McChord Air Museum Foundation volunteers (L-R) Jack
Whitaker, Ken Roberts Dick Jones, Harvey Wishoff, Alice
Jackson, Bert Brandt and Jerry McNeil pose next to F-16
82-0929 formally assigned to North Dakota National Guard.
After months of work behind the scenes, F-16 82-0929 emerged
from the McChord Alert Facility hundreds of pounds lighter
in preparation for display on the grounds of the Western Air
Defense Sector (WADS) located on the south end of the base.
Over the last few weeks, members from the 162nd
Fighter Wing, out of Tucson AZ and WADS, “de-milled” the
aircraft, removing sensitive and serviceable items
(including the engine). Once complete, the F-16 was moved
from to the Museums restoration hangar to undergo some
“final touches” in preparation for a complete repainting.
Another member volunteered for the project was Museum Member
charge of documenting and researching distinctive markings
for “Hooligan” F-16s
and basic markings worn by this and other Fighting
Falcons. Once complete, information will be provided to
painters from the 62 AW since most markings will be lost
after the aircraft is sanded and primed. “Painting a F-16 is
not something they’re not use
to” said White, “We want to give the painters all of
the tools to insure, from tip to tail, -929 is historically
Plans are to mount the aircraft next to the F-4 display by
NORAD’s 50th Anniversary in May of 2008.