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There was a program that had been long running at the USAF to allow young Lieutenant co-pilots of USAF 'heavies' some solo flight time in a T-37 or T-38 aircraft.  I shot this old "ACE" (advanced co-pilot enrichment) jet at Grand Forks AFB in 1981… .

In the early 1990s the USAF was radically transformed and new commands such as Air Combat Command were formed from the former Tactical Air Command and the Strategic Air Command. Tanker and Airlift assets from the old Strategic Air Command and Military Airlift Command were combined into the new Air Mobility Command. The old "ACE" program (still a valid concept) got the 'cooler' name of Companion Trainer Program.

These T-37 and T-38 aircraft were now to be painted in the camouflage scheme of the mission aircraft of the unit.

Fortunately, many of the CTP aircraft were brought in to Luke AFB for re-paint from the old 'boring' white scheme to the much cooler grey or black camo schemes like these jets:………
Here are a few jets shot in March 1992 (on a pretty crappy day!) that I hope you enjoy!

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callumreid123 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Have you ever worked on any kind of jump jets or VTOLs? 

F16CrewChief Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
No sir, Just F-16s, a few F-4s and LGM-30G missiles.
callumreid123 Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Aw. I love jump jets. I haven't seen many good photos of them on this website though. 

Harrier GR7A's are my favorite 
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Here are a few Harriers:
An AV-8C seen a year or so before the type was retired…

An early AV-8B…

and the prototype Night Attack AV-8B from VX-5…

I have several more AV-8C/B shots posted here

Glad you liked the pics
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thefightingfalcon08 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
F-16 lands with half a wing.

The best I've seen was "I bet the Crew Chief was pissed."
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw that article.  Actually wings are pretty easy to change on the F-16. I assisted on two wing changes on early F-16As, back in the day.
thefightingfalcon08 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :)
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer… is a view of the finger braces. There are four (i think) of these on the top and bottom of the wings.. You pull off the TE Flaperon as well as all of the rotary actuators for the LE flaps…
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ZaidABRahman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Photographer
Do you got Instagram? Would love to see these in my feed sometime!
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No sir. I am not on any other websites. Glad you enjoy the shots!
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