I was in the US Air Force in the late 1970's. Height of the cold war. But that's not the story I'm telling here, just context.
My first posting was near Madrid Spain, a place called Torrejon – a 'TAC' base or 'Tactical Air Command'. So we had fighter jets. (Yeah, more context.)
Only not the new cool fighters hot off assembly lines. We had old-school F-4s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_F-4_Phantom_II
And the thing about F-4s was, they had something called a 'Door 22'. And that's the story I'm telling…
Door 22 was this hatch located on the underside of the F-4, centered between the wings. You opened it by pulling approximately 5,000 screws on three sides and the fourth side was hinged. (I might be exaggerating the number of screws you had to pull.)
With door 22 down you could stick your head up inside the guts of the aircraft and, right there, was every important system in it. Hydraulic lines, fuel lines and access to the main boost pumps, all the avionics except the black box shit.
Sorry, broke the thread. Here's the rest after this post: https://rustedneuron.com/web/statuses/107040327075019441
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