Gowen Field reveals new aircraft artwork


BOISE, Idaho — Boise’s Gowen Field hosted a special celebration on Monday. The Skull Bangers, a nickname for the 190th Fighter Squadron, have been based in Boise since 1946.

The Skull Bangers have flown a variety of aircraft over the years, but on Monday, they piloted the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The squadron also unveiled new aircraft artwork to honor the 75th anniversary of the Skull Bangers and the community that supports them.

« It truly is an obligation that we always be mindful of where we’ve come and all the men and women that have served our nation and our state over the years, » said Col. Shannon Smith, 124th Fighter Wing Commander. « So it’s fitting to honor this and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than with this heritage paint job all the way from World War II. »

The 190th Fighter Squadron has flown seven different aircraft, starting with the legendary P-51 Mustang after World War II.

« We’re in this together, we’re part of Idaho, and we’re happy to share, » said Col. Smith. :A beautiful day to kick this off and remember our 75 years of heritage and we’re looking forward over the next year to share it with the community. »