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 MSgt. Bob Taycher (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Bob Taycher (Ret.)
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins"
Crewing F-16s from 1978 until 1998
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Started out on B52H 61-023 (known for loseing its tail fin during a test flight with Boeing piolts), got tired of pushing snow up at KI Sawyer AFB MI. Cross trained to fighters got a assingment to Hill AFB UT became a Fightn Fuujin, worked on F 4D's until we converted to F-16s got the pleasure of crewing 78-066 straight from the factory (aaaaaaaahhhhhhh that new aircraft smell) then 048. Selected to be part of the Bomb Comp team 362 in Lossiemouth Scotland, After that got hand selected to become part of research and development of 117A crewed # 2 Aircraft in AF inventory the Lady 788. MAcDill AFB F 16 again 523, Kunsan expediator back to MacDill expediator and QA, selected to become Air Force Advisor to Iowa Air National guard RET now.

My Jets & Assignments

B-52 Stratofortress
Unit 410th Bomb Wing KI Sawyer AFB MICH
Period 1975 - 1978
Crewed B52H 61-023 noted for losing its vertical tail over the Rocky Mountains, when I PCSed she had under 2000 flight hours still a baby BUFF
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" [History]
Period 1978 - 1979
Crewed F4D 661 with SSGT Gary Martin (CMSGT RET) who mentored me and was a great influence on me in my career
78066 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" [Unit History]
Period 1979 - 1981
Current: 78066   F-16A Block 5 [pre]
Had the pleasure of crewing 78-066 straight from the factory (aaaaaaaahhhhhhh that new aircraft smell). Lots of great TDYS one of the best was getting stranded in San Diego, we went there to get away from the fog that had settled in the Valley for a long time.
79362 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Period 1981 - 1981
Current: 79362   F-16A Block 10 [scr]
A small mini Squadron representing 388th, TAC and the Air Force at Lossiemouth Scotland we scored 3700ish point out of 4000 great time was had by all
78048 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" [Unit History]
Period 1981 - 1982
Current: 78048  USAF 4 TFS F-16A Block 5 [w/o]
TDY to Nellis and 048 was slated as a spare, last minute replacement. We were all at the red line watching the jets come in and we all watched as 048 settled down with no gear on centerline tank, then watch as she got airborne again turned towards Sunrise Mountain next we saw a chute and watched as she nosed into the ground what a way to start a TDY
F-117 Nighthawk
Period 1982 - 1986
Research and development of the F117A crewed 80-788 second operational fighter in the Air Force went to factory and final assembley. Wore the heck out of my blue jeans and Hawaiian shirts Member of "Goatsucker Inn where the Elete MEET"
80523 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 63rd Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [Unit History]
Period 1986 - 1989
Current:   F-16A Block 10 [scr]
Crewed 523 for about a year then went to QA not my most favorite job,
86333 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1989 - 1990
Current: 86333  USAF 119 FS F-16C Block 30 [act]
Crewed 333 for a few months then stepped into expediter truck day shift, had a ball chasing pheasants along the taxi ways and around arches. Went and bought pizzas (picked up with expeditator truck) for the Crew Dawgs during the ORI and got away with it.
Unit 61st Fighter Squadron "Top Dogs" [History]
Period 1990 - 1993
Yellow 1 expediter day shift enjoyed thinking on my feet and militasking
Unit 124th Fighter Squadron "Hawkeyes" [History]
Period 1993 - 1998
Served as the Air Force Techinical Advisor to the Iowa National Guard, got me ready for retirement : )

Visitor Comments

Hey Bob!
Dave Carlton, Jun 21, 2011 - 04:23 AM


I worked with you on the Cockroach. I performed and signed your Avionics Acceptance Inspection. I worked both locations. At MacDill you were in Red and I was in Black (72nd) and then went to Kunsan in 88. Looks like you were at Luke when I was at Homestead and then we were both at Luke.

Did you ever get a 63rd ink print?


Old guys
Gary Martin, Sep 25, 2013 - 12:51 PM

Hi Bob,

Worked with you at Hill on the old F-4's..........then caught up with you at Nellis when you were with the black jet..........I ended up as the AMU chief for the 416th at TTR for almost 4 years......



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