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 SSgt. Jay Murray

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Name SSgt. Jay Murray
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Unit 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Black Falcons"
Crewing F-16s from 1981 until 1988
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Crewed 79-0429 as an assistant, and 79-0404 (my 1st dedicated jet) then 80-0474 as the wing commander's crew chief in 1983. 1984 reassigned to Hill AFB, UT where I was the crew chief on 82-0973 from 1984-87 then reassigned to MAT to teach F-16 maintenance 1987 -1988 when I left the military.

Current or Favourite assignment

One of the 1st operational combat units using the F-16. Plus stationed at Nellis in Las Vegas.

Deployments

Bentwaters AB England, Cold Lake Canada, Brekstad AB Norway

My Jets & Assignments

79429 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Black Falcons" [Unit History]
Period 1981 - 1982
Current: AAFG0387  USAF AMARC F-16B Block 10 [sto]
This plane was used by the Thunderbirds as their trainer until they got their own. Great pic of it leading 2 Thunderbird A models in takeoff formation. "The rest follow the best" was the caption below the pic on the wall in the AMU.
79404 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Black Falcons" [Unit History]
Period 1982 - 1982
Current: 79-0404   F-16A Block 10 [pre]
80474 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Black Falcons" [Unit History]
Period 1983 - 1983
Current: 80474   F-16A Block 10 [i/a]
This was the 474 TFW's wing commander's jet.
82973 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" [Unit History]
Period 1984 - 1987
Current: AAFG0257  USAF AMARC F-16A Block 15 ADF [sto]

Visitor Comments

Another 429th Crew chief
Brad Halfhill, May 22, 2010 - 03:33 AM

Hi Jay, I got to Nellis circa September '80. Was in on the F-4 transition and did my last 6 mos there assigned to the 474 EMS Phase shop. I remember the Bentwaters and Cold Lake deployments.

34th
Bob, Dec 13, 2014 - 05:13 AM

Jay, whats happenin?? Where you at ???now days. Nobody believes my story about the FUN BUNCH. I'm here at Hill as civil servant.

Jay, Jun 13, 2015 - 01:22 AM

Hey Bob, not too much, I live in NJ and own a business. Yea they were some fun times. I think my ex still lives in Utah. :(

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