Great Falls Tribune: Tester tours MANG's 'Hush House'

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., smiled Thursday morning as a 9,300-horsepower jet engine reached the full afterburner stage only a few dozen feet away. Less than 30 minutes later, he helped to bore-sight a 20-millimeter rotating gun on an F-15 fighter jet.

These experiences were just part of Tester’s nearly two-hour stop at the Montana Air National Guard base on Gore Hill.

Tester said he stopped at the base to reacquaint himself with the Guard and to learn more about the twin-engine F-15s, on which MANG recently was certified fully mission capable following a transition from the F-16.

Tester said he always is impressed by the airmen at MANG whenever he gets to visit with them.

“They just do an incredible job,” he said. “These folks, they’re perfectionists. … We’re in good hands.”

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