“Kong” Goes From Climbing Buildings And Terrorizing The City To Flying F-16 Fighting Falcons – American Military News

“Kong” Goes From Climbing Buildings And Terrorizing The City To Flying F-16 Fighting Falcons

He’s got it all under control. After all, Kong truly knows his craft. Only this time enemy planes aren’t flying around him trying to distract, or even kill, him. We’re talking of course about U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Taj Troy (call sign “Kong”), a pilot assigned to the 169th Operations Group. He inspects his F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon thoroughly prior to takeoff at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina.

The base is named for the late Brigadier General Barnie B. McEntire, Jr., the first commander of the South Carolina Air National Guard and its first general officer. McEntire died on 25 May 1961 when he rode his malfunctioning F-104 Starfighter into the Susquehanna River to avoid crashing in the populated area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The unit was formed in December 1946, and its primary unit is the 169th Fighter Wing.

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