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Aviation Nation Kicks Off at Nellis Air Force Base

Aviation Nation Kicks Off at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of people came out for Aviation Nation, the annual Nellis Open House and largest free public event in Nevada.

Aviation Nation celebrates 71 years of air power in Las Vegas and the Air Force's accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace.

Several military air demonstration teams, including the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, performed with other military and civilian acts.

Families stood in awe as the planes, jets and drones cruised through the air. One pilot said the best part about Aviation Nation is inspiring future pilots.

"Not to sound too cheesy but the sky is the limit so if these kids dream and really work hard they can achieve their goals," said US Air Force Instructor Pilot Major Seth William Spaner.

Nevada Air Guard Heading to East Coast

The 152nd Airlift Wing departed Tuesday morning with a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from Reno to Moffett Field, Calif.

LAS VEGAS -- Members of the Nevada Air Guard have deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.

The 152nd Airlift Wing departed Tuesday morning with a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from Reno to Moffett Field, Calif., to pick up a rescue boat, truck and several Guardian Angel Pararescue airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard.

The plane will then depart later Tuesday for Charlotte, N.C. to assist in the relief efforts, according to the Nevada National Guard.

It is unknown how long the airmen will be helping out with the storm relief efforts.

When they are done on the east coast, about 100 airmen will then deploy to Kuwait by the end of this week.

Mom, 6 Children Stung in Clark County Bee Attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A family is recovering after a weekend bee attack near Nellis Air Force Base.

Clark County firefighters say they responded to a call about 4 p.m. Sunday and found a mother and six children with multiple bee stings. Authorities say the father wasn't harmed, but the victims included children as young as 18 months old.

Firefighters say the children had opened a sprinkler box that had an active bee hive inside. Crews say one family member was stung more than a dozen times, although nobody was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters say they put on protective bee suits and sprayed the hive with foam to smother the insects, then asked the property managers to have an exterminator get rid of any remaining bees.

Las Vegas Woman Hits Snags with Local Appliance Store

Las Vegas Woman Hits Snags with Local Appliance Store

LAS VEGAS - Doing the laundry is a necessity, but for Margaret Morrisey, it became an impossibility.

"The washer had a tub inside. When you wash it on large, (it) makes a noise," she said.

The washer wasn't working properly, and the dryer only blew cold air. She called Western Appliance, where she bought the washer and dryer for $200. She had a warranty and scheduled a repair, but the repair technician never showed.

8 on Your Side visited the address listed for Western Appliance, but uncovered a surprise. It's the home of True Fit Sheet Metal, not Western Appliance.

Dennis Oliver, owner of True Fit, says others have stopped by, looking for the appliance shop.

"One officer came asking if this was WA, and I said, ‘No, but you're about the 20th person lately who has come in,'" Oliver said.

Turkey for Troops Heading to Afghanistan

Turkey for Troops Heading to Afghanistan


A local radio station wrapped its fundraising effort for troops serving overseas by packaging up the food it was able to buy.

KOMP 92.3 FM’s Turkey for the Troops started several weeks ago. The station was able raise enough money to provide an entire Thanksgiving feast.

"People are weary about the war effort and forget about the troops and want it over with. But the guys are still over there, and the girls are still over there. They still need us to take care of them and look out for them. We want to make sure they get a piece of home," Laurie Steele with KOMP 92.3 FM said.

The food was packaged Friday afternoon and taken to the post office where it will be shipped to members of the military serving in Afghanistan. The dinner needs to be sent a month early because that is how long it takes to get there. The station is still looking for a corporate sponsor to help pay for the shipping costs.

Pilot Re-enacts Historic Sound Barrier Flight

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.

The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie "The Right Stuff," flew Sunday in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle instead of the experimental rocket plane, Bell X-1, he piloted on the historic flight.

The F-15 took off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert where Yeager achieved the feat on Oct. 14, 1947.

The F-15 was piloted by Capt. David Vincent of the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis.

Yeager to Break Sound Barrier Again Over Southern Nevada

Yeager to Break Sound Barrier Again Over Southern Nevada


One of the most important men in aviation history will be re-enacting his historic flight this weekend in southern Nevada.

Retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles "Chuck" Yeager will break the sound barrier Sunday at Nellis Air Force Base. He'll be in an F-15 Eagle from the 65th Aggressor Squadron. Yeager expects to break the sound barrier at the same time he did in 1947 at 10:24 a.m. A Nellis captain will be at the controls

Following the flight, Yeager will speak to airmen at Nellis Air Force Base at 3 p.m., at the Thunderbirds hangar.

The original flight was made at Edwards Air Force Base. Yeager was in his experimental Bell X-1 that was actually attached to a bomber and flown to a high-altitude.