Worked F-16s my entire life... in fact i used to have a little F-16 toy when i was growing up.. it started the fascination... at MEPS when they asked what job i wanted... i told them i wanted to work on the F-16.. the started at me slack jaw for a little bit.. "you mean a crew chief?" what's that? "he's the guy that owns the acft, does inspections, and follows it where ever it goes" yeah... i wanna do that
Saudi once for Southern Watch...
my unit was denied Turkey on 2 occasions
then Iraq 3 times
Spent a TDY in Bulgaria looking at MiG-21 and -29s up close
I got replaced as DCC as a senior airman by a staff cross training from the marines. his first engine install was on my... i mean, his acft.. he left the crush seals out of the bleed air ducts. luckily the pilot was a lite colonel and knew the engine had been changed recently and didn't punch the tanks when the fire and over heat light came on.
turned it into the MXG jet and shared it with the group commander, the now General Davis. She was a code one flying beautifully tailored and uniquely customized bird. and then some random zippered suited wannabe sun god crashed it cause he didn't know how to fly. he lost control of the D model with a centreline tank after refuelling... he fought all the way till he punched out... immediately upon exiting the acft, she began to level out and fly right... it's rumoured she landed in the water with the gear down and still awaits a canopy, seat, and a splash of fuel for her next sortie
she arrived at Homestead to replace 380 after she crashed... she showed up dirty, but it only took a wash to have her sparkling clean... she got fixed up and I got the first incentive she gave at Homestead
the jet was a guard transfer from Duluth... it was their wing jet... had a BIG YELLOW cartoon bulldog on the tail flash.. it was nice cause you could see it in pattern... bad because it was now part of an aggressor squadron and it kinda sticks out... they were originally gonna paint it black and white.. fitting considering my callsign and i was stoked.. but supervision grew impatient waiting for the approval and had it painted desert.. i was slightly upset.. but more so when i went to pick it up from paint shop.. they didn't let the under coat dry before added the second brown... so the paint sagged under the new brown in waves and gobs.. the paint on top of the wings had already started to crack... and forget the 60 grit sand paper texture.. there were negative footprints on top of the aircraft where they had stepped while the paint was wet and peeled up the paint to primer.. it was also found on the stabs.. ON THE STABS!!! WHO THE F#$% IS STEPPING ON THE STABS?
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