After four years of flying the F-4E/G at Spangdahlem AB, Germany; I returned to Mather AFB and joined the 450th FTS and completed Nav Instructor Training in the Boeing T-43, the T-45 simulator and in classroom academic “platform” instruction.
This was the original scarf for the 450th FTS; we were all experienced fighter Instructor Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs), and taught the Tactical Navigation portion of the curriculum at Mather AFB.
We later upgraded to a “tactical” scarf with the F-4 design for the 450th FTS; the instructors with an F-111 background lost the vote.
While in the 450th FTS, we took a typical “fighter squadron photo” on top of this F-4 Phantom at Mather AFB, CA.
I’m sitting on the F-4’s spine in the top back row (second from the right), with the scarf around my forehead…not a flattering look if I do say so myself.
Our squadron later merged with the 455th FTS’s T-37 “Tweet” pilots, who flew our “Tac Nav” students on their T-37 sorties; and the 455th FTS patch became our new combined squadron’s name and patch.
We all wore the 455th patch and this checkered scarf in one combined squadron of T-37 “Tweet” instructor pilots and IWSOs.
We wore a leather name tag on both our flight suit and the leather flight jacket.
This was our upgraded leather trimmed Air Training Command patch, which was worn on the leather flight jacket.
Here’s the new updated blue and white paint scheme for the T-37 “Tweets” that our squadron’s pilots flew; this photo was taken from a calendar and shows a Columbus AFB, MS, T-37 (the old paint scheme was just plain white).
This is a squadron photo that was taken on a static display F-4 of the newly combined 455th FTS instructor pilots and instructor WSOs.
I’m standing in the center of the picture in my “blues;” as I had an official photo taken just prior to this photo.
Jim and I were both selected as “Instructors of the Quarter” for the 323rd Flying Training Wing and flew together in a “4 ship flyover” for a special event; and here the Wing photographer takes my picture preparing for the flight.
In this photo while I’m getting ready to fly the sortie with Jim, you can see the 455th FTS patch that is on my right shoulder.
Here’s a close-up of the same picture, and I must say that the Wing photographer took a good picture here – as good as anyone can make me look at least…
This is the photo that was used in the base newspaper of the event, and you can see that I’m wearing my old 480th TFS “Warhawk” patch from Spangdahlem AB, Germany – all the IWSOs wore our old unit patches on our left shoulders in the squadron.