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NEWS | Sept. 28, 2021

149th Fighter Wing hosts Spouse Taxi program

By Staff Sgt. Ryan Mancuso 149th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Spouses of 149th Fighter Wing members got the chance to taxi in an F-16 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Sept. 21.

The 149th Fighter Wing, a unit of the Texas Air National Guard stationed in San Antonio, offered spouses of its active duty and Guard service members the opportunity to experience a fighter aircraft by suiting up and climbing into the cockpit for a high-speed taxi down the runway as part of the Spouse Taxi program.

The spouses don the appropriate equipment, are secured into the back seats of the jets and are taxied down the runway at speeds just below those required for the jet to take off.

Although the jets never make it off the ground during spouse taxis, each participant was able to experience the view from the cockpit as the jet accelerated down the flight line.