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 SSgt. Dean "Mean Dean" Collins (Ret.)

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Name SSgt. Dean Collins (Ret.)
Unit 33rd Fighter Squadron "Falcons"
Crewing F-16s from 1983 until 1991
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I was at Shaw AFB for eight years. Jet engine mechanic at the 19th and 33rd AMU's. Rivet work Force help train me in a crew chief. Was DCC for 83-1151 but still mainly a engine man. Medical Retirement in 1991 during Desert Storm. Moved to home town of Vidalia Ga. still here. If anyone has information about SMGT Dave Beckford 33rd AMU at these times please email me.

Current or Favourite assignment

Two years at 19th AMU, others at 33rd. Both places had some great people. I have loss contact with them all but one. Hope to find a few here.


All state side TDY's

My Jets & Assignments

83151 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 33rd Fighter Squadron "Falcons" [Unit History]
Period 1983 - 1991
Current: 83151  USAF 33 TFS F-16C Block 25 [w/o]
One of the best airplane in the 33rd. But was loss in desert due to engine problems. But I was still in shaw.
Other aircraft/assignments All I ever worked was the F-16A/B/C/D F100-200/229 PW engine. I loved working that engine and plane. Still miss it today.

Visitor Comments

marty napier, May 30, 2011 - 03:49 AM

Hey Dean, I remember you best as the coach of our undefeated softball team. Been living in Raleigh NC since I got out in 1992.

Dean Collins, Dec 09, 2012 - 05:51 PM

Yes, I retired from AF and softball. I live in Vidalia, Ga now

Mike Melville, Jun 18, 2014 - 02:33 AM

I started at Shaw on 83-1151 then moved to 83-1141 with Brenda Medley. Was there from 85-88. Marty may remember me. How cool to find this on the net.

Jim Gillooley, Feb 15, 2022 - 05:30 AM

I remember all you guys. I was a crew chief in the 33rd from 86-90. Got out and was an inspector on the space shuttle for 21 years. Retired from the 125th fighter wing in 2004, FL ANG F-15's.

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