I was assigned to the 388th TFW at Hill AFB in 1980. I worked on F-16's in the 34th and later 421st AMUs. I was later assigned to the 388th Headquarters Squadron and worked in the MACC until the fall of 1982, when I was assigned to beautiful Kunsan Air Base in the wonderful Republic of Korea. I spent a year there as part of the 8th TFW, 35th AMU as a crew chief, having decided to return to the flightline and leave the dark and cozy world of the command post.
In 1983 I returned stateside and was sent to Edwards Air Force Base, where aviation history is in the air. I spent a lot of time drinking. I also participated in the early development of the two major weapons systems--the LANTIRN project and the F-16C, as well as what was then called NAVSTAR Global Positioning System but is now known simply as "GPS."
This was the first single seat F-16 to be LANTIRN capable. It was a test F-16A. Along with two F-16Bs it comprised the LANTIRN test unit from 1984 to 85. Many "firsts" regarding the use of the LANTIRN pods were recorded by this aircraft.
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