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#3 Bill Lassiter wglassiter@msn.com  2013-05-30 00:11
I worked 66-021 with Crew Chief TSgt James Sercey at Takhli during Combat Lancer when it was an F-111A, March - November 1968. This aircraft was one of 9 Harvest Reaper mod aircraft and flew sorties at Takhli but the F-111 tail number listing fails to mention this. The official AF history about Harvest Reaper/Combat Lancer aircraft has several errors during this time but cannot be changed since it was recorded and is now official. Since the sorties were flown at night and the aircraft were camouflaged with OD Green undersides (the later production aircraft were painted with black undersides) it was impossible to know which aircraft was taxying in. I painted an orange checkerboard design on the inside of the nose gear doors so I could recognize my aircraft from the light of the taxi light which made identification for parking much easier. The last time I worked the aircraft was on the redeployment back stateside when I and Sgt Sam Snell recovered and then launched it out of Anderson AFB, Guam in November 1968. I saw 66-021 (not sure when they added the extra zero in the tail number) again at Mountain Home AFB after it received the EF-111 Mod but did not work on it since it was assigned to a different unit.
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#2 james sercey james.sercey2010@gmail.com  2013-05-29 22:33
I was the first crew chief on this Aircraft. I went to General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX. and watched her through the assemble line. Col Detman brought her to Nellis AFB, NV. in 1968. We prepared her for Combat and in 1968 we formed Harvest Reaper/ Combat Lancer and took her to Takhli Thai Air Base, Thailand. Later that year all F111A acft were Grounded, and I left her there an returned to Nellis AFB. She later was one of that original six that was modified into the EF111A. She was a Wonderful Acft, and deserves a better death than the junk heap!! Msgt James F Sercey USAF Ret.
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#1 RICK GAGNON GAGSRUS@MSN.COM  2010-07-22 00:00
I WAS AT MT. HOME AFB IDAHO BETWEEN 1977 AND 1980. SUMMER OF 77 THE A MODELS ALL CAME UP FROM NELLIS AFB DURING READY SWITCH. WE SENT THE F MODELS TO LAKENHEATH. 66-021 WAS THE BEST HANGER QUEEN WE HAD. GOOD FOR SPARE PARTS AND ANYTHING ELSE WE COULD USE. SHE WAS ON THE GROUND I THINK THE WHOLE TIME I WAS THERE. SOME OF THE 66 MODELS, I CAN STILL REMEMBER CAME WITH SOME OF THE PANELS ON THE SIDE OF THE AIRPLANE WERE REPAIRED INSIDE WITH BEER CANS FROM VIETNAM. JUST BEFORE I GOT OUT IN THE FALL OF 1980 WE ACTUALLY GOT 6021 FIRED UP ON THE TARMAC. BOY WHAT A SMOKEY MESS THAT WAS, AND LEAK WOW!!!. IT WAS SURE NICE THAT THE OLD BIRD STILL HAD SOME LIFE LEFT IN HER AS AN EF MODEL. CAN STILL REMEMBER WHEN THE FIRST EF CAME TO MOUNTAIN HOME FOR WEATHER TRAINING. 6041 OR 6047 CANT REMEMBER WHICH. THOSE WERE THE DAYS.
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