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Currently living - residing in Argyle, Texas
I went to TD school from October 57 till May '58. I was then assigned to NAS Agana, Guam for 18 months. From there I reported in to FAETULANT DET 2 at NAS Jacksonville,Florida in January 60. While based there I made TD2 and was accepted into the NAVCAD program. While going through flight training I ran into many of my old link buddies. I got my wings on June 8, 1962. My next assignment was to AEWBARRONPAC where I flew the barrier patrol for 3 years. I spent the rest of my hitch at NAS Moffet Field,California. I mustered out in November of '65. I then flew for American Ailines for the next 32 years and am now retired. All of this happened because I was a TD.
I got the coyote tag while on Guam in 58. I stood duty at Base Ops as Duty Driver and got to know the AC's (Air Traffic Controller's) who all had nick names and they gave me coyote. It has followed me the rest of my life. When I was going through flight training most of my class was almost all enlisted and most guys had a fleet nick name. An interesting thing happened when I went to Whiting to fly the T28. When I went to the link shack the first time I knew a few of the guys and they were short of instructors. The chief asked the officer in charge if they could give me a check ride and then use me to instruct on the days I was scheduled for link time and he said okay. I may have been the only NAVCAD to instruct. I only gave 5 or 6 hops, the ones I was scheduled for, but it was fun. The rest of the time I was in the Navy, I was always running into TD`s I knew.
Reminds me of something else that happened when I was going through flight training. I was going up in the T28 for my radio instrument cross country check ride and the instructor thought I was familiar but I told him he had probably seen me in the squadron area. When we got back he repeated that he knew me from somewhere. I asked if I had passed the check ride and he said yes. I then told him that when he was in VW1, I was the link instructor who had given him a down. The guy was a real jerk on Guam and didn`t like enlisted people. He must have mellowed as he laughed when I told him who I was.
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