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 MSgt. Dale "Linus, Appleman" Larson (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Dale Larson (Ret.)
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Unit 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The World's Finest"
Crewing F-16s from 1981 until 2006
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I was Station at
4787 ABGP/MATS Duluth MN on T-33A (57-0698) 1 Yr
50th TFW/313th AMU Hahn AB West Germany F-16A (80-0543,80-0561) 2 yrs
509 BW/OMS Pease AFB NH FB-111A (68-0168) 1 Yr
56 TFTW/62AMU McDill AFB FL F-16B (78-0115, 79-0495) 2+ yrs
50 TFW/496th AMU Hahn AB Germany F-16D (84-1325) 4 Yrs + 1 was a member of the block 40 test team where I crewed and was the first Crew Chief of 87-1351.
388 TFW/34AMU/FS Hill AFB UT F-16D (88-0168) 2+ yrs
51FW/51 MS/TA/Crash Recovery 1 Yr
56 FW/62FS/21FS (F-16D 84-1396/F-16B 93-0825) 5+ yrs
51 FW/51 OSS/FOD NCO
27 FW/428FS/AMU Singaporean Block 50 as APG laison 3+years
8FW/80th AMU 1 Yr
56FW/63 AMU 1.3 yrs

1 Yr T33As
1 Yr FB-111As
24 Yrs F-16s block 10,15,20,25,30,40 and 50s

Current or Favourite assignment

The 50 TFW/496th AMU was a great assigment because of the people, and the area. I lived off base with my own car and drove to many wonderful places in Germany. I enjoyed all the WTDs to ZZA, "The Lik" and Corsica. West Germany/Germany was a great place to be at during that time in world history; the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunited Germanies are events I will never forget.

Deployments

9 times to Spain (ZZA and Maron), 3 time to Turkey (Incirlik), Saudi, Corsica, Guam, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and many state side bases.

My Jets & Assignments

80543 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lucky Puppies" [Unit History]
Period 1981 - 1982
Current:   F-16A Block 15 ADF [pre]
The first F-16 I ever crewed as an assistant Crew Chief.
80563 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 313th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Lucky Puppies" [Unit History]
Period 1982 - 1983
Current: 80563  USAF 82 TRW F-16A Block 15 ADF [i/a]
My first F-16 as the DCC.
78115 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 62nd Fighter Squadron "Spikes" [Unit History]
Period 1985 - 1986
Current: 990   F-16B Block 5 [sto]
I also crewed 80-0495 from 1986-1987 both of these jets were at McDill AFB FL at the time.
84325 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron "The World's Finest" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1991
Current: 84325  USAF 195 FS F-16D Block 25 [act]
This was my favorite F-16 I ever crewed. I was also part of the F-16 world wide block 40 test team during this time period. I crewed 87-1351 on the team as the very first Air Force Crew Chief on this jet. Great TDY.

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88168 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1993
Current: 88168  USAF 34 TFS F-16D Block 40 [w/o]
This is the only jet I crewed that crashed while I crewed her.
84396 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 62nd Fighter Squadron "Spikes" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1997
Current: 84396  USAF 309 FS F-16D Block 25 [act]
This jet was at Luke AFB AZ when the 62 FS move to Luke from McDill
93825 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 21st Fighter Squadron "The Gamblers" [Unit History]
Period 1997 - 1999
Current: 93825  USAF 21 FS F-16B Block 20 [act]
Tawain FMS squadron, F-16s with drag chutes.
Unit 428th Fighter Squadron "Buccaneers" [History]
Period 2000 - 2003
I was the APG liasion to the Singaporean AF
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [History]
Period 2003 - 2004
Unit 63rd Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [History]
Period 2004 - 2006
Other aircraft/assignments Crewed (TA), F-16, F-15, F-14, A-6, A-7, AV8B, F-18, C-12, C-21, C-22, C-5, C-130, 747, KC-135, C-141, A-10, B-57s, T-37 and many heliocopters. I also crewed FB-111As in NH and T-33As in Duluth MN.

Visitor Comments

496th TFS, World's Finest
Justin Ball, Jun 23, 2008 - 12:22 PM

Dear Dale Larson, Hi, I was at Hahn 1968/73, and worked on F-102A and F-4E's. I lived in Traben-Trarbach and married a beautiful girl. But, it is a great place to live, which I did, until 1987. Working for an American company, Max Factor co. was terrific.

Hahn
Kevin Kegler, Nov 19, 2014 - 05:43 AM

Not sure if you remember me, I believe you used to live in Barenbach? You drove a low mileage Jimmy, or Bronco? Do I have the right Dale Larson?

496th
Tim Thompson, Dec 03, 2014 - 04:45 AM

Hey Dale, Remember bunnie hunting in the eagle, and stealing Humvees on weekend duty? Wonder if the statutes of limitations on that has expired yet? Hope life has treated you well my friend.

Luke AFB
Ryan Jump, Jan 05, 2015 - 05:18 AM

I was at Luke AFB 56 CES from 92-96. I lived on Cambridge Avenue in Avondale. I think we were neighbors if I found the right Dale. Let me know.

Dudes
Mark Yates, May 26, 2016 - 01:46 PM

Dale, Kevin, and Tim.

I know you can't forget my ugly ass. Send me an e-mail and let's get together.

Hahn AB 313th
ironramper, Oct 11, 2016 - 04:42 AM

I had 80-0555 in 81-82 until I went to the 10th in April 82. Dave Clark was my ADCC. Still in contact with quite a few folks from Hahn. I have a 50th AGS FB if your not already a member. I was Kevin's RO and we're both from the same hometown!

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