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Ever wonder where your jet wound up? Put in storage at AMARC or maybe flown as a drone and then blew away by some F-22 jock. The lucky ones get put in museums or on a stick or maybe they’re a Gate Guard.

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FUEL LEAK

George AFB, California, 1979. I was the Dedicated Crew Chief for the F-4G 69-0238 “Super Chicken”. I was gassing up for the afternoon go when things went horribly wrong. The R-9 fuel truck stopped pumping and I checked the external tanks to see if they were full. They weren’t. I told the truck driver to [...]

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The Only Air-to-Air Kill for the British Phantom

On May 25th 1982, Squadron Leader Roy Lawrence and his RIO Lt. Alistair Inverarity of RAF 92 Squadron were sitting in their McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV (SN: XV422) on ZULU alert at RAF Wildenrath.

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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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Tomcat Versus Eagle

This story is no shit because I was there. You civilians try to stay up and if you have to, Google it . The Air Force was thinking about acquiring the F-14 Tomcat.  The ones that were sold to Iran were built to Air Force specifications, mainly not carrier capable because the Iranians didn’t have [...]

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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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The Legend of 666.

Ever worked on or fly and aircraft with 666 as a tail number? Weird shit happens.

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Unusual End of Runway Duty

I hijacked this from Facebook. Read on Loyal Reader….

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George AFB 1979

My first assignment in the US Air Force was at George AFB, California. I was a crew chief assigned to White Section,B Flight. Were you there too?

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As I turned to the runway, 269 was just lifting off and “flop” the left wing folds up. I was thinking, “Where’s this thing going to crash?”

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