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Glad to be here,

I am retired Air Force - 27 years. Got started in modeling back in 1961 when I became an aircraft crew chief on an F106A I have been a crew chief on F105s, F4C/D, F15 A/B/E and F16s.

I was on again off again modeling depending on the world situation, I only modeled military aircraft.

Currently, with the eyes getting older, I model 1:32 scale and am modeling a TAMIA F16CJ with a TAMIA P51D up next.

Plans are to start modeling some armor also. Again glad to be here. RETAC

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Welcome aboard Bruce! Perhaps you can share some images of that F-16CJ?

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Welcome Bruce! Glad to have you! One word of caution! Once you build a tank.......You'll NEVER wanna build a wingy thingy again!!!!

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Am sure glad to be with you-all. Dick I will surely send some shots of the CJ, after I build the ground support equipment that comes with it.

Clair, I retired to our farm (non working) in North Central PA, place called Roaring Branch (30 miles North of Williamsport).

Am looking forward to the tracked machines.

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Welcome aboard Bruce. You said you were in the Air Force back in '61. Did you know a technician on F106s named Forrest Long? He was stationed at Oxnard AB with ADC at that time, and prior to that Lowery AFB in '60. He was a fire control system specialist on F-101s ('59) and on F-106s by '61. I worked with him in the aerospace business for over 10 years. Happy Modeling,

 

Mark Fiedler (aAzZ09)

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Love any aircraft my Dad worked on and the Dart was one of them! Stationed at Langley for eight years!

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Mark,

Yes the Dart was the thing in it's day. We used to compete with the Langley guys every year at Tyndall AFB FL. Maitenance wise it was a hard bird to work on, initially we had a lot of down time for electronics and ejection systems.

Maintenance really got challenging when it was -25' and the wind was blowing...

My favorite bird was the F16. By that time in my career I was a maintenance superintendent at Luke AFB in Phoenix AZ. Still got my hands dirty when I could. I took my retirement ride in a brand new F16D!!What a ride...

Nice hearing from you.

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