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 SSgt. Rob Cartia

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Name SSgt. Rob Cartia
Crewing F-16s from 1992 until 1994
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1991-1994: I was a crew chief on F-16 aircraft stationed at Eglin AFB, FL.

1994-2002: I was a hydraulics specialist / trainer on KC-135 aircraft stationed at the 171st ARW, Pittsburgh, PA.

Current or Favourite assignment

Eglin AFB, is a test wing which means I was exposed to weapons that the rest of the Air Force had never seen before.


1993: I attended Red Flag at Hill AFB, UT.

I received an incentive ride in the back of 90-0835 Block 50 GE 129 from Holloman AFB, NM to Eglin AFB, FL in 1.7 hrs. This experience was intense! We broke mach, flew inverted, and pulled 6 Gs.

My Jets & Assignments

78097 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
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Current: 78097   F-16B Block 1 [des]
My supervisor, Jack Pfiester, was a perfectionist and demanded excellence from me. His vision was for me to be better as compared to all the airmen I arrived with. He would constantly cut my safety wire so I would do the task quicker.
90835 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
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Current: 90835  USAF 416 FLTS F-16D Block 50 [act]
I received an incentive flight in this aircraft from Hollomon to Eglin in 1.7 hrs. on 10/26/94.
Other aircraft/assignments KC-135
F-18 (recovered at Eglin)

Visitor Comments

jack pfiester
jim jackson, Jul 08, 2010 - 05:01 AM

My cousin was a Jack Pfiester do you have any information on his death

and was a crew chief. Was the one you talk about from Loveland oh and was a crew an

Jack Pfiester IV
Jack Pfiester V, Feb 14, 2011 - 02:40 AM

I am Jack Pfiester's son. I would be interested in contacting anyone who knew him.

Jack Pfiester
Rob Cartia, Dec 09, 2018 - 01:49 AM

I worked for Jack while at Eglin AFB. Jack was a constant professional who carried a high level of confidence with the work he did. Jack was known as the go-to guy.

I heard a few years back that he had passed away; I was very saddened to hear this... he impacted my life and I carry some of his traits that I learned from him in my current role as a COO.

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