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 MSgt. Louis "Bubba" Cardenas (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Louis Cardenas (Ret.)
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats"
Crewing F-16s from 1979 until 1999
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I started out at Hill AFB, Utah 388th TFW 16th TFTS Golden Tomahawks 9/79--12/81. First active duty training squadron, MOT&E everywhere. A lot of General dynamic's personnel assisting. 78-0009 was my first aircraft. LTC Cloud was my first pilot. Volunteered to go to Kunsan AB, ROK. Had 80-0534 enjoyed being part of the WOLF PACK 8th TFW 80th TFS 12/81--12/82. By volunteering for the ROK, got MacDill AFB as my third assignment. 56th TTW, 62th TFTS 12/82--6/87. 80-0493 kept it clean and got alot of code "1" out of it. Wanted overseas again got Misawa AB, 432th TFW 14th TFS 6/87--6/92 got 85-1566 with @25 hours on it. Had a great time on this jet, a lot of engine work!!! Due to its good stats (my work Ha Ha) got to go to Cope Thunder/Combat Sage alot and Cobra Gold 88, final TDY was to Singapore Commando Sling92. Went on to Holloman AFB from there to the F-117A. 6/92--9/96. Final F-16 assignment was Osan AB, 51FW 36th FS 9/96--9/97, as A Section Flightchief. Did not like the desk job!!! launched my last F-16 @ july/97. Returned to Holloman until 4/99. retired from the USAF 20years. currently at Dallas/Fort Worth airport "DFW". Avionics Dept for American Airlines. Retired from American Airlines 22 October 2015. After 36 years in aircraft maintenance. Will miss the team work and joy of putting JETS in the AIR.

My Jets & Assignments

78009 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit N/A
Period 1979 - 1981
Current: 78009  USAF 127 TFTS F-16A Block 1 [w/o]
It was great to start at Hill AFB because the f-16 was brand new and we all learned from General.Dynamics personnel. my first jet 78-009. also worked on 78-119 a Belgian jet for a few months.
80534 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1981 - 1982
Current: 777   F-16A Block 10 [sto]
80493 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 62nd Fighter Squadron "Spikes" [Unit History]
Period 1983 - 1987
Current: AAFG0179  USAF AMARC F-16A Block 10 [sto]
85566 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 14th Fighter Squadron "Samurais" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1992
Current: AAFG0634  USAF AMARC F-16C Block 30 [sto]
became an expeditor
F-117 Nighthawk
Unit 49th FW 416th FS which became 8th FS Blacksheep
Period 1992 - 1996
became a pro super
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [History]
Period 1996 - 1997
A Flt Flightchief for the 51 FW/ 36 FS 9/96--9/97
F-117 Nighthawk
Period 1997 - 1999
returned to being a pro super retired@ 20 years

Visitor Comments

Hey Louis..
Msgt Corey Wade, Jan 06, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Hi Louis, I remember you from the 14th, I was there '90-'93. I'm still crewin 16s in the Guard. Had a good time at Misawa, good base to be stationed and enjoyed the tdys from there.

F- 16 Gurus
G String Hill AFB, Jan 11, 2014 - 05:37 AM

I can not believe how fast times have gone by. I heard your with the Airlines, retire AF got my knees replaced moving on, will be sixty 1 year crazy.

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