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 MSgt. Tim "Curly" Kimsey (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Tim Kimsey (Ret.)
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Crewing F-16s from 1980 until 2001
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Crew Chief (Swings mostly). Started out on F-4 at Eglin and ended up back at Eglin as a Pro Super. Retired in 2001 and became the Airfield Manager at Duke Field (Eglin AUX Field 3).

After leaving Eglin I went to Nellis (crewed 79-0367 in the 428th). Was supposed to PCS to Ramstien instead I got diverted to Lakenheath and did 4 years on F-111's (71-0888 Trips to Win and 74-0177 Ghostrider). RAF Lakenheath was a great time in my career. Lots of hard work but great crew chiefs and some good deployments to Spain and Turkey made up for the weather. PCS'ed to Hill in the 4th FS and crewed 80-0480. Went to the Kun.....lovely Kunsan AB Korea (35 FS and crewed 86-0293). Managed to end up back where I started......sunny Florida at Eglin AFB

Current or Favourite assignment

Eglin, Nellis, Lakenheath, Hill, Kunsan, Eglin

Deployments

Eldorado Canyon

My Jets & Assignments

78054 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 46th Test Wing [Unit History]
Period 1980 - 1983
Current: AAFG0329   F-16A Block 5 [scr]
79367 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 474th Tactical Fighter Wing [Unit History]
Period 1983 - 1986
Current: 79367  USAF 474 TFW F-16A Block 10 [w/o]
F-111 Aardvark
Unit RAF Lakenheath
Period 1986 - 1991
Talk about a beast. The F-111F was a beast of an aircraft to work. Long hours and rain complicated things. Met some great crew chiefs and the deployments from there were interesting for sure.
80480 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 388th Fighter Wing [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1993
Current: AAFG0199  USAF AMARC F-16A Block 10 [sto]
Was good to be off F-111's for a change but the Utah climate and I did not agree. You know it's cold if de-icing fluid freezes. I ended up in the middle of 2 rows of F-16's on the 388th ramp. Just a normal engine run at 0300L after a throttle cable change. No biggie ....I got this.
86293 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 8th Fighter Wing "Wolf Pack" [Unit History]
Period 1993 - 1994
Current: 86293  USAF 18 AGRS F-16C Block 30 [act]
1 hell of a year. Worked with some great Crew Chiefs on swings. Many 12 hours shifts but we always found time to have a few beers to warm your hands up after the bike ride back to the dorms.
Unit 46th Test Wing [History]
Period 1994 - 2001
Had made TSgt and MSgt so I was a .Flight Chief and a Pro Super before I retired.

Visitor Comments

The Kun
MSgt Kirk Shultz, May 24, 2017 - 06:26 PM

Tim, I think we worked together at the kun (Aug 93 - Aug 94). Yea, good year and good times! Cheers, Brother.

Kirk

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