01 DEC 1982, Hahn AB, West Germany- F-16A 80-0564, Call Sign “Curl 8” of the 313th FTS, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing crashed on landing at Hahn Airbase. The pilot, First Lieutenant Rick French, ejected safely.
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.
I was a Flight Chief as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force.
It was 1983 at Laughlin AFB, Texas. I was working in Whiskey Flight in the T-38 Branch when Chief Melton called me to his office. When I got there, my neighbor and friend Alan Jones was already there. The Chief got right down to business.
I was the unofficial NCOIC of Pranks and Practical Jokes. As a Tsgt, folks came to me and cleared their antics with me. They were really asking how much trouble they would get into. I vetoed many and was ignored a lot. I DID NOT APPROVE 7. M-80’s will not be lit and then flushed. 34. Spiking [...]
It was a dark and stormy night. A group of drunken crew chiefs decided it would great fun to pinch a four foot fiberglass chipmunk off of the mini golf course at Incirlik AB, Turkey.
Have you seen Skippy’s List on the internet? I hereby present Chippie’s List. Feel free to add to the list but don’t make shit up. You won’t have to. The list is restricted to Hahn AB.
You might think these stories are Urban Legends, but they’re not.
We were reminded to not pull people off of weekend duty to play.
“Trip” and “Snooze” are a couple of F-16 pilots who happen to sing. Actually, a lot of pilots sing, these guys are good at it. A while back they started emailing me to inquire about the F-16 bumper stickers I do. One thing leads to another and they invite me out to a “gig” they [...]