Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, Commander of the AFRC and Chief of the AFR, lifts off on December 13th, 2006 at Homestead ARB in F-16C block 30 #86-0264. In addition to a routine, yet recent paintjob, Airmen of the 482nd MG added special decals, such as three silver stars on the tail to represent the pilots rank. [USAF photo by Ryan Ayers]
Behind the Scenes
Amazingly, slightly more than a year before this photo was taken, this particular aircraft had departed the runway at an overseas combat location and was so severely damaged that it had to be dissassembled and returned to Homestead ARB in crates and aboard a 40-ft flatbed trailer. After a Hill AFB depot team repaired the structural damage to the aircraft, the men & women of the 482nd Aircraft Mx and Maintenance Squadrons went to work completely overhauling this aircraft to make it not only factory-new - but the new flagship for Air Force Reserve Command. The insignia on the intake reflect the markings of all of the direct reporting agencies to AFRC. Lt Gen Bradley's first two flights in Acft 86-264 were both Code I!
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