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?

This was my first jet F-4C  63-7556.  . Sgt Jeff Hofer was the crew chief and I was his FNG assistant.


Here’s Jeff dropping the boarding ladder on an A-7 during one of our airshows.

Back in 1977, the F-15 Eagle was brand new and we went to Nellis AFB to fly against them.  We waxed their butt so bad that when they left they tagged our jets with ducks.

540 “shot down” 3 F-15’s and a F-106.


That’s me getting my incentive ride.

We traded our F-4C’s for G models.  They asked for volunteers to go help the F-105 folks transition into the Phantom so I raised my hand.  We were doing acceptance inspection on low time F-4E’s and then sent them to Seattle for what we called “The Sex Change”.  The 20mm gun was cut off and replaced with all the WILD WEASEL equipment.  The transition was slow so I wound up crewing F-105’s for a couple of months.

F-105F Wild Weasel.SAM Killers. “First in, Last Out”. “Custer faced a threat filled environment too”. And of course “YGTBSM”.
My G Model was 69-0238 and named “Super Chicken”.


Pilots wondered why she was called “Super Chicken”.  It was from the kid’s cartoon.

When you find youself in danger,
When you’re threatened by a stranger,
When it looks like you will take a lickin’, (puk, puk, puk)
There is someone waiting,
Who will hurry up and rescue you,
Just Call for Super Chicken! (puk, ack!)
Then they liked the name.  That was the Wild Weasel mission.  To kill SAM’s and protect the bombers.
Wild Weasel Crew

35th TFW White Section B Flight 1979

I Watched as the Phantom Crashed

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3 thoughts on “George AFB 1979

  1. At George 76-84 worked thuds. Yellow section. Crew Chief on 438. Mostly worked swings then went to Tool room due to hearing loss.

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