Pranks pulled on newbies in the squadron

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2005, 22:00
by ThunderGrunt
THis has probably been posted before but im new to the site and just curious to find out some of the pranks that have been pulled on newbies in your squadron.

For me I got temporarly Assinged to a helo squadron as a Aerial Gunner/Observer?Crew Chief Slave/ and Pilot Caddy on Golf Wednesday's. so anyways we just landed back @ Camp Pendelton after some Gunnery Exercises over @ 29 Palms, Inflight we had a COMMO ISSUE :lol:

So I was told to go to the Line Shack and find the Line Chief to get a PRC-E7 (Prick) in the Infantry a Prick (PRC) is a Radio system PRC-77, PRC-119 so I bit the line guys sent me all over the place, finally after about an 1 1/2 hours I found a Gunny (E-7). I said "hey Gunny I need a Prick E7" and he Flipped out and had me shining water fountains and making coffee for ever.
So I finally get to leave go back to the line with no PRC-E7 to find the bird all tied up and night crew doing their intial checks, and found out that there is NO PRC-E7 on a CH-46 and I got gooned. went to the E club that night and found the whole crew there and I had to buy the first round. Lets hear them

RE: Newbie Fun

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 17:34
by Habu
You never had to go get 100 ft. of flightline? Or habout a gallon of propwash? :P

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 17:40
by Flounder
I used to enjoy putting brake dust or molly-B on a newbies headset and mouth piece, left black rings around his ears and mouth.

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 19:21
by elp
Hey kid, get me a vortex generator down here asap. :)

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 21:58
by Habu

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 23:00
by FlightTestJim
An oldie, but a goodie, once played out perfectly on our new Maintenance Officer (he had a degree in Forestry--go figure the connection).

"Hey Lieutenant, could you help us out tonight? We’d really appreciate your assistance with an echo check that has to be done since we put in the new engine on dayshift. The Sonic Transmitter Unit for Precision Interferometer Detection is out for calibration, and we need some help to do it manually. If you just stand here near the intake, lean past the heated strut, and transmit your voice at various octaves, the receiver set in the nozzle section will be able to detect any loose rivets, blades, or bearings in the motor.

No, no sir. You need to yell a whole lot louder and try to keep the pitch perfect. No, we’re not laughing at you, honest.

That’s better. Now try a bit higher frequency.

Ooops, here comes the Wing King. Ah let’s save this check till he leaves Sir."

Unread postPosted: 06 Oct 2005, 23:44
by CajunMaintainer
Hey, we need you to air leak check those fuel panels. Blow on the pitot tube while your buddy squirt bubble solution on the panels. Thanks!

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 00:27
by vegasfalconfixer
Tell the noob you're going to perform an AMI ops check. He needs to blow as hard as he can on the pitot tube while you sit in the cockpit and watch the indicator move. We had a FNG run down the line with an open trash bag to collect air samples for the Bio-environmental folks. I got sent to support for a can of AIR and a bottle of K9P when I was a noob back in 96.

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 02:35
by ViperEnforcer
CajunMaintainer wrote:Hey, we need you to air leak check those fuel panels. Blow on the pitot tube while your buddy squirt bubble solution on the panels. Thanks!

Quite funny, as I can remember specs having one of thier female's doing the same thing, though they called it a pitot air sensor test. Quite funny, seeing her blow like that.

Another good one, having JEEPs do an "Echo" check down the intake, when the motor was out. I always liked that one.

Mike Valdez

Unread postPosted: 08 Oct 2005, 02:42
by F16z28
Another newbie and I were told to go to NDI to have our steel toe boots checked because they were handing out bad ones at Sheppard. After i stood in a large room with a lead plate over my waist so i could still have kids i was shown an x-ray pic with two boots and one of the toes cracked, which made me think it was for real. i had to wear a red tag back to the squadron and after an hour my flight chief couldnt take it anymore and as i stood at the snack bar i turned around to see the entire squadron getting a good laugh

Unread postPosted: 09 Oct 2005, 02:00
by Eggroll135R
We had a supply troop "help" us with a "radar tracking alignment" check during a TDY to the desert. We got a folding metal chair and told this gal hold it above her head on the centerline in front of the jet. Then we'd give her a thumbs up and tell her to move to the right and left to complete the "check".

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2005, 06:17
by MJ_FalconEgress
Send the newbie for the "Keys to aircraft XXXX". Tell him he should be able to pick them up at life support. Of course life support says they don't have them anymore and send him to MOC, who sends him to the AMU who sends him.... The bright ones don't get much farther than that, but the dumb ones can keep going all day.

