Mckinley, Jim, MSgt

Avionics Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
32871-Avionic Navigations Systems Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Avionics Maintenance
Primary Unit
1981-1985, 32871, 418th Aircraft Generation Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
32831-Avionic Navigation Systems Specialist
32851-Avionic Navigation Systems Specialist
Service Years
1965 - 1985
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Professional Military Education Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Association (AFA)Patriot Guard Riders
  1985, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Patriot Guard Riders

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Most of the time you will find me out at the San Marcos airport in the CAF Hanger working on WWII aircraft, maintaining the hanger electrical system that is as old as I am, and trying to keep all the old AGE equipment running, for you Navy guys that is GSE.  I will be there on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. When you walk into the hanger is just like walking into a hanger in WWII.  We have on display a B-25, P-39 (the only one in the world that is currently flying, P-63, 2 T-6 Texans, T-34, replica of a Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter ( "Zeke" ) that was used in the movie Tora Tora Tora (a T-6 Texan airframe was modified to look like a A6M Zero Fighter,) a replica of a Nakajima B5N1/2 Kate (This is a modified T-6 with a BT-13 tail section), that was used in Tora Tora Tora and in the movie Pearl Harbor, an L-4 Laison plane, T-33, and three Nanchang CJ-6s.

Link to Centex Wing

Link to Yellow Rose Sq (B-25)

Link to Commemorative Air Force (Confederate Air Force)

The Central Texas Wing
of the Commemorative Air Force
1841 Airport Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Phone (512) 396-1943
The Commemorative Air Force ( CAF) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and flying the combat aircraft flown by the Allies during World War II (1939 - 1945).The Commemorative Air Force was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.  The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and flying the combat aircraft flown by the Allies during WWII (1939-1945).  The original name of the CAF was the Confederate Air Force.
The Central Texas (Centex) Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located at the San Marcos Municipal Airport, in the only remaining 1943 vintage wooden hangar on the airport. Visitors are invited to tour the WW II Artifacts Exhibit and the display dedicated to the Doolittle Raiders. The Stokes Memorial Library contains the personal aircraft memorabilia collection of John Stokes, founder of the Centex Wing. We do flyovers ballgames, parades, and other activities. We perform Missing Man formations for Warriors that have gone West and perform at air shows. Hank Potter who was Doolittle's Navigator on the raid was also one of out founding members.

Museum and Hanger Operating Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday
09:00  to 16:00

Other Comments:
If you are passing through San Marcos, give me a call and I will get you into see the aircraft and WWII museum.  That is on the off days.

Before the Air Force

Hawkins Field, Jackson, MS
(known as Jackson Army Air Force Base
during WWII which was closed shortly
after the War.)
John Bell Williams Field, Raymond, MS
1955 - 1965

1.  Lockheed Super Constellations (Connies) I worked on the service crew at Hawkins Field, in those days in Jackson.
2.  Douglas DC-3s Delta and Southern Air Line (service crew)  My first airplane ride was on a Southern DC-3, the girl I was dating at this time father was the Station Manager for Southern in Jackson.
3.  Lockheed C-60 Lodestar (This aircraft was being used as a Mirex bomber fighting the fire ant problem in Mississippi.
4.  Ryan L-17 Navion
5.  Aero 500 Aero Commander
6.  Lockheed/Vega Aircraft Company division PV-1/B-34 In the 50s and 60 Howard Aero in San Antonio, TX made conversions and called them  Super Venturas, I think the aircraft I worked on belonged to Miller Enterprises in Jackson.
7.  PT-17 Stearman, at a crop dusters in Rapides Parish south of Alexandra, LA.
8.  Douglas DC-4s, DC-6s and DC-7s Delta Air Lines.  Working on the service crew.
9.  Beechcraft C-45;  The Beechcraft Model 18, or "Twin Beech", as it was better known, is a 6-11 place, twin-engine, low-wing, conventional-gear aircraft that was manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas.  This model saw military service during and after World War II in a number of versions including the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and for the United States Navy (USN), UC-45J Navigator and the SNB-1 Kansan.

Aircraft that I have worked on since retiring from the USAF.

Texas Instruments, INC
McKinney, TX
Robins AFB, GA

1.  I worked on the TFR portion of the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) on the F-111 & EF-111.  Worked in McKinney as an Engineering Tech conducting environmental test on the DFLT (Flight Test Set).  Moved to Robins as a Logistic Rep and supported the system during the 1st Gulf War.  Moved back to McKinney in 1992.

