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 MSgt. Joe "Bagadonuts" DeLaFuente

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Name MSgt. Joe DeLaFuente
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Unit USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds"
Crewing F-16s from 1990 until 2003
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1990-91 80 TFS/80 AMU Juvats
1991-94 422 TES/Green Bats (57 AGS)
1994-95 80 FS Juvats
1995-00 39/40 FTS
2000-03 USAFADS (Thunderbirds)
2003-05 388 AMXS/34 AMU
2005-06 8 MXG/8 MOS QA
2006-Present 46 AMXS (Flt Chf/Desk Jockey)

My Jets & Assignments

86353 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1990 - 1991
Current: 86353  USAF 182 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
First ever TDY was, ironically anyones last to the PI. Everything you've ever heard about that place is true and they're probably leaving a lot out...
89059 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1994
Current: 89059  USAF 422 TES F-16C Block 42 [w/o]
Crewed a sh*tload of acft while here. First one tragically crashed and the pilot was killed.
84284 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1994
Current: 84284  USAF 309 FS F-16C Block 25 [act]
One of several A-16 test acft painted in green camo config...overall a filthy hog, but a good flyer...
87307 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1994
Current: 87307  USAF 64 AGRS F-16C Block 32 [act]
One of my favorite tails! Clean, code 1 flyin' bird...
89100 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1994
Current: 89100  USAF 152 FS F-16C Block 42 [act]
Another fine specimen from the Lockheed plant...
86320 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1995
Current: 86320  USAF 18 AGRS F-16C Block 30 [act]
I was the assistant, but basically took care of it. Got it down to a black letter initial before I PCS'd...
82037 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 1995 - 2000
Current: 82037  USAF 39 FTS F-16B Block 15 [w/o]
Ironically another jet that fell prey to the crash gods. Fortunately both crew escaped. ACES II, "thrust you can trust"! Interesting story about this one the week after they salvaged it from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico...
81761 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 40th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 1995 - 2000
Current: 81761   F-16A Block 15 ADF [i/a]
Old ADF model and incidentally one of my favorites to crew. Though she never won any "high flyer" for the month awards she consistantly posted code 1's. Powered by a PW200...gotta luv "buc starts" and evenings on the trim pad; ooou baby!
87313 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" [Unit History]
Period 2000 - 2003
Current: 87313  USAF 64 AGRS F-16C Block 32 [act]
7 Load during the 01 show season...that's about the only good thing I can say about her...
87325 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit USAF - Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" [Unit History]
Period 2000 - 2003
Current: 87325   F-16C Block 32 [scr]
2 Load for the 01 season and not a bad hunk'a aluminum and rivets...
Other aircraft/assignments Left the Team in 03 for Hill and crewed 88-0430 for a spell before moving up to crewing the expediter truck. Left there in 05 headed back to Kunsan and did the QA bit for a year. Now back at Eglin pullin' Flt Chief duties...

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