F-15 Picture Frame

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Project by grumpybear7357 posted 10-12-2020 03:07 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have worked Avionic Systems on USAF F-15 Fighters for now over 46 years. Although I retired this year I still work some engineering issues part time. Whenever we have guests visit from out-of-town I try to get them to the base air museum to show off our hardware, I have a friend about my age that had never seen an F-15 Eagle close up, so when he came to speak at our church last year I took him on a tour of our base Air Museum, and got him up close to many USAF aircraft, including the F-15. He was thrilled.

As a gift to him, I made him a walnut picture frame and enclosed one of my favorite F-15 photos. This particular picture was taken in Northern Ireland while flying a low level training mission through the “Mach Loop” (google it for some awesome photos and videos). The last time my friend was here, I gave him the framed photo.

Frame is walnut harvested from my uncle’s farm in West Virginia. The frame has maple corner splines across the miters showing on the outside of each corner. The photo is covered by 1/8 inch glass that is rabbeted into the edge of the frame. The photo was enlarged to 10×12 inches. Finish is equal parts Satin Poly/BLO/Mineral Spirits. Thanks for looking.

-- Never Underestimate an Old Man with a Tractor...

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#1 posted 10-12-2020 03:40 AM

Great Photo and Beautiful Frame. The F-15 C/D were the first Aircraft I worked on in the Air Force as a Weapons Specialist at Kadena, AB. Okinawa, Japan 1980-81. So it brought back memories. I retired from the Reserves in 2010, several career fields later. RDan SMSgt Retired UASFR

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#2 posted 10-12-2020 11:23 AM

Good looking frame.

Did you happen to work in the WR-ALC? I know some people that do flight test there.

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#3 posted 10-12-2020 11:35 AM

Yes – I worked in the ALC from 1987 until 2020. Only occasional contact with Functional Flight Test over the years. Mostly to borrow an aircraft for an hour of ground test, etc.

-- Never Underestimate an Old Man with a Tractor...

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