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I was looking at my DA 'stats' and noticed I was two deviations shy of 4200 submissions. 

Well here they are.

A KC-135A and an EB-57B that I shot a Grand Forks a lifetime ago, or so it seems sometimes :)

I would like to thank everyone who stopped by and favorite or commented on my photos!

They sure were fun to photograph!

Thanks again!

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F16CrewChief
The New Number Two...
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Retired from the Air Force. Currently working in general aviation.

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wolfos96 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Is the F-16 as tough to work on as I hear? I'm PCSing to a 16s unit soon, and I hear it's a bit tougher to maintain than the 15s (well, E&E-wise, at least).
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know.  The old Block 1's I used to maintain were much more difficult to work on than the Block 42s I worked.  Both were easier to maintain to my brief exposure to the F-4s.  The only downside to working any current USAF acft is the age of the acft.  There is limited supply chain support from the acft as the productions lines are closed for all but a few of them. The US military has never had the same type of equipment in service as long as the current generation of acft, ships missiles, and ground equipment
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wolfos96 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, I've been told from others that older aircraft generally seem to break less, whereas newer models (namely the CV-22) tend to be awful. I've noticed a similar trend amongst the F-15s (newer models tend to break less). Guess I'll learn for myself in a few months here.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The Block 40/42s I worked were pretty easy jets to work.  I am not sure if they still used kapton wiring, but these harnesses were a bit trouble prone.

The ECS system was pretty much a non issue as it was very robust when the jets were new (in the 1980's and 1990s). The bleed air lines in the mid fuselage areas are pretty inaccessable, but it was rare to have to mess w/ these.

The EPU was easy to work, except for getting the H70 purged, disconnected and hooked back up after MX.

I used to swap out CSD/Gen as well as the STBY gens w/ no issues. 

I hope they changed the anti-skid systems to AC as the DC gens were a bit troublesome. The ESS system could be a pain when it had system failures, but it was no where near as common on the later blocks as it was on the old 78 Block 1 acft.

Since it is an 'electric' jet, broken grounds can be troublesome!
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rosenthj1 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  New member
i spent some time crewing F15 at Luke from 87-90
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:) It is interesting how many former USAF/ Navy maintainers I have met thru DA!

A few USAF pilots as well.
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rosenthj1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  New member
I saw your pic of F4-E 68-0330 from Osan. I crewed that jet from Nov85-Nov86.
Great jet!!!
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you liked the shot!  I had a good time at Osan in 1988 and again at the Kun in 1994!
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callumreid123 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Have you ever worked on any kind of jump jets or VTOLs? 

.o.
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F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No sir, Just F-16s, a few F-4s and LGM-30G missiles.
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