While at Spangdahlem AB as a 1st Lt, I drew the floor plan for a building that was later constructed exactly as I had designed it.
Over a period of almost two years, as the wing waited for funding to become available, I perfected the floor plan which the 52nd Wing Civil Engineer and Architect adopted “line for line” and built.
I discussed the floor plan over those two years with every “stake holder” in the outcome, as well as renovation ideas for two additional buildings that were part of the overall project; and worked and reworked the floor plan until everyone agreed on the layout.
This was my 480th TFS “photo board” picture as a “Mission Ready” 2nd Lt. I’m still wearing my blue “Fighting Hawks” name tag under the jacket as my “Warhawk” name tag was still on order.
This was my 480th TFS “photo board” picture as a 1st Lt – all photos were taken sitting in the front cockpit.
This was my Warhawk “photo board” picture as a Captain – in front of the custom built 480th TFS patch that someone hand crafted.
The 52nd Wing photographer used this “antique looking” Polaroid test photo for a “Top Gun” award photo shoot for the base newspaper.
A second “antique looking” Polaroid test photo was used by the 52nd TFW photographer to set up the final photo.
This was the photo used in the base newspaper to announce the “Top Gun” awards I received as a Captain.
This series of the original 4×6 photos begins the 480th TFS wing photo shoot launch out at the flightline – here a “Warhawk” F-4E lands and pops the drag chute.
The F-4G’s landing light is just visible in the lower left portion of this photo above the horizon.
The F-4G is now just barely visible as it approaches the runway at Spangdahlem AB.
The “Fighting Hawks” F-4G is now visible as it approaches the Spangdahlem AB runway to land.
The F-4G’s main landing gear make their distinctive “smoke swirls” after touching down on the runway.
This is a blue tail 23rd TFS “Fighting Hawks” F-4G landing at Spangdahlem AB.
The “Fighting Hawks” F-4G rolls out down the runway with drag chute in tow (the photo was cropped and enlarged to see the detail).