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Breeze147
08-09-2004, 06:24 AM
While we respectfully honor the pilots who accomplished heroic and magnificent feats of daring, let's honor the crew chiefs, plane captains, mechanics, etc. who kept these birds in the air under sometimes impossible conditions. They had to scavenge, barter and sometimes flat out steal parts that they needed. Imagine if you will, being presented with a badly shot up plane and having it airworthy the next day. A lot of hard work and dedication is what did it.

It takes 50 people to keep a modern day jet fighter ready to fly. I imagine it was a bit less in WWII, but I'm sure there were no less than 20 ground support people directly or indirectly involved. From the mechanics to the clerks who kept records to the security force who kept everyone safe to the cook who made the meals to the fuel truck driver to the airfield maintenance crews who kept the airfield in condition, 3 CHEERS TO YOU ALL!!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

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Breeze147
08-09-2004, 06:24 AM
While we respectfully honor the pilots who accomplished heroic and magnificent feats of daring, let's honor the crew chiefs, plane captains, mechanics, etc. who kept these birds in the air under sometimes impossible conditions. They had to scavenge, barter and sometimes flat out steal parts that they needed. Imagine if you will, being presented with a badly shot up plane and having it airworthy the next day. A lot of hard work and dedication is what did it.

It takes 50 people to keep a modern day jet fighter ready to fly. I imagine it was a bit less in WWII, but I'm sure there were no less than 20 ground support people directly or indirectly involved. From the mechanics to the clerks who kept records to the security force who kept everyone safe to the cook who made the meals to the fuel truck driver to the airfield maintenance crews who kept the airfield in condition, 3 CHEERS TO YOU ALL!!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/air_power/ap16.jpg

Breeze147
08-09-2004, 11:32 AM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gifYes, remember the little fellow. Huzzah. Now, where DID I leave that silver spoon? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif

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Platypus_1.JaVA
08-09-2004, 11:55 AM
You know, the aircraft belongs to the ground crew! They spend far more time with it then the pilots. An average F-16 needs 8 hours of all kinds of maintenance for just one hour of flying.

We just let the pilot borrow it every now and then http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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FI WILLIE
08-09-2004, 01:41 PM
I was an Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class in 'Nam for VA-82, an A-7C squadron aboard the USS AMERICA. The pilots were very proud of us. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif We could make or BREAK their day real easy.

My job during the "turnarounds" was fuzing the bombs, and making sure the M-61 gun was ready to rock and roll. Then I went up on the bow cats during launch and did the final arming just prior to the cat shot. I was also on the de-arm crew when they landed with unexpended or "hung" ordnance.

The pilots didn't gripe too loud at the ordy's or the parachute riggers.

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tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
08-09-2004, 02:05 PM
Bless em all

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LEXX_Luthor
08-09-2004, 07:00 PM
Don't forget those who built the runways, especially in China. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif


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