U.S. Border Patrol Deming NM HQ Helps FASF Clean Runway

Bob Wright, FASF Airfield Security Chief, hooks up the new U.S. Border Patrol Designed Runway Weed Drag assembly.

The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Headquarters (HQ) in Deming, NM volunteered to help us keep our 1st Aero Airfield clear of weeds and other dangerous desert overgrowth by assembling one of their dirt roadway drags, which they use regularly to keep their network of special USBP dirt roads clear on their daily area sweeps.  USBP HQ Officer Jeffrey Northrup coordinated the project and Field Officer Ivan Lechuga and his crew assembled and then delivered the drag to the Airfield.  The drag is made of two large heavyweight used truck tires (see above) attached to the tow chain by large welded steel plates placed inside each tire and directly connected to the chain itself through holes drilled in the front center of each tire.

                                  Bob starts out on his first drag with the new terrain clearing tire drag.

Heading to the West at full throttle, Bob picks up speed.  All of these photos can be seen full size by clicking on them.

Bob noticed that a plume of dirt rose up inside each truck tire and entered the inside of the tires, filling them with dirt and increasing both their weight – and efficiency – as he progressed.   If you click to enlarge the above photo, and look closely, you will see that dirt wave immediately above the tire closest to the camera as it enters the tire itself.

This shot shows both the Airfield Windsock (above and behind Bob’s Jeep), and the town of Columbus in the background to the Northwest, with the city’s landmark historic black water tower to the left above the trail of dust.

The FASF wants to take this opportunity to again thank the Deming HQ USBP station and its officers Northrup and Lechuga for their generous public community service contribution towards helping the Foundation keep its runway clear of dangerous weed and tree growth through the use of its newly fabricated roadway/runway drag unit.  We also want to thank Bob Wright for donating the use of his Jeep, the gas – and time – it took to accomplish this major runway maintenance project, the first time it’s been done since the initial grading and restoration of the old Columbus Municipal East-West runway itself in 2013,  Further views, including aerial, of the newly cleaned runway and other volunteer restoration projects at the historic Airfield will appear in upcoming new posts to the FASF website.

All FASF on site projects since 2013 have been done by the FASF’s dedicated staff of volunteers from Columbus, Deming, Santa Teresa, Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, Texas.


2 thoughts on “U.S. Border Patrol Deming NM HQ Helps FASF Clean Runway

  1. klee-pjp88029 – Luna County, NM, 88029 – Just an aging, very independent woman who has never feared expressing her ideas, thoughts, perceptions and questions in life. Oftentimes seen as obnoxious, offensive, and opinionated; especially by those who value being polite and non-confrontational over speaking up and fighting their own battles. (It has been my observations that most of Trump supporters are of this ilk; they admire him because they want him to say and do what they dare not; for that would reveal their true colors.) I learned in high school that life is not an ongoing popularity contest; If you live that way, people only know your false self; never your real persona. I respect all others rights to hold their own beliefs and live their lives the way they choose...as long as they/we are bringing no harm to others and consider their actions in relation to Mother Earth and all of her glorious creations. Just please don't expect or make me (via your personal religious belief based legislations) be the same as you and demean my life's journey in the process. Autonomy over my body, mind, and being means as much to me in my life as it does to you and yours. Namaste' klee (pronounced: kay-lee)
    Karen Lee

    How Nice, by the BP and Bob Wright.

    1. RIC – Webmaster for FirstAeroSquadronFoundation's (FASF) website. Also the CEO of the 501C(c)(3) aviation history-oriented FASF non-profit, which is dedicated to the Birth Place of American Airpower and Rebirth Place of American Civil Aviation in 1916 & 1917 in Columbus, NM.

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for your input. 🙂


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