It was a rainy and overcast spring day when our Warhawk Advance Team deployed from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, to RAF Sculthorpe, UK.
Spangdahlem AB’s runway was going to be repaved, and for three months all three squadrons would have to deploy for three months and rotate a month at a time through: Zaragoza AB, Spain; Bitburg AB, Germany; and RAF Sculthorpe, UK.
As the Life Support Officer, I deployed with the Warhawk Advance Team as lead WSO to prepare RAF Sculthorpe for the squadron’s later arrival.
Our four ship above the weather enroute to RAF Sculthorpe, UK, for the first month of our deployment while Spangdahlem AB’s runway was repaved.
Our four ship on the ramp at RAF Sculthorpe with good weather at the start of our month long deployment to the UK.
I decided to capture the moment and photograph our jets on the ramp at RAF Sculthorpe, UK.
It was our task to open up the mothballed buildings for the squadron’s later arrival.
My main task was to set up the Life Support Shop to accept everyone’s gear on their arrival and be ready to launch sorties.
There were empty mothballed houses on base that we opened up to use, full of dust, and set up cots – which was all we had for furniture.
At the last minute I decided not to bring my flight jacket which was a big mistake – spring in England gets cold!
The spring allergy season was in full swing in England as well, and with the dusty houses, it was a tough spring to endure.
When we landed at RAF Sculthorpe, I had a full size American Flag on a segmented pole that I flew high above the rear cockpit on our arrival as we taxied in.
This paint scheme was my favorite as these shark’s teeth really mean business.
Our maintainers drove to RAF Sculthorpe, UK, and were there to receive us and begin setting up shop as well.
We flew overwater range sorties, air-to-air sorties, and Spadeadam Range sorties as well.
Some of us later deployed to Soesterberg AB, NL, to be “targets” for the F-15’s “William Tell” tune-up sorties.
During my first assignment to Spangdahlem AB, Germany, I spent more time away from the base than I was actually home it seemed.
The single guys were the first volunteers and the first to be volunteered to go TDY – which was easier on the families of the rest of the squadron.
Tail number “74052” was designated as the 52nd TFW official “Wing” aircraft at Spangdahlem AB.
The F-4E Phantom II looked good at any angle, and here are the burner cans – silent for now until Monday morning.
Our four ship lined up on the ramp waiting for the rest of the squadron to join them.
Jets lined up on the ramp always look good instead of being parked in individual shelters.
The Rhino looks like a “real fighter” and means business from any angle you look at “Double Ugly.”
The weather was clear and cold on our arrival – a typical British spring – and I left my flight jacket at home.
Prior to the squadron’s arrival, I set up the Life Support Shop and made time to paint our Warhawk patch on the wall above the shop prior to the squadron’s arrival.
This is the only painting I ever actually signed because it was highly “encouraged” at the time – I never though of my paintings as my own – once they were finished they belonged to the squadron.