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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.

"Science is Everywhere" Winter Camp - December 27-28 and January 2-4

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2018 for children who Pre-K through 7th grade. Experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions, December 27-28 and January 2-4. Sessions include "Code of the Robot, Jr.," "Mini Marvels," "Mysteries of Matter" "Unravel the Code" and many more!

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Veterans Day - November 11

In recognition of this United States holiday honoring military veterans, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will be offering free admission on November 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to all service members, both past and present, who show military identification.

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Nuclear Science Week - October 15-19

Nuclear Science Week (NSW) is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional, national and international interest on all aspects of nuclear science. The NSW Big Event will be taking place here in Albuquerque, October 15-19, and many of the events are open to the public! Join us for this exceptional event!

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