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F-105 Losses, George AFB 1978

1978 was a bad year for the Thud drivers at George AFB.  It was said you could go down to Thud Ops and watch pilots push each out of the door. Pilot A: “You fly the Bitch!” [shove] Pilot B: “Oh Hell no! I flew this morning. You fly the Bitch!” [shove] The truth was [...]

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North Sea Ejection

The North Sea,22 NOV 1975- Captain Jim Evans (33), pilot and Lt George Kuprian (29), WSO flying an F-4D Phantom II (66-0256) call sign “Trest One” were conducting air combat training over the North sea, 60 to 80 miles east of Great Yarmouth. Nearest…” (Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, east England). Trest Two was flown by Frank Chuba. Trest Three was flown by Ed Daniel. The aircraft was assigned to the 492nd TFS (48th TFW), RAF Lakenheath, UK.

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The T-Bird Crash at Indian Springs

INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev., Jan. 18, 1982— At 0923 PST, four T-38A’s (68-8156, 8175, 8176 & 8184) from an Air Force Thunderbirds Team crashed, one after another, into the Nevada desert , killing all four pilots. The Air Force said the four planes struck nose first into the sand while practicing a ”loop” maneuver, . ”The [...]

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Yes Loyal Readers, our Gallery is back.  After a two year hiatus caused by my ISP Bravenet and my gallery shell Piwgo doing upgrades to make things “better”.  The combination of upgrades prevented me from uploading new pictures.  There’s 10 years of work in our gallery and we didn’t want to lose and get a [...]

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F-16 Tips Over….Twice

F-16C, 90-0718. A maintenance crew was performing a hot oil servicing run following a phase inspection in front of nose dock 7. The aircraft traveled approximately 400 feet and came to a stop on the right wingtip, right main landing gear and nose landing gear.

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T Bird Flips at Dayton

Dayton, OH- 23 JUN 2017, at 1230 HRS a two seat Thunderbird F-16D was taxing to a staging area after landing when a gust of wind forced from the taxiway and into the grass.  At this time the aircraft flipped onto its back.  The two man crew was extracted with minor injuries.  The crew consisted [...]

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Why the Navy is Cooler than the Air Force

MiG-28! No one’s been this close before!

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Thunderbird 6 Crashes in Colorado

Peterson AFB, CO– On 2 JUN, 2016, F-16C (91-0392) crashed on landing approach when “Something went wrong.” The aircraft was assigned to the 57th Aerial Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada.    The aircraft was Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo. The aircraft was named “Sweet Baby Aurora 6”.  Major Alex Turner safely ejected from the aircraft after steering [...]

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Visit My Online Gallery

Here’s my no shit, made them myself, Artsy,Fartsy paintings.

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True Aircraft Write-ups

Ken and I wrote down the list and I posted it on the Internets in 1998. Back when I was new at this. Since then “The List” has been ascribed to every branch of the U.S. Military, The Delta Maintenance folks in Dallas, American Airlines, NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Quantas. I’m sure there are others.

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