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F-16 Dedication Ceremony to Recognize NM Air National Guard ‘TACOS’

November 13, 2014

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History held a Dedication Ceremony for the newly restored F-16 Fighting Falcon - an aircraft operated by the New Mexico Air National Guard 150th Fighter Wing ‘The TACOS’ - on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and other dignitaries were present to publicly acknowledge the legacy and historical significance of the TACOS, as they are represented on the airplane’s trim and tail insignia.  

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has completed the restoration of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a full-bodied aircraft acquired by the Museum in March, 2014. This special initiative to recondition the F-16 to display the New Mexico Air National Guard 150th Fighter Wing, ‘The TACOS,’ tail insignia and trim, was part of “Operation Preservation” – a two-year campaign to restore the iconic aircraft in the Museum’s outdoor exhibit area known as Heritage Park.

The TACOS were honored in the restoration of this airplane because of their legacy and contributions to our country. This division of the New Mexico Air National Guard has flown combat operations in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia and Iraq and was mobilized and flew combat air patrol sorties throughout the United States following the attacks on September 11, 2011. The 150th Fighter Wing TACOS operated the F-16 from 1992 to 2003.

Restoration of this iconic aircraft was supervised by Jerry Hanks, Project Manager, and was completed with the help of volunteers from Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base, Museum volunteers and members of the CNM Aviation Maintenance Technology program and Service-Learning program.

Summer Camp - May 29 - August 10

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp 2018 for children who are 6 to 12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in week-long sessions, May 29 - August 10. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Chemistry and Intrigue," "Science of the X-scape," "STEMinists," "Spy Kids" and many more!

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B-47E Stratojet Restoration

Help us restore New Mexico’s only Boeing B-47E Stratojet, serial number 53-2280, one of only 23 surviving B-47 airplanes in existence! This airplane will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation” – a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

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Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Festival

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host the 22nd Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Festival, celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm.

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