many years the 4758th DSES through its many guises provided a threat
simulation mission. After the unit was merged into the 17th DSES
the new unit along with others like the 134th DSES (Vermont ANG)
provided for the mission. By the mid 1980s most of those units
were also disbanded, or changed missions. The
4758th DSES is long gone, but the mission still lives on. The United
States Army's TSMO fulfills a very similar mission mainly with the use
of former Soviet Union aircraft. The unit is headquarters at
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. While Biggs AAF provides a major hub
for aviation there are also operations at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Fort
Polk, Louisiana , Kirtland AFB, New Mexico and Nevada's Tonopah Range,
some of those using former Soviet Union electronics and ground
vehicles. The organization operates the Antonov An-2 "Colt", Mil Mi-2 "Hoplite", Mi-8/Mi-17 "Hip", Mi-24 "Hind" and Kamov Ka-32 "Helix". At
various times there have been other airframes observed at Biggs such as
the Mi-4 "Hound".
The designations are the ones used by the
design bureau responsible for the design, but the names are NATO
names. It would be interesting to know what the Russians call
An-2 is not an uncommon site in the skies over Biggs. While it is
big lumbering beast that takes forever to make a circuit of the field,
it is also a very capable airframe.
The first two photos show an An-2 serialed
910074 at, this has been reported to be a US Army serial of
"91-0074". In fact all of these airframes supposedly have U.S.
serial numbers. Though that is somewhat suspect I will use them
on this web site. Both of these photos were taken at the El Paso
International Airport in the mid 1990s.
The third photo is of "91-6555" at an open
house on Biggs in 1997.
The last two photos are of "91-22258", with
the first one at the 1999 Amigo Airshow on Biggs and the second at
Holloman AFB in 2002.
This Mi-2 is identified as "41532". It was on display at the
There are several Mi-8 airframes at Biggs, though I do not know
many are airworthy at any given time. An unidentified Mi-8T on
display at Biggs in 1997. The tail number does not show up well
enough to read on the slide. It appears to be "120XX". It
never occurred to me to write it down, but the serial is possibly
The first two photos show an
Mi-24P variously identified as
"91-22270", "92-2270" and even "74-22270". No matter what
the serial, it is an attractive paint scheme. The first photo
dates from 1997 and the second from 2004.
The second Hind is an Mi-24D reported to be "88-0616".
The two photos are from 1997 and 2003.
As with many military aircraft
the Hinds sported nose art
at various times. The first two were carried by 88-0616 in 1997.
The quality of the photo is poor, but the left side artwork is of the
"Tasmanian Devil". 22270 carried a vulture with the name
"Patience" in 1997.
This Ka-32 is marked
"00218". I t was on display at the 1999 Amigo Airshow.
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