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2005, 16:37
by Rocky_LC
I used to enjoy putting brake dust or molly-B on a newbies headset and mouth piece, left black rings around his ears and mouth.

We had some guys who were real pranksters, and they put black shoe polish on the headsets of both the A-Shopper in the cockpit, and the McAir Tech Rep (on the ground) of one of our F-15 Avioncs checks. Both guys had shoe polish all over their faces. Each one would look at the other , and just crack up laughing - neither knew that they looked just as bad. The McAir guy used to rub his headset on his shirt (unconscioulsy) - his shirt had big black stripes on it!

Everyone watching was just busting a gut.


Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2005, 06:32
by cchief16
i had my box hung over the top of haz in iraq about 100 feet over the groundheld by safety wire. SRA didnt like having his headset i guessed i deserved it

Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2005, 14:13
by IDCrewDawg
When I was at Moody we had these Gazebo's with a pitched roof. Our QA guys there had to ride bikes from place to place instead of getting a vehicle. Well our most loved QA inspector shows up, walks into the main building leaving his bike in the rack outside the building. Well our very zelous maintainers take his bike and saftey wire it to the rafters of the Gazebo (which is visible from the entrance of the main building). So the QA guy walks out, sees his bike is gone, and starts asking where it's at. Doesn't see it as he walks by the Gazebo, and heads out onto the flightline, after an extensive search he comes back and walks right back by the Gazebo again and heads inside. Tells the prosuper if we didn't produce his bike in 2 minutes he was going to go out to every single airplane and do an inspection with the intent of failing it for something or another. We were all laughing as he walks out and his bike is sitting in the bike rack scratching his head as to where it was at. It was great!!!

Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2005, 15:00
by bealio
I asked a new guy who looked lost if he needed help finding something, he said "yeah", and i asked what he was looking for in TNB, he told me "an Aft Resevoir"

Unread postPosted: 23 Oct 2005, 15:43
During an engine run I asked the newbie ground man if the main landing gear brake lights were on and if the right turn signal worked. He went and told he expo for for a JCN for inop brake lights and a burnt out rt turn signal light.

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 05:56
by 229guy
We also sent someone out for PROPWASH... Three hours went by and shure enough he had found some propwash... It does exist to our dismay.

They sent me to the OBgyn to get my pelvis checked out...Ha Ha GR8!

You know people are dumb when you know about the NDI for steal toes prank so you tell your buddy about it....The next day he has a red tag and the toe cut out...

The engine backshop uses fod cans...we used coffee cans... Suspend ones keys in the center with safety wire and fill the can with water and freeze it!

Never ever ever tell a brand new to your unit senior airman to get some flight line...They sign out the fork lift and go for it.

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 06:17
by beaupower32
Im a backshop mechanic at edwards, and we always sent them to find K-9 Pee to clean the fan blades. also did the echo check. I actually wrote a 3 page TCTO stating everything you needed to do to complete the check. Funny Stuff. We also were repairing the Aug modules, had one verticle with a new guy inside repairing something, and dumped about 30 gallons of water on him. He wasnt very happy

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 06:24
by beaupower32
I know i just posted, but i just thought up a few more, we sent a guy to flightline with a large trashbag and told him to catch some exhaust (not a very bright person). very funny watching him run behind the 16's that are running trying to catch the exhaust with a trash bag. another was we got their BDU top and put petralatum (or however u spell it) all on the inside of it, soaked it with water, then froze it in a small block of ice.

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 06:50
by Arctus
Hey fishmouth go over to support and get us some ID10-T tags so we can send these NRTS radios to depot. Of course fishmouth gets sent by support over to our sister squadron who sends him to every shop on base until hours later he ends up at rapidrepro to fill out a forms requisition. He, of course, is not on the authorization letter so repro sends him back to his NCOIC who trains him on filling out a forms requistion.

"OK fishmouth, right here in the nomenclature block, print the following....print neatly so the repro goobers don't order me the wrong forms" "Ready to copy? Good!" Fishmouth being eager to please his boss after taking all day takes dictation "OK Fish print "I M" thats for information management followed by "A N" cuz were sending an AN series radio and then "I D 1 0 T" " Good job troop, now read it back to me" Right about now the clue bell starts ringing.....usually

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 19:14
by Meathook
Or ever having to try and find the vaporlock control panel in support, or the air/sh*t separator in the toolbox.

Finding two panel pullers, a yard of fightline or a can of propwash...oldies but goodies too.

The first "apex" I was told to locate almost caused me to get my a$$ kicked over it. A guy (Ssgt at that time in 1969 - Tech School) tells me to find him a #3 Apex, I had no idea what the hell he was talking about.

