My first and favorite jet. I crewed her through the full first portion of the conformal fuel tank tests. From when she had just the dummy shapes on, through the Peace Zena III tests with the full comformals, 600 gal wing tanks and lazer guided bombs. Talk about some hot brakes, she blew thermal plugs regularly, they liked to fly her with externals full with lockout keys installed and safty wired in. For eglin guys this is SOP but with 3k extra fuel with conformals it was a problem. Now she has a switch in the cockpit to lock out externals.
I gotta say I love this jet. Just before i came to Eglin, this jet just got back from depot and was an absolute mess. Shortly though it was back on the line looking good. Felt kinda lucky to get seeing as though it was the only CFT jet we have. It does flutter as well but i have yet to see it. Spent hours upon hours cleaning and meshing parts to get the jet looking good. She flew great from the time I got to Eglin til November when a "certain pilot" code 3'd her for fuel imbalance on approach. Now shes down for a wing change and will return to FMC shortly, after she gets a new paint job that is.