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 MSgt. Robert "Tip" Tipton (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Robert Tipton (Ret.)
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Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron
Crewing F-16s from 1991 until 2013
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Started crewing F-16s in Misawa, Japan with the 13th AMU. Since then, I've worked crash/recovery at Holloman on the F-117, Phase Dock at Osan, crewed F-16s again from 1998-2003 at Eglin with the 39th and 40th FTS. Went to go teach at Aviano as an F-16 FTD Instructor. My final assignment was at Elmendorf working 3 AMXS Squadron Staff for the two F-22 AMUs.

My Jets & Assignments

85498 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 13th Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1994
Current: 85498  USAF 457 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
I started out as the 3rd Wipe under Jason Johnson and J.J.Jones. Loved this bird. J.J. and I got our incentive flights when this 'ol gal won the 5-Star award in 1992.
78102 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 1999
Current: 78102   F-16B Block 5 [i/a]
This was the first F-16 that I was ever the DCC on. My ADCC was Mike Roberts, and we named this one Mrs. Robinson. Mikey is the finest F-16 crew chief I've ever known, and could field-strip an F-16 blindfolded!
88469 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 39th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 1999 - 2001
Current: 88469  USAF 152 FS F-16C Block 42 [act]
Loved this bird! She had a history shrouded in mystery--several years unaccounted for out in the "black world."
98004 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 40th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2001
Current: 98004  USAF 85 TES F-16C Block 50 [act]
The first block 50 MMC F-16 we got on the ET side at Eglin.
80609 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 40th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2003
Current: 80609   F-16A Block 15 [i/a]
This was the "Wing King's" F-16. I crewed this with my ADCC, Dan Rodriguez--a fine assistant who I hand-picked for the job.
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [History]
Period 1997 - 1998
Worked Phase Dock while at Osan.
Unit FTD Instructor
Period 2003 - 2008
Loved this job!
F-22 Raptor
Unit 3 AMXS
Period 2008 - 2011
Squadron Staff
F-117 Nighthawk
Unit 49th MXS
Period 1994 - 1997
Worked A/R and Crash/Recovery here.
Other aircraft/assignments F-117s at Holloman AFB, NM
F-16 FTD Instructor at Aviano AB, Italy
F-22 Squadron Staff

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