I had never heard of it or saw one, no one ever told us about it. I looked for over an hour trying find out what it looked like. Then when I found one, I brought back three like I thought he asked for, I had no idea the damn number (type) of apex was stamped on the apex itself.

Who knew, we argued and pushed each other around until another instructor explained we had not covered that tool yet so no wonder I did not know what it was. Looking back it was both stupid and funny at the same time....especially for me. Crazy stuff back in the day, seems folks are a bit more creative today (thank god).

Unread postPosted: 25 May 2006, 19:22
by Lurch
How about your boot filled with water (or other fluid) while you jump the intake.

THANKS STUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Iron-on Patches??

Unread postPosted: 01 Jun 2006, 19:26
by eodcheese1
We had a new guy in our shop (EOD) whom we informed that the MAJCOM and Wing patches were iron-on. We further told him he should iron them on before the squadron formation that afternoon. (So we could watch him perform this crucial feat) He dutifully ironed the patches on (gotta use a really hot iron and lots of pressing), and they looked great! 3 days later, we had another formation or commanders call or something and in the middle of it all, both patches just gave up clinging and fell off in front of everyone. Ah the laughs.


Unread postPosted: 01 Jun 2006, 20:47
by stutler
Lurch wrote:How about your boot filled with water (or other fluid) while you jump the intake.

THANKS STUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Hey, I always thought it was funny. A nice pair of new black boots filled to the rim. What else was there to do.

Unread postPosted: 01 Jun 2006, 23:44
by falcon83-1123
Hey Airman, I left the key's in Base Ops. Go Get em'

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2006, 04:05
by Raptor_DCTR
There was a new crew chief here at Luke that they sent to NDI to have the classic boot inspection done. When he came back and told his section chief that his boots were bad, he was told to wrap them as tight as he could with duct tape until he could get a new pair of boots. He came in to work the next day with the boots still duct taped. He had slept with his boots on and duct taped all night!! The entire shop was brought out to laugh at him. Those crew chiefs are pranksters. Funny guys most of the time.

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2006, 05:29
by 177SFSF16
Tell some kid to go to ask for 12 feet of Fallopian Tube. Put wheel chalks under someones tires when they are not looking, put a heavy sand bag or rocks in someones A-Bag.

J. :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2006, 15:22
by AmmoCapt
Dammit, I was just about to post a Fallopian Tube story, and you beat me to referencing it.

I happened to be in the Med Center a while ago having blood drawn for some reason, when this young looking supply troop came in looking for some fallopian tubing. He was referred to the head nurse (an elderly Lady with a killer sense of humor who happened to be drawing my blood). He asked her for the tubing, and that he needed 14 feet of it.

Her response was priceless, and dead serious too:

"I'm sorry hun, I have about as much as you need, but you can't have it. You see its a tad old and probably doesn't work too well anymore. Go back to your shop and tell them what I just said."

We waited a minute before we both fell over laughing. I can't believe we made it that long without laughing.

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2006, 20:22
by MKopack
We knew all of the SP's on the line at MacDill pretty well, and apparently at least one of our senior crew chiefs set this one up...

We had a new 'jeep' mechanic, just out to the flightline who didn't have his linebadge yet being escorted by one of our 7-levels. There were probably 8-9 of us riding around in the back of the bread truck when the SP's pulled us over for a badge truck. Everyone held up their badges as the SP checked them all one at a time, right up until the new guy:

"Can I see your badge?"
"I'm new, I don't have one yet. Sgt ______ is escorting me."
"Is that true Sgt ______ ?"
"I've never seen him before in my life..."

When we last saw our 'jeep', he was face-down spread eagle on the cement. "Please tell them you know me Sgt ______, please..."

(No, neither was me...)

Unread postPosted: 02 Jun 2006, 21:56
by stutler
TDY to Tyndall one time and we chopped up a dead fish and put some in the mouthpiece of their headset. you can guess the results.

Unread postPosted: 16 Jun 2006, 15:12
by MKopack
stutler wrote:
Lurch wrote:How about your boot filled with water (or other fluid) while you jump the intake.

THANKS STUTLER!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Hey, I always thought it was funny. A nice pair of new black boots filled to the rim. What else was there to do.

The guilty party (at an American Embassy party while deployed to Doha during the Gulf War). If you see this man, feel free to fill his boots with water...

The Lucky Devils in the Gulf War


Unread postPosted: 16 Jun 2006, 15:19
by falconfixer860261
Navy buddy told me they used to have the new guys go behind a running engine with Hefty trash bag to get an exhaust sample for the NDI lab. Thought that one was great!

