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Last National Guard Flight Leaves Fargo

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It was a tough morning for the North Dakota Air National Guard.

The last airplane took off from it's base in Fargo just before noon, ending the unit's 65 years of flying missions.

The 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, was founded in 1947 and has been one of the most decorated and honored units in the country.

Since losing the F-16 fighter jet at the end of 2006, the base has been flying lear jets. It was supposed to be a bridge to the new transport plane, but the Air Force canceled the program.

The more than 1,000 Happy Hooligans will now focus on flying predator drones and prepare for their new mission as an intelligence targeting group.  

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