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Reunion, Discover Sawyer: busy weekend at airport

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The 62nd and 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadrons will be gathering at the former K.I. Sawyer AFB for a reunion August 2-6.

A meet and greet will officially kick things off Friday evening at the American Legion Post in Little Lake.

Special guests also attending the reunion will be the commander, Col. Tom Allen and some of his instructor pilots of the 87th Fighter Training Squadron (FTS) from Laughlin AFB in Texas. They will be arriving at about 10 a.m. Saturday in their T-38A “Talon” jet aircraft.

On Saturday there will be:

  • a golf outing at the Red Fox Run Golf Course
  • 2-5 p.m. squadron photos - and visitation - at the static display aircraft
  • 6-7 p.m. official “meet and greet” and buffet dinner at the K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, including  Col. Tom Allen presenting a PowerPoint, “100 Year Centennial of the 87th Fighter Squadron”

For more information and to register for the reunion, email Lani Duquette at  nolan359@charter.net  or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/K-I-Sawyer-Heritage-Air-Museum-9682141199/

 5th annual Discover Sawyer Family Fun Day --at the general aviation ramp at Sawyer International Airport 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 , 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Static airplane displays, Pancake Breakfast, Lunch, Bounce Houses, many local vendors

Free Young Eagle Flights and Tandem Sky Diving with Sky Dive Harbor Springs

Find out more at www.facebook.com/DiscoverSawyer/

THE FOLLOWING IS COURTESY OF THE K.I. SAWYER HERITAGE AIR MUSEUM.

In 1954 the government entered into negotiations with Marquette County for Sawyer's lease. After several months of meetings and negotiations a 99 year lease was signed on January 24, 1955. Construction started almost immediately. Approximately 850 people were employed during the construction.

Situated on over 5,200 acres of land in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base was one of the newest major U.S. bases built by the Air Force. Utilizing the world-class air facilities located at Sawyer, aircraft operators have access to an all weather runway 12,300 feet long and 300 feet wide.

The last aircraft assigned to Sawyer were six T-37B jet trainers of the 71st Flying Training Wing assigned to the ''Accelerated Copilot Enrichment Program'' in 1977 and are presently assigned to the ''Companion Trainer Program'' under the 410th Bomb Wing and the Air Combat Command.

On June 1, 1995, an Inactivation Ceremony was held. By August of 1995 the Base Deactivation Ceremony took place. The last B-52H left K. I. Sawyer in November of 1994. The nineteen B-52H's from the 410th Bomb Wing were relocated to Barksdale Air Force Base and Minot Air Force Base and became part of the 2nd and 5th Bomb Wings. K. I. Sawyer closed on September 30, 1995.


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