Unread postPosted: 27 Jun 2006, 11:16
by CajunMaintainer
bealio wrote:I asked a new guy who looked lost if he needed help finding something, he said "yeah", and i asked what he was looking for in TNB, he told me "an Aft Resevoir"

dummy :doh: they are in bench stock :lmao:

Unread postPosted: 28 Jun 2006, 03:07
by buchanangs
Were you in the 68th IDCrewDawg. I remember the QA prank

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2006, 03:57
by grab7303
After an over g. "Airmen go get me an over g-string out of support".
We also did the exhaust sample only took it further by photoshopping a sample form. The kid took it to NDI, they SENT HIM BACK saying his paperwork wasn't in order, haha, love it when they play along.

Voice activated NF2

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2006, 07:10
by RcCrewChief
We had one especially gullible newbie believing that the "new" light carts could be turned on and off by voice control. We had a guy get inside and run the controls while newbie would tell it to start, stop, and turn the lights on and off. The next night when the pro super told him to start a unit up it was great watching his face! We kept suggesting, "maybe if you yell louder it'll work"!

This same guy fell for checking the output of the vortex generators, getting the yard of flight line, and the bucket of prop wash.

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2006, 08:38
by KPDiamond17
Not much to add, but I heard this a few times

"We need some more T-R double Es for the FTX"

Unread postPosted: 07 Dec 2006, 09:02
by KPDiamond17
oh, and here's the proper procedure to collect exhaust samples

PDF File

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 05:38
by Weasel_Keeper
229guy wrote:They sent me to the OBgyn to get my pelvis checked out...Ha Ha GR8!

Hmmm, wonder if I know you. :lol:

We had a guy in Phase (George AFB, CA in the late 80s) who could do a perfect imitation of our squadron commander. He got on the phone and called over to the next Phase dock wanting to talk to one of the newbies. Claiming to be Col. xxxxx he instructed the newb he had a mandatory appointment to the OB clinic at the hospital for an exam.


Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 16:34
by c_pastorius
When I was at Moody on mids I would politely fill up water cups and put them up in the Hydralic doors for dayshift to find when they checked thier servicing. Lurch because of Scott and his stunts I took my boots up the intake with me..


Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 17:11
by Lurch
One of the other crew chiefs had pissed me off while we were in Doha. So while he jumped the intake, I took his boots and put them in Col. Mathers travel pod. I can still see him looking for his boots, while Col. Mathers was making his climb out on his way back to TJ.

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 17:50
by SteveKinsey
I know this is an old bar trick, but I had one guy do the 'coordination test' with a quarter and a pencil, draw circles around the quarter on a piece of paper, and then roll the quarter down your face. We then staged a meeting with him and the shop chief who proceeded to chew him out on 'improper and faddish styles' until he couldn't hold back his laughter anymore. The look on that airman's face after he realized what I did could've melted steel, but the whole shop got a good laugh :lol:

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 20:23
by Racer497
This just happened this drill weekend.

It's flu shot weekend. We told our Fresh from Tech school kid that he better be ready cause they have to give the first flu shot in ur bag (think about it) cause it gets in the blood stream faster. We had a nurse call over sat afternoon to remind this airman to shave when he gets home cause it makes it easier. That night he asked one of his buddies who is an SP, if this was true. I am so glad he played along. So the next day i got tasked to take him over to get his shot, cause i needed mine too. We walk over to Ops and medic's are set up in the foyer with big picture windows all around. We walk in and there is a guy getting his shot in the arm, he asked why he is getting his here, i said well u get the boosters in the arm. It's only your first shot in the bag. He bought that. We walk a few more steps and he goes, they are goin to do it here in the open with female's watching and stuff. I said don't worry it's quick and they don't mind, cause they see it every winter. He bought that. he walks up and starts to undo his belt, and that capt said "what the hell are u doing???" he turned white as and said "You mean I spent 2 hours shaving for nothing?"

That made it around base in like an hour. And we laughed forever.

Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 20:32
by MKopack
Racer497 wrote:That made it around base in like an hour. And we laughed forever.


I might just laugh forever on that one too. That sure beats looking for the 'keys to the jet'...


Unread postPosted: 12 Dec 2006, 22:12
by squirrel
Not a practical joke, but a few years ago on a hot day in Tulsa had a crew chief walk to a spot after a launch, seen a gatorade bottle sitting on the toolbox and decided to take a drink even though it was not his. Not only did he take one drink but two then he realized the funny taste. To his dismay and embarrasment it was not gatorade but hydraulic fluid in the bottle that was taken during launch from an overserviced system. Needless to say his new nickname was hydro.

