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Old 01-31-2018, 11:52 PM   #1
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Judging by some user names and avatars I've seen I'm pretty sure there's a few of you out there.

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Got any sea stories(golf course stories if AF?)
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Although the majority of my 21+ year was 3 in Security Police and 17 years Accounting and Finance, mostly Military pay, but on a long break in active duty service, I spent two years as a BB Stacker in the AF reserves doing Bomb and other munitions build ups for the F4 at Carswell AFB, TX.
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Although the majority of my 21+ year was 3 in Security Police and 17 years Accounting and Finance, mostly Military pay, but on a long break in active duty service, I spent two years as a BB Stacker in the AF reserves doing Bomb and other munitions build ups for the F4 at Carswell AFB, TX.
IIRC, it's okay to spin the little rollers on the tail fins of an AIM 9 but not okay to spin the little propeller on the front of a MK 82.

Did I get that right? Correct me if I'm wrong.
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IIRC, it's okay to spin the little rollers on the tail fins of an AIM 9 but not okay to spin the little propeller on the front of a MK 82. Did I get that right? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Been a lot of years, '83 to 85 during the near end of my 8 year break when I went back on active duty and I only worked on an Aim 9 on one occasion in tech school as most of that was relegated to the full time reservists but I think you're correct on the Mk82 propeller. Reserve budgets were a bit tight at the time, so spent most of my time with the blue dummy bombs that mimicked the 500 pounder and linking ammo.
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I spent two years as a BB Stacker in the AF reserves doing Bomb and other munitions build ups for the F4 at Carswell AFB, TX.
That reminds me of some of the most useful advice I ever read:

If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.
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Munitions and Weapons Load Team Crew Chief-----F-4D &E. Eglin AFB, 1969-1971.
You know what they say.....

Without ordnance the Air Force is just a very expensive flying club.

I spent a week out at Eglin in 1967 eating rattlesnake and poke salad during land survival training. Most of my fellow trainees were city boys and/or Yankees and they got very hungry because they wouldn't eat poke salad even though it was all around us. Especially after I told them it was poisonous. I even told them if they boiled it, threw the water out then boiled it again it was perfectly safe to eat.

I had it many times at supper in Texas when I was younger. I never got hungry that week but I did get tired of poke salad.

You probably got your hands on some exotic ordnace at Eglin. Wasn't it the main AF testing and R&D facility?
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Over 30 years Air Force, worked F-4 D models in the 80ís as a pneudraulic systems tech. Man, what a challenge, really loved that jet-learned to crew that jet from one of the best crew chiefs there was, name was Niel Bradley, everybody called Big Time cause he loved the play those craps, anyway the F-4 was one of the best jets ever made, and anyone that ever worked one knows what I mean
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18 years on the F4 Phantom C,D,E, and G models. First 6 were as a F-4D Weapons Control System Tech 1970-1976. Worked Flight line, Cal Docks, and Back shop. Then cross trained to the NEW 326X0C career field which was the old Cat 2 turned into Avionics Support Equipment Tech 1976- 1989. Calibrated and Repaired all the support equipment on any model of the F-4 especially liked the Wild Weasel. Cross trained again to 326X0 PMEL career field. Calibrating and repairing ALL Air Force testing and measurement equipment 1989-1992. Retired in '92.
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That reminds me of some of the most useful advice I ever read:

If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.
Several tried that at Bien Hoa AB South Vietnam Nam May 16th 1965. Unfortunately, a lot of the bomb tech, maintenance and flight crews didn't make it.
I was one that made it, not from running just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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18 years on the F4 Phantom C,D,E, and G models. First 6 were as a F-4D Weapons Control System Tech 1970-1976. Worked Flight line, Cal Docks, and Back shop. Then cross trained to the NEW 326X0C career field which was the old Cat 2 turned into Avionics Support Equipment Tech 1976- 1989. Calibrated and Repaired all the support equipment on any model of the F-4 especially liked the Wild Weasel. Cross trained again to 326X0 PMEL career field. Calibrating and repairing ALL Air Force testing and measurement equipment 1989-1992. Retired in '92.
We have bumped into one another. Stationed at George, Osan, and Moody - with many temp assignments elsewhere.

I was Fire Control tech on F4E from 1973 to 1980. Worked flighline and field shop, with specialty in Cal Dock and maintaining the 307 test set.

Wanted to move to PMEL or some other new challenge but could not get the air force to agree. Said I was needed in my current field... So continued my carrier in electronics and computers as a civilian to retirement a couple years ago.

Throughly enjoyed my years in the service.

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You know what they say.....Without ordnance the Air Force is just a very expensive flying club. ....
We used a variation of that in that "without us, the Air Force would be the world's largest unscheduled airline"
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