David A. Skilling

 


Preferred Name: Dave

Nickname/Call Sign: Misty 104

Date Of Birth: June 7, 1941

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel, O5

Hometown: Belmont, MA

Biography

Misty 104

Post USAF: 1986-87 Operations Analyst, Lockheed “Skunk Works”, Burbank, CA

1987-2006 Pilot, instructor, check airman, course developer, Northwest Airlines. Aircraft flown there – five. But you ‘real” fighter pilots are not interested in the designation of these busses, which I couldn’t turn upside down.

Over ten and a half USAF years in Europe were tremendous. The rest was only wonderful. We didn’t fully appreciate the very high quality of you USAF folks until we worked after USAF. We look forward to seeing you F-100 buddies at the reunions and whenever else we can.

“We” are me and current and original wife, Abby. After many various jobs in following me around on the PCS’s, she was executive assistant to several F-22 project managers at Lockheed,(Burbank, CA and then Marietta, GA) and retired from there. We’re now (2015) happily retired in Marietta, GA.

Units Assigned

  • (Dates – Unit – Aircraft (if applicable :
  • 1963-64 Pilot training, Webb AFB, TX
  • 1964-65 F-100 checkout, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1965-68 77 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, England, with regular TDY’s to Aviano, Italy, Cigli, Turkey, and Wheelus, Libya.
  • 1968-69 306 TFS, Tuy Hoa AB, Viet Nam (F-100)
  • 1969 Misty FAC, Phu Cat AB, Viet Nam, & moved to Tuy Hoa (F-100)
  • 1969 4517 TFTS, Luke. IP (F-100)
  • 1970-72 418 TFTS, Luke. Student then IP (F-104G)
  • 1972-73 USAF/German Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Luke. Student then IP, then flight commander. (F-104G)
  • 1973-76 7055 Operations Squadron, Ramstein Airbase, Germany. IP and “evaluation officer”. This unit was “triple-hatted as an ops squadron, as HQ USAFE/DOON, and as HQ/NATO SHAPE’s NATO Training Division. It’s job was assistance and stand/eval of the non-US strike units. Additional duty: to augment the NATO Tac-Eval teams. Current in the F-104 with six countries at fourteen bases for regular eval TDY’s. Also flew as “eval” pilot (non current and in the back seat) at other bases in F-4C/D/E/M (M was RAF), F-100, F-111, F15.
  • 1976 FAC/ALO, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. (O-2A)
  • 1977 Fighter ALO, HQ 18th Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg (O-2A)
  • 1978 Senior FAC/ALO, 82d Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. (O-2A)
  • 1979-83 Commander, 7055 Ops Sq (see 1973 above — more “throw us into the briar patch” tough duty!)
  • 1983-86 Chief, Air/Land Programs Office, HQ/TAC/XP, Langley AFB VA. (aircraft flown – a big gray steel desk!*#. And the aero club!)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-4 C/D/E
RAF-4 M
F-100
F-104 G
F-111
F-15
O-2A

Military Education

  • BS, USAF Academy
  • ACSS (correspondence)
  • AWC (correspondence)

Civilian Education

  • MBA, U of Utah
Biography

Biography

Misty 104

Post USAF: 1986-87 Operations Analyst, Lockheed “Skunk Works”, Burbank, CA

1987-2006 Pilot, instructor, check airman, course developer, Northwest Airlines. Aircraft flown there – five. But you ‘real” fighter pilots are not interested in the designation of these busses, which I couldn’t turn upside down.

Over ten and a half USAF years in Europe were tremendous. The rest was only wonderful. We didn’t fully appreciate the very high quality of you USAF folks until we worked after USAF. We look forward to seeing you F-100 buddies at the reunions and whenever else we can.

“We” are me and current and original wife, Abby. After many various jobs in following me around on the PCS’s, she was executive assistant to several F-22 project managers at Lockheed,(Burbank, CA and then Marietta, GA) and retired from there. We’re now (2015) happily retired in Marietta, GA.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • (Dates – Unit – Aircraft (if applicable :
  • 1963-64 Pilot training, Webb AFB, TX
  • 1964-65 F-100 checkout, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1965-68 77 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, England, with regular TDY’s to Aviano, Italy, Cigli, Turkey, and Wheelus, Libya.
  • 1968-69 306 TFS, Tuy Hoa AB, Viet Nam (F-100)
  • 1969 Misty FAC, Phu Cat AB, Viet Nam, & moved to Tuy Hoa (F-100)
  • 1969 4517 TFTS, Luke. IP (F-100)
  • 1970-72 418 TFTS, Luke. Student then IP (F-104G)
  • 1972-73 USAF/German Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Luke. Student then IP, then flight commander. (F-104G)
  • 1973-76 7055 Operations Squadron, Ramstein Airbase, Germany. IP and “evaluation officer”. This unit was “triple-hatted as an ops squadron, as HQ USAFE/DOON, and as HQ/NATO SHAPE’s NATO Training Division. It’s job was assistance and stand/eval of the non-US strike units. Additional duty: to augment the NATO Tac-Eval teams. Current in the F-104 with six countries at fourteen bases for regular eval TDY’s. Also flew as “eval” pilot (non current and in the back seat) at other bases in F-4C/D/E/M (M was RAF), F-100, F-111, F15.
  • 1976 FAC/ALO, 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. (O-2A)
  • 1977 Fighter ALO, HQ 18th Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg (O-2A)
  • 1978 Senior FAC/ALO, 82d Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC. (O-2A)
  • 1979-83 Commander, 7055 Ops Sq (see 1973 above — more “throw us into the briar patch” tough duty!)
  • 1983-86 Chief, Air/Land Programs Office, HQ/TAC/XP, Langley AFB VA. (aircraft flown – a big gray steel desk!*#. And the aero club!)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

F-4 C/D/E
RAF-4 M
F-100
F-104 G
F-111
F-15
O-2A

Military Education

  • BS, USAF Academy
  • ACSS (correspondence)
  • AWC (correspondence)

Civilian Education

  • MBA, U of Utah
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