When I worked C-141's we would tell the new guys they needed to safety wire the engines together so we could do an alignment check. :doh:

Once we swapped a guys bdu shirt for a maternity shirt, had the same name tape. He put the shirt on at lunch and walked all the way to the chow hall before he realized he was wearing a maternity shirt. The guy is the same one pictured in the balad deployment thread from the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2006, 09:17
by wilder_bill
"gotta go fix the bird bath, jump in back." (of the pickup)
"how about getting me some MEK" hand them a styrophone cup.


Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2006, 21:23
by cubby2060
we had an over-g at spang and had a newbie go to support and get the g-string to check the alignment of the jet.

at moody we had a kid go to coso and order K9P, coso played along and actually loaded a NSN, they got into a little trouble for that one

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2007, 22:51
by smines80
We had a new guy who liked to pull a few pranks. He put "fart powder" in a couple guys water in Al-Udeid. So we one time after he did it again, we made up a story that one of the guys got rushed to clinic for extreme stomach pains, internal bleeding and vomiting. So we informed new guy to hurry up and go to clinic, with fart powder, to give to docs and nurses to they can come up with a remedy. Wish I could have been in the clinic when he walked in and told them he had the "fart powder" that made his buddy sick!!

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 02:08
by ve_tec
While TDY to Nellis someone told the new LT that one of the planes had a crack in the intake. When the LT removed the intake cover he found himself face to face with the naked backside of a brave crew chief.

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 18:27
by Elbows
I would have loved to see that LTs face. Sounds like the atomic situp that happened while I was at ALS

Unread postPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 21:32
by sferrin
Kinda OT but I remember junior high shop I'd cut a piece of wood too short shop teacher says "that's okay just go get the board stretcher". I'd never heard of that but thought "well he knows more than me". He let me hunt around for fifteen or twenty minutes. Bastard :lol:

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 00:37
by Tim
When I was at LUKE we would make the newbies go out every friday night and do the AIRSPEED INDICATOR CHECK. They had to go out and blow into every pitot tube while someone in on it was in the cockpit screaming "BLOW HARDER"

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 03:09
by afnsucks
Not a newb thing. Actually happened to me and my buddy while we were both SRAs. It was at Nellis at the revies and we were waiting for our planes to come back. One of my buddies was talking with his b man and left his head set on his toolbox. I told my b man that I was going to grease it hitler style. I go over there, grease it up, and go back to my box. His plane comes in first then my plane comes in. He looks over at me and I laugh and point and even do the hail salute. Our planes shut down and we say peace to our pilots and I walk over to him laughing about his new mustache then he asks me why did I grease myself? I grab a mirror and see my own hitlerstache. Turns out while I was greasing my buddy's headset my b man greased mine.

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 05:27
by klavs81
Knew a Captain that sent one of the new SF kids down to the medical clinic for 32 feet of Fallopian Tube.

Then there was the SF guy in the patrol car that swore up and down he saw a clown riding a unicycle at 3 am...

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 07:02
by maddog2840
Light Alls. The old ones were really big and you could get inside it and fire it up. A warm spot to hang out.

George AFB CA-1979. A newbie (no not me) was to be taught on how to work the Light All. The Air Force is very high tech he was told and that these were "voice controlled". The trainer in a loud voice says, "Light All on!" Lo and behold it starts without being touched. The newbie stares in wonderment. "Light All off!" and it shuts down. After having the newbie practice a couple times everyone walks away with a chuckle.

But wait! That's not the end of the story. At the end of the shift the new expediter (they had overlapping shifts) asked newbie if he knew how to work the Light Alls. Sure, no problem. So newbie is tasked to go turn them on.

The expediter follows up because none of the Light Alls seem to be on. He finds newbie standing in front of a Light All screaming,


Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 07:11
by maddog2840
The Academy cadets came to Hahn for their Summer Tour. We were doing the Local Exercise thing and one of them came out to my shelter to see how things happen. During a lull I fielded questions.

"How heavy is that door? Ten tons a piece.
"How hard is it to open them? Really hard, see for yourself.
"How do you open them on a scramble?

I saw my shot and I took it...

"Well, for this exercise we open them manually. If it was Real World, we'd use the explosive bolts on the hinges."

A couple of sorties later a pilot told me to stop talking to the Cadets because he went back to ops and all he could talk about were the "Explosive Bolts".

