Photos – Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL – 1982-1983 (Set One – F-4D “Phantom II” RTU)


14 thoughts on “Photos – Homestead AFB, Homestead, FL – 1982-1983 (Set One – F-4D “Phantom II” RTU)

  1. My husband, David, was stationed at Homestead from 1981-1989. You may have flown with him. He later became 309th squadron commander.

    • Patricia, I arrived at Homestead AFB and the 309th TFS ‘Wild Ducks’ in the fall of 1982, and arrived at Spangdahlem AB in August, 1983, after attending Survival Training enroute; so our time definitely overlapped. I vaguely remember your last name, but remembering names has always been my weak point! He was probably a Major in ’82-’83 and we definitely would have flow together! 🙂 He would remember my picture and perhaps the fact that I painted the Wild Duck’s logo in acrylics and gave it to the squadron when I graduated. I wonder if he was the Major that entered our Dining-Out late…while I was Mr. Vice?? Cheers! Mark

  2. Mr. Jones,
    Nice to see your site and all the memories. Way back in 1980/81 I was also stationed at Homestead AFB (1980-1981), and I spent a month or two at Hollimon AFB as well for Borderstar 81- Joint operations Spring of 1981. Thank you for the memories..

    • Thanks for checking-in, CJ! 🙂 Nice to hear from you. I love to stroll down ‘Memory Lane’ and remember the ‘Old Days’ and these photos of Homestead AFB in its glory days show a time and a place that will never be again…sad, but time moves on. Thank you for your service!

      Cheers! 🙂


  3. Andrew J Wilkerson Those Are Some Nice Pictures Of Homestead AFB It Was Different Looking Back In Dec.1966 When We Left There On Our Way To Tuy Hoa Vietnam With The 31st TFW 309thTF sq. I Was A Crewchief On The F-100D Flightline Mechanic Lots Of Memories

    • Andrew,

      Thanks for sharing your memories of Homestead AFB and the 309th TFS with me! Time never stands still and keeps moving forward, but it sure is nice to stroll down Memory Lane once in a while!

      Cheers! 🙂


  4. I transferred from George AFB (VCV) to HAFB 5 SEP 1962 just in time for the Cuban Missile Crisis. Looking to find a 309TH ‘duck’ patch. These were dicey times; I was a 43151C ACFT Mech, then we had F-100D/F’s LeadSleds. Can you help me with the patch, WL CK back later. TNX in advance AJG USAF Ret.

    • Thanks for checking-in and sharing your memories with us, Andrew! ☼ Sorry I can’t help you with the patch, as I gave all my Air Force memorabilia to a collector friend of mine years ago. I would suggest trying an online auction site to find the 309th patch you’re looking for…

      Cheers! ☼ 🙂


  5. Forgot to mention deployment to Aviano AB near Pordenone (Udine) Italy. We were on standard NATO rotation with arrows for western Europe at the same time my Father was with the 322ND Air Division at Evreux-Fauville AB,France. One of my old man,s C130 picked me up, flew me to Evreux and we toured Europe. You can,t make this up Stepen King!!!

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Robert, and for your service as well! ☼ It’s nice to walk down Memory Lane every now and then, and I cherish the photos I took during those years! Cheers! ☼ 🙂 Mark

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