Air National Guard celebrates safety record

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Air National Guard is celebrating a milestone in safety.

The Guard's 176 Wing recently reached 150,000 flying hours without a major accident, a span covering more than 35 years.

The last major accident occurred Dec. 15, 1965, when a transport plane crashed at an Air Force remote site at Cape Romanzof, 460 miles west of Anchorage. File crew members on board perished that day.

Wing Vice Commander Colonel Gene Ramsay said the record is remarkable because the wing flies in harsh arctic conditions and deploy to more places over the globe than ever.

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