by Staff Sgt. Derek VanHorn
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Growing up in the backwoods of Arkansas, he’d never turned a wrench a day in his life. Most of his time was spent at fishing holes, hauling hay and running around with his buddies. The closest he got to a garage was changing his car oil for a senior year shop class. It would be an understatement to say he was shocked to learn he’d be fixing jets for a living.
“I thought ‘this is crazy, you want to put an 18-year-old in charge of a jet?'” said Staff Sgt. James McFadden. “But I love it. I knew I’d love it from that point on.”
Continue reading Generating Airpower: Chiefs of the flightline
By Senior Airman David Owsianka
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Imagine working on something worth approximately $60 million and being responsible for the safety of another person’s life. For the crew chiefs of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, that’s just another day at work as they repair and maintain U-2 Dragon Ladies to ensure the squadron’s pilots can safely complete their reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
Continue reading Day in the life of a U-2 crew chief
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Photo: Two Alaska Air National Guard HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters fly in formation over Alaska, March 14, 2012. The primary mission of the Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night personnel recovery operations into hostile environments to recover isolated personnel during war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell)
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Photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Radcliff, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the exhaust of an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft after a mission during Exercise Anatolian Falcon 2012 in Konya, Turkey, March 6, 2012. The U.S. and Turkish air forces were flying together during the exercise in an effort to strengthen relationships and ensure regional peace and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)