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Name MSgt. David Hess (Ret.)
Unit 22nd Fighter Squadron "Stingers"
Crewing F-16s from 1990 until 2001
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Spangdahlem (8 years)
Hill (7 Years)
Luke (3 years)
Kunsan (2 years)

Weapons Loader F-4/F-16 for first 3 years.
QA for a little over the year, on the F16/F15/A10.

My Jets & Assignments

85507 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 314th Fighter Squadron "Warhawks" [Unit History]
Period 1990 - 1990
Current: 85507   USAF AMARC F-16D Block 25 [ sto]
This was my first jet as a crew chief. DCC was relieved of duty due to a maintenance issue and I was moved to 85-1512. I believe I met the producer for Quantum Leap when I crewed this jet.
85512 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 314th Fighter Squadron "Warhawks" [Unit History]
Period 1990 - 1991
Current: 85512   USAF AMARC F-16D Block 25 [ sto]
My best friend now was my DCC on this aircraft. We have been friends for 22 years.
86266 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 35th Fighter Squadron "Pantons" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1992
Current: 86266   USAF 93 FS F-16C Block 30 [ act]
I probably learned more about my job on this F-16 then any other one, mainly because it was broke all the time or because I was stationed at Kunsan. As Bull mentioned it was high flyer in the ORI though so it performed when it counted the most. I also was on alert duty with it and it performed great. I just read it survived a crashed landing around 2009, even after the pilot ejected. It had a few nicknames, all related to having 3 sixes on the tail.
90818 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 22nd Fighter Squadron "Stingers" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1998
Current: 90818   USAF 480 FS F-16C Block 50 [ act]
This was probably my favorite F-16 that I crewed and it was my first as a DCC. I had the best assistants. It was parked in HAS 85 at Spangdahlem which was right near Perimeter Road. I took it over when it was relatively new. It already had a discolored avionics panel on the right side that remained there until it was repainted in 1997. A few months later I moved to QA before I PCSd to Utah.
87391 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" [Unit History]
Period 1999 - 2000
Current: 87391   USAF 416 FLTS F-16D Block 40 [ act]
This F-16 was not the most reliable and since it was a D model it didn't get to go on some TDYs. I remember it didn't have many code 1s but it flew a lot. "Baby Flex" took over this aircraft from me when I moved on to be an expeditor then I PCSd to Korea in 2011.
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