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2007, 23:00
by Tim
Another good one was to send a hospital request to the squadron for one of the newbies to go for his distemper vaccination

Good one for cocky weapons troops

Unread postPosted: 04 May 2007, 14:02
by E24Dino
Had a new kid that was Sooooo proud of his Red Rope from Tech school that I had to "finish" his last comment about it.
Changing an argon bottle on an AIM-9 at Luke, BIG temp changes there bewteen flight and grounds temps and if you time it right you can actually make the bottle "squeal" when taking it out. I felt it getting close to the end of the threads and it just started to hiss a bit, I stepped back and aksed him to find the emergency steps for a leaking bottle, and as he was frantiaclly flipping through the checklist, I turned the bottle little bit more and the squeal started. I took a step back and yelled "Oh, S**T, It's gonna blow!" and I barely got the statement out of my mouth and he was "A$$holes & elbows back to the ECP.
Rather long story, but that kid was never the same after that! :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 04 May 2007, 15:53
by TimmayMan
I like to have the newbs call in to moc for jacking clearance... :lmao:

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2007, 21:35
by maddog2840
OMG forgot all about the jacking clearance :notworthy:

Unread postPosted: 08 Aug 2007, 14:19
by maddog2840
This one was pulled on me. It is a great one to pull on an officer or senior NCO.

I arrived at good old Hahn AB. It was December and snowy and cold. My Flight Chief told me to go ride around in the expedetor truck to get to know everyone and see where everything was.

Lamb to slaughter, I jump the expeditor truck. Grabbing a spot on the bench I noticed there are about five people there already.

The guy next to me says ....

"Hi, I'm Mike. Welcome to Germany."

Normal so far....

"I'm Walt, nice to meet you.", I replied.

The next guy holds out his hand. "Hi, I'm Mike."
The next guy, "I, I'm Mike."
"Mike's the name."

By the time I got to the fifth guy I said, "I guess you're Mike too."


A quick check of line badges revealed that they were all named "Mike".

Over the years we had a couple of sets of "Mikes", some "Joes", "Jims" and even "Davids".

Try it sometime. Great way to "Press to Test" the new Boss.


Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2007, 06:46
by Lodni_Kranazon
I've sent newbies to the Tool Room for Light Bulb Repair Kits,Turn Signal Fluid, and Windscreen Washer Fluid (I work on Hornets/Rhinos) :lol: :twisted:

Unread postPosted: 24 Oct 2007, 20:25
by Ali_Griffin
Yeah, I remember people posting a picture of a pinup on my locker, giving me a 30-minute verbal ass-kicking by Colonel Petterson..

Unread postPosted: 24 Oct 2007, 21:44
by Arctus
In Alaska, (and other notoriously cold bases I assume) a classic new guy trick is to have them take the shop truck to Trans sometime during their first Fall to get winter air put in the tires--it helps them grip the slick roads better

Unread postPosted: 25 Oct 2007, 01:53
by asiatrails
What no 710 fluid? - turn it upside down

Concorde - supersonic grease and wax for the nose - guy came back hours later with turtle wax in a green container - sent back for white to match the nose paint !!!

2X4 alignment tool

Send someone to get a 1/2" socket or wrench in the toolroom, give them a 1/2" whitworth and stand back with a smile

Unread postPosted: 17 Jul 2008, 04:12
if you are at a nuke base, the green glow sticks cut open and poured out, make great leaking plutonium

Unread postPosted: 17 Jul 2008, 07:34
by ViperKeeper2070
I was once sent up to admin to get a "Bravo Alpha 1100 November form with a string attachment". After about 3 different office visits, Someone too pity on me and showed me what "Bravo Alpha 1100 November" spelled out...balloon...with a string attachment.. I felt so supremely stupid... :doh:

Unread postPosted: 17 Jul 2008, 16:43
by saber8723
How about relieving yourself behind one of the main wheels and having your FNG check out the mysterious puddle under the jet.


Jumping the intake; disrobing in the intake with your A55 hanging out and asking either the Expeditor or Maintenance Officer to come over and check out a crack in the intake.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2008, 02:19
by tbarlow
The two pranks I remember most while at Hahn was asking a new troop to go get an exaust sample with a mason jar while a jet was on the hot pit.

The best one got a newbie and an oldie. Pilot in the "Blue Zoo" (10th) told a new crew chief about the radar does not work in the "o-f-f" position. CC called it into job control. The controller called the radar folks about a radar not working on a jet. After AGE came out and dropped off a power unit and cones were placed, the tech read the write up. When the tech asked job control what the write up was over the radio, you heard "radar does not work in the" ................(very long pause)....! Radio guys loved it!!!

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2008, 16:13
by redmondflier
Told one kid (a guy I should mention) that he had an appointment for a pap smear...came back pretty pissed off!

Had another newbie going over his first BPO/Pre, and told him to make sure the pitot tube was clear by blowing into the tube and running his hand under back and forth...just then our 3 truck was driving by with a load for of other crew chiefs. Needless to say, the truck stopped and you could hear the laughter from 50 yards away.

Had some kid running all over between our support and phase looking for K9P. Someone over in Phase said he actually asked QA if they had any! Damn kids!!

