I started at Nellis in 1980, Oct 29. Worked blk 10 and 10A ,first wipe on 79-0370, 79-0358 and 79-0365 until Sep 1984. TDY to Hawaii in 81, Cold Lake 82, awesome food there,Puerto Rico 83, Key West 83 Bentwaters 84 and others to Luke, Holloman and I know there's one more someplace! Moved to The Kun in 84 crewed 80-0570 the whole year. Went TDY to the P.I. (nice time there!)and Okinawa. Left Kun in 84 for Bergstom in Austin Tx. I worked R&R/ Crash Recovery on those nasty F-4's. What a move from electric jet to the manual flight controls. I volunteered for the Kun again and got it (much to my surprise!) in 88. Spent 2 yrs there and seperated. Went onto work for The Navy at Miramar's Topgun School and VF-126. They had Blk 30 smallmouth with no gun. Flew the crap out of those jets. Now I am a humble civil servant at Hill. We kinda Crew Chief there.
This was an awesome jet. I used to bargain quarters from pilots winnings it was such a good bombing jet, not to mention it's accuracy with the gun. Had a pilot change the rounds counter, I told him he didn't need to do that if HE could shoot, turned out he got busted for too many hits in the rag!
Did some work on F-18's at Miramar after they gave away the 16's. F-18's are not as reliable as a 16 is, don't let anybody try to fool ya. Also worked some sheetmetal on the mighty Hercules.
Good times at the Kun
MSgt. John Hoade Jr. (ret.),
Jun 14, 2008 - 12:39 AM
Hey Rus. Is your wife still going upside your head with the pump-heel shoes when you come home late?
My Nellis Friend and fellow Minnesotian
Jul 04, 2009 - 03:51 AM
Still got the Red Honda? The Big Red Ford is gone, would like to get back in touch with you, often tell my wife of our adventures. Called every Nelson around Glenwood; without luck
"Nothing flies as great as 358!"
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