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 TSgt. Thomas "tommyp" Prestwood (Ret.)

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Name TSgt. Thomas Prestwood (Ret.)
Unit 311th Fighter Squadron "Sidewinders"
Crewing F-16s from 1987 until 2002
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My maintenane career began in 1979 at Homestead AFB, FL. I was first assigned to the 306TFTS, --aircraft of choice 'F4D'. In 1983 I received an assignment to the 86TFW at Ramstein AB, Germany. Was a great assignment, was there for the conversion from F4E to the F16. Worked in the 86TFW/MAT and helped the F16 cadre team beddown the new falcons.

Was later assigned to my first Falcon.

Current or Favourite assignment

My first F16 was a B model 78-0096. It was a great jet, very reliable. It flew a great deal of code 1 missions, and the Pratt and Whitney powerplant hardly ever came out. The thing that made the 311 AMU so cool was that it had a hand in supporting the foreign training mission. It was not uncommon to help a Danish pilot strapin one day and a Thai pilot the next. Just an all around good time. Top fit.


While at Homestead deployed to Griffis AFB, NY., where we flew our Phantoms against the old F106 Delta darts. Both jets belong to history now.

My Jets & Assignments

78096 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 311th Fighter Squadron "Sidewinders" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1990
Current: 78096   F-16B Block 1 [i/a]
87336 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 480th Fighter Squadron "Warhawks" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1992
Current: 87336  USAF 100 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]

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86274 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1993 - 1994
Current: 86274  USAF 35 TFS F-16C Block 30 [w/o]
Other aircraft/assignments Had the 'groote plezier' to work in the 311 squadron at Volkel Air Base, Netherlands. Worked as a contract maintainer for the Royal Netherlands Air Force from 2000 till 2002. Can say without a doubt that their system was the best I've ever seen. A true pleasure.

Visitor Comments

Dan Fowler, Aug 09, 2017 - 03:00 AM

Tom!? Are you my "Tom" from Luke AFB 87-90?

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