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2008, 20:21
by TC
I was on my first overseas flight, what we call your "Dollar Ride", because that's where you first make the big $$$. Knowing the FNG pranks from being in ACLS, and having heard several Dollar Ride horror stories of things happening to new pilots and loads, I was naturally a little apprehensive.

12 days go by...still no pranks. They couldn't have forgotten, right? We land back home and still nothing has happend, so I figure maybe they had forgotten. Well, I go to pick up my bags, and I notice that they're a little heavy...

I open up my bags, and they are filled with chains and tiedown devices, both the 10K and 25K varieties! On top of that, sometime while I was asleep, my partners had taken some PAX pillows, cut them open, and stuffed my clothes with wads of cotton, and then, took masking tape, wadded up all of my clothes, and rolled them up in several layers of tape.

It took quite awhile to clean up that mess. I ended up releasing the crew bus, and walking back to Ops once I had returned all to normal. Of course, they were all there to laugh at me, and say "Welcome to the Squadron, Junior!"


As a sequel to that story, one of our LTs had arrived from PIQ a little too soon to the deployment to receive a "real" Dollar Ride, so she had to substitue a long mission on the deployment as her ride. Now, I must say, this LT is quite attractive, and very friendly, but perhaps a little naive...this of course, would make her the perfect mark for an FNG prank.

Now, coincidentally, I wind up as a Load on her crew, along with the partner from my dollar ride who put the chains, etc. in my bag. Of course, he does the same thing to her bag. You know, welcome rookie, that sorta thing. Well, of course, she knows she's been had.

A little later, I say "Hey LT, wanna get him back?" Of course she does, so before we land on the last leg where we're going to rest overnight, we get the idea to take his boxers out of his bag, and replace them with her lingerie. After we land, he goes to grab a shower, and of course, instead of a change of boxers, he instead has pastel pink panties!

As I'm laughing my butt off, and saying something to the effects of payback being a beeotch, we get a knock on the door, and there's the LT who says "Ummm, I believe you have something of mine." The LT and I still have a good laugh about that one.

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2008, 20:35
by Fiend2136
Not so much a prank on a newbie, but the best way I've ever seen anyone "get gotten" was when I was TDY from Nellis to Tyndall couple years ago. Pulled a motor on our jet and left it in the hangar overnight. Come in early the next morning, open the hangar doors, and see that the local F-15 guys had put a large cardboard propeller on the pitot tube and a wind up crank in the IFR door. New LT didn't find it funny, but we all got a good kick out of it.

Unread postPosted: 10 Sep 2008, 21:21
by akruse21
I was involved in the above incident :)

Unread postPosted: 11 Sep 2008, 05:25
by WilliamG
Had a co-worker who was telling me about his being sent for Striped paint... he disappeared for the whole day came back and told everyone he found blue n yellow, red n white, and white and green but no yellow and black...
We sent a new guy out for a Brass magnet.
Sent another out for the keys to the jet.
a lot that have been mentioned already.
Have to remember the BA-1100-N ...

William G

Unread postPosted: 15 Sep 2008, 05:39
by aggressor271
After installing a new engine I told one of my ground Amn that we need to do a few checks to ensure maxim engine efficacy. I told one that After shut down just when there is a low flow from the exhaust he needed to get have a trash bag ready to catch some exhaust samples so that we could get it over to NDI. The expeditor also helped out by driving him from NDI, and to environmental at C.E.

I had pictures of this guy all dressed up in face shield, maintenance suit with apron, gloves, and booties. I f i find it i will post it up.

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2009, 01:07
by thegreekness
Elbows wrote:I would have loved to see that LTs face. Sounds like the atomic situp that happened while I was at ALS

We did the atomic situp on my high school wrestling team - didnt think it still worked - its hilarious.

Pranks pulled on Newbies

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2009, 23:02
by blkdog
Every now and then we'd get a kid straight out of tech school and he would think he knew everything there was to know like quoting T.O. and the like.

Anyway, I'd alway ask them to tell me what P.E. psi was and once they were stumped I tell them it was
PepsiKinda put them in their place.

RE: Pranks pulled on Newbies

Unread postPosted: 27 Jul 2009, 20:07
by Tim
Every now and then we'd get a kid straight out of tech school and he would think he knew everything there was to know like quoting T.O. and the like.

Or ask him what the voltage output of a Vortex Generator is?... Actually had one reply "Would that be ac, or dc?"
:doh: Some people kids?

RE: Pranks pulled on Newbies

Unread postPosted: 28 Jul 2009, 02:34
by TC
:lol: Good one Tim! If I know the C/C on a bird, we'll ask him or her to point out one of the noobs going through upgrade, fresh out of Sheppard. Invariably, we'll come back from a sortie with a circuit breaker that popped on one of the vortex generators.

