad and I ran a couple of errands at Ft. Carson. At the time, two Blackhawks were coming in for a landing on the parade field in front of the headquarters building. It is one of those sights I do not grow tired of seeing – military aviation in motion.

When Laurie worked as a DoD contract MD a few years ago at Ft. Carson, she had an opportunity to make two medevac missions into the training range. On the second mission, she was able to take a photo of two dust-offs coming in to take her and an injured soldier to the hospital on post.

coming in for a landing: a pair of UH-60 Blackhawk dust-offs
photo credit: Laurie Westin

In Vietnam, my dad flew with the surgeon when it was their turn to survey the aid stations, or there were heavy casualties in the field. (The latter rarely happened.) They were always accompanied by a UH-1 Huey or AH-1 Cobra gunship that provided overwatch. This is one tactic that has not changed through the years.

Both Laurie and Andrea rarely make these type of missions, but when they do, the situation must require their presence. The last time they did, two years ago, they talked about the experience for the better part of a week.


Film Excursion – Air Show

In late spring 1993, Peterson AFB hosted an open house and air show. Besides an aerial demonstration of a variety of aircraft, including vintage aircraft from World War II, there were static displays of aircraft current in the military inventory at the time.

F-16 Fighting Falcons


F-15E Strike Eagle


The access to the flight line was unprecedented, allowing visitors an up-close view of the aircraft. It included an opportunity to look into the cockpit of the F-15E. The sensitive electronic warfare systems in the cockpit were covered by security shrouds.

F-14 Tomcat


The big draw at the air show was the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter …


It was kept behind a roped line, which included an armed Air Force security detail, to prevent visitors from getting too close.

This was the second to last open house and air show to be staged at Peterson AFB. Since then, subsequent air shows have only featured vintage aircraft at the jetcenter complex of the Colorado Springs Airport.


About the photos

These photos were taken using the Keystone 35 mm point-and-shoot camera using Kodak Gold film (ASA 200).