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  SMSgt. John Manning (Ret.)

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Name SMSgt. John Manning (Ret.)
Unit 134th Fighter Squadron "Green Mountain Boys"
Crewing F-16s from 1986 until 2009
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432ndTFW/13thAMU, 57thFWS Falcon AMU, 36th FS, 4th FS, 127th FW/107th FS, 158th FW/134th FS/Retired Sept 2010 as one of the Green Mountain Boys!


Clark AB Philippines, Kadena AB Japan, Kunsan AB ROK, Eislson AB AK, Kirkuk RAB Iraq, Balad AB Iraq, PSAB SA, Incirlik AB Turkey, Moron AB Spain, Al Jaber Kuwait, Nellis AFB NV (Red Flag), Edwards AFB CA, MacDill FL, Langely AFB VA, Hahn AB Germany, Luke AFB AZ, Barksdale AFB LA, Phelps Collins CRTC MI and many many more places.

My Jets & Assignments

85498 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 107th Fighter Squadron "Red Devils" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2008
Current: 85498   USAF AMARC F-16C Block 30 [ sto]
Awesome jet crewed it off and on as a airman at Misawa AB Japan. When I ended up leaving the AD and going to the 127th AMXS in Michigan to my surprise she was there in 1998. After doing a year in the Phase docks I got the WG-12 position of the Crew Dawg that was crewing her and got to be the Crew Chief. Went to Kirkuk RAB Iraq and Balad with her and to PSAB and Incirlik also. The pics on F-16net with the bombs was while I was assigned to her. When I left SANGB MI in 2008 my assistant SSgt Brian Carney a very bright and dedicated young crew dawg got the jet and crewed it till she left for another ANG unit. I couldn't have left 1498 it in better hands!
85492 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 13th Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1990
Current: 85492   USAF 13 FS F-16C Block 30 [ w/o]
Awesome jet it was my first jet as a A1C brand new when I got to put my name on the NLG door as ADCC. SSgt Tim Hucks was the DCC back then. Always flew good and got us high flyer quite a few times. I was stationed at Osan AB ROK 36th FS when the 13th came over to fly with us during Team Spirit/Foal Eagle 1993 when 492 crashed one foggy morning. Sad I just went to see it the day before and chatted with the current DCC on it.
87309 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 16th Weapons Squadron "Tomahawks" [Unit History]
Period 1990 - 1991
Current: 87309   USAF USAF ADS F-16C Block 32 [ w/o]
First day I crewed this jet after arriving from Misawa it had a wing harness that caught on fire when weapons was doing a check on it "nice". Not bad jet flew good most of the time and crewed it till it left for the Thunderbirds I think it was late 1991 when she went to get the red white and blue paint job etc for them.
89179 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 16th Weapons Squadron "Tomahawks" [Unit History]
Period 1992 - 1993
Current: 89179   USAF 8 FS F-16D Block 42 [ act]
What can I say a D model what a (PIG) I accepted it from the 310th at Luke when I lost 309 to the ADS. I knew when I went TDY to accept her at Luke and seen the aircraft jacket file that they were giving us the worse jet they could find to get rid of. This jet had a lot of issues usually fuel or flight control problems.
90816 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" [Unit History]
Period 1994 - 1995
Current: 90816   USAF 14 FS F-16C Block 50 [ act]
Crewed this jet brand new in the 4th FS till it went to mini D mod at the Depot side and then she headed for the 14th FS Misawa AB Japan in 1995. Missed it great jet and flew a lot of Code Ones kept me on the high flyer list month after month.
89020 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [Unit History]
Period 1993 - 1994
Current: 89020   USAF 36 FS F-16C Block 40 [ act]
Crewed this jet at Osan with the 36FS on Delta Diamond B Flt. I had the HAS closest to Phase/Flightline kitchen so it was a short bike ride for lunch. I went to Moody on the Acceptance team from Osan to Des Moines 132nd FW, Moody AFB GA due to we were converting from block 42's to block 40's while I was there. I gained her from Moody in July 1993. I remember this trip very well while we were in Des Moines IA when they had that bad flood in 93. So weeks without power, help sandbagging the broken levies etc on our off time and still accepted jets at the ANG Base. Didn't get much help from the 132nd due to they were activated and very busy sandbagging, cleanup etc for the flood emergency. Felt bad taking the jets they just accepted them after they converted from A-7's and they were great hosts and a top notch unit.
Visitor Comments
T-Bird , jet polisher, comedian, hillbilly
Alan LeBlanc, Ssgt., Dec 03, 2010 - 11:44 PM

John, You went to Vermont. Alpena meets New England. Very peculiar indeed. They let you be a Senior Master Sergeant? You always were a politician. Congrats on you retirement. Al

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