Unread postPosted: 28 Jul 2009, 18:22
by pomeroy
Ya I had the NDI bit pulled on me. Ow well but one that was funny is the crack in the intake. have a new guy go check the crack in the intack or the exhoust sample use a 55 gal bag and have them hold it in the exhoust and get the pilot to throttle up a little at a time. just make sure its the last bird to land and the last to shut down so it doesnt get loss and go down the tube or you will be the one looking for the crack in the intake.

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2012, 01:05
by razamanaz
Some of the most memorable pranks I witnessed during my Air Force career were dreamed up by crew chiefs and maintenance techs...

Hand a newbie a box of 100 each fine thread 1/4" bolts that are about three inches long. Then hand him one 1/4" nut and tell him he needs to perform a thread check on each and every bolt by hand-tightening the nut all the way down until it bottoms out and then spinning it back off. The reasoning is it's far better to find bad threads now than to find them when you're working on a jet.

Tell a newbie you urgently need some .020" steel safety wire but nobody has any so he's going to help you with an "old school workaround". You grab a roll of .041" safety wire and cut off a piece about 10 feet long. Place one end of the wire securely in a vise or wrap it around something so it will not come loose (very important). Then attach a pair of large vise grips to the other end once again securing it in a manner so it will not come loose. Have the newbie use both hands on the vise grips to start pulling with everything he's got to stretch the .041" wire thinner and thinner until it becomes .020" wire. For full dramatic effect, you should use a micrometer to continuously measure the diameter of the wire as the newbie pulls and pulls and pulls to stretch the wire. "Keep pulling... keep pulling... there's .039... .038... .037... don't stop... .035... c'mon pull harder... .034... "

An F-4 crew chief was going to show his newbie E-1 how to replace his jet's battery. Damn! The brand new battery had the positive and negative terminals reversed which prevented him from installing it and base supply had no more in stock. No problem... he sent his newbie off in search of the K-28 Polarity Reverser.

An F-4 crew chief informed his newbie E-1 that it was base policy for new troops to wear their BDU's with the right sleeve rolled up and left sleeve rolled down during their first day at work so everyone would know they were newbies.

The same F-4 crew chief had another newbie E-1 stand at the base's main gate exit on a Friday afternoon so he could wave at everyone leaving the base on their way home from work. The crew chief had pre-arranged it with the gate guards and told the newbie that it was tradition for all newbies to do it.

Another F-4 crew chief had his newbie E-1 wax and polish the leading edge of his jet's wings so it could fly faster than other F-4's.

A B-52 weapons load crew had their newbie E-3 (early rank for college & ROTC experience) spend a week inspecting each aircraft's bomb bay for stray cats before weapons were loaded.

A T-38 crew chief working the graveyard shift handed his newbie E-1 a flashlight and a large yellow legal pad so he could write down tail numbers while performing the "nightly inventory" of almost 100 assigned aircraft to ensure they were all present and accounted for.

One evening in 1990, two F-16 crew chiefs, with the help of transient alert and aerospace ground equipment, conspired against a newbie crew chief who was from deep in the hills of West Virginia. They used orange road cones and caution tape to cordon off a 50-ft x 50-ft rarely used corner of the TA ramp and wedged several pencil-thin black metal rods into the rubbery sealant that's used between concrete slabs and to fill cracks. The rods were about 5 feet tall and the crew chiefs attached "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" streamers to the top ends to form the basic shape of an aircraft... nose, tail, and wingtips. AGE positioned a boarding stand on the left side of the "cockpit" and a power unit at the "tail"... another metal rod with the power cord attached to the top with black duct tape was used to create the illusion of being plugged into the "aircraft". As darkness approached, the crew chiefs told their newbie to come along with them in a cargo van to see something few people ever get to see. They cautioned the newbie to not tell anyone what he was about to see because nobody was supposed to know about it. The newbie eagerly agreed and they proceeded to drive towards the TA ramp. When they arrived, the driver stopped about 100 feet away from the cordoned area because "that was as close as he dared to get without attracting attention". The newbie gazed thru the windshield into the shadowy twilight to behold a miracle of modern technology... a fully cloaked Stealth Fighter.

Unread postPosted: 15 Feb 2012, 12:27
by JoeSambor
I am truly humbled by the imagination and fun-loving spirit in these examples of coordinated ball-busting. It's a shame that if you try these same things today, you will probably standing in front of your First Shirt explaining why you are harrassing the new troops.

Best Regards,

Re: Pranks pulled on newbies in the squadron

Unread postPosted: 18 May 2015, 09:57
by tbarlow