Neighbors remember Fairchild KC-135 co-pilot

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 3:11 PM

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- People who knew Air Force Captain Victoria Pinckney said she was very out going.

Pinckney died Friday, May 3rd near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan in the crash of a KC-135.  She was based out of Fairchild Air Force Base.

Mary Wright watched Pinckney grow up in Palmdale, California. She lived next door to her for 10 years. Wright said it did not surprise her when Pinckney decided to serve in the Air Force.

“I believe she got her pilots license when she was 16 and she used to practice and she would fly out over our houses here in Palmdale,” said Wright.

Pinckney graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in systems and space engineering and a master’s in psychology.

She then became a captain and was the co-pilot of the KC-135 when it went down.

Fairchild Wing Commander Colonel Brian Newberry said he flew with Pinckney on one of his first missions as the Operations Group Commander in Manas, Krygyzstan.

“Not only was she a fine Airmen, but she was a mom. She was one of the first team members of Team Fairchild that I learned was pregnant and I got to experience baby pictures and I remember all the happiness that she had,” said Colonel Newberry.

Pinckney leaves behind a husband, a 7-month-old son, and her parents.
 

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