Central Texas Wing
of the
Commemorative Air Force
San Marcos, Texas

1.  North American B-25J Mitchel Bomber "Yellow Rose"
2.  Bell P-39Q Aerocobra "Miss Connie"
3.  Bell P-63 Kingcobra
4.  Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
5.  North American T-6A Texan.  This aircraft is configured as one of the AT-6s used in Korea as a FAC, it carried 2.75 Willy P tipped rockets (smoke rockets) that was used to mark the target for the fighters and bombers.  They were given the nickname of "Mosquito Bomber."
7.  Beechcraft T-34 Mentor.
8.  Mitsubishi A6M Zero replica This is a modified T-6 that was built for the movie "Tora,Tora,Tora".
9.  Nakajima B5N1 Kate replica This is a modified T-6 with a BT-13 tail section, this aircraft was also modified for the movie "Tora,Tora,Tora and was used in the movie "Pearl Harbor" also.
10. Nanchang CJ-6  A common, but erroneous, belief is that the CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Russian Yak-18A.   It's predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a Yak-18 design built under license in China.  The Nanchang CJ-6 is an aircraft designed and built in China for use by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) as a basic trainer.
11.  Piper L-4 Grasshopper The J-3/L-4 (Piper Cub) not only introduced uncounted thousands of aspiring military aviators the basics of flying.  It also became versatile workhorse of the battlefields of WWII.  Remember Henry Fonda looking for the German Tanks during the Battle of the Burgle in The Longest Day, he was in an L-4.


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Maintenance (Senior)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1965, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3706/37515
 Unit Assignments
Technical Training Center - Keesler4410th Combat Crew Training Wing4412th Combat Crew Training Squadron1st Air Commando Wing
8th Avionics Maintenance Squadron49th Avionics Maintenance Squadron1st Special Operations Wing919th Special Operations Wing
67th Avionics Maintenance Squadron12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit418th Aircraft Generation Squadron
  1965-1966, 32831, 3380th Technical School
  1966-1966, 32851, 4410th Combat Crew Training Wing
  1966-1967, 32851, 4412th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1966-1969, 32851, 1st Air Commando Wing
  1969-1971, 32851, 3380th Technical School
  1971-1972, 32871, 8th Avionics Maintenance Squadron
  1972-1973, 32871, 49th Avionics Maintenance Squadron
  1973-1975, 32871, 1st Special Operations Wing
  1975-1977, 32871, 919th Special Operations Wing
  1977-1978, 32871, 67th Avionics Maintenance Squadron
  1978-1981, 32871, 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit
  1981-1985, 32871, 418th Aircraft Generation Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Combat Dragon5
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker I
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
Hinds Community College, Raymond MsTroy State UniversityUniversity of Maryland University CollegeCommunity College of the Air Force
University of Texas at DallasGeorgia College & State UniversityGeorgia College and State University
  1962-1964, Hinds Community College, Raymond Ms2
  1972-1977, Troy State University
  1981-1985, University of Maryland University College
  1981-1984, Community College of the Air Force
  1985-1986, University of Texas at Dallas
  1986-1992, Georgia College & State University
  1987-1991, Georgia College and State University3
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-60 Lodestar  U-6 Beaver  C-121 Constellation  C-45 Expeditor  
L-17 Navion  BT-13 Valiant  U-4 Aero Commander  L-5 Sentinal (Jungle Angel)  
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  AC-47 Spooky/Puff  C-123 Provider  
C-46 Commando  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
U-10 Super Courier  T-28 Trojan  UC-123B/K  Ranch Hand  B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
PT-17 Kaydet  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  C-131 Samaritan  
T-29 Samaritan  UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)  AC-130A Gunship  C-21 Learjet  
T-37 Tweety  C-130 Hercules  T-39 Sabreliner  U-3 Blue Canoe  
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  A-37 Dragonfly  C-141 Starlifter  
C-9 Nightingale  A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)  B-57 Canberra  F-105G  Wild Weasel  
O-2 Skymaster  F-4 Phantom  MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow  OV-10 Bronco  
MH-53J/M  Pave Low  AT-38 Talon  C-140 Jetstar II  RF-4C  Phantom II  
F-111 Aardvark  EF-111 Raven  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-39 Airacobra  
L-4 Grasshopper  AT-6 Texan  B-25 Mitchell  T-34 Mentor  
P-63  Kingcobra  B-24 Liberator  
  1955-1960, C-60 Lodestar
  1955-1965, U-6 Beaver1
  1955-1965, C-121 Constellation
  1960-1964, C-45 Expeditor2
  1960-1964, L-17 Navion
  1960-1964, BT-13 Valiant
  1962-1964, U-4 Aero Commander
  1962-1964, L-5 Sentinal (Jungle Angel)
  1966-1969, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)3
  1966-1969, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger1
  1966-1969, AC-47 Spooky/Puff4
  1966-1969, C-123 Provider
  1966-1969, C-46 Commando1
  1966-1969, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1966-1969, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
  1966-1969, O-1/L-19 Bird Dog
  1966-1969, U-10 Super Courier
  1966-1969, T-28 Trojan3
  1966-1969, UC-123B/K Ranch Hand
  1966-1969, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
  1966-1969, PT-17 Kaydet
  1966-1974, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1966-1977, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
  1966-1977, C-131 Samaritan
  1966-1977, T-29 Samaritan1
  1966-1977, UH-1 Iroquois ( HUEY)
  1966-1977, AC-130A Gunship3
  1966-1981, C-21 Learjet
  1966-1981, T-37 Tweety2
  1966-1985, C-130 Hercules
  1966-1985, T-39 Sabreliner
  1966-2008, U-3 Blue Canoe
  1966-2008, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)1
  1967-1969, P-51/F-51 Mustang2
  1968-1969, A-37 Dragonfly4
  1968-1981, C-141 Starlifter
  1968-1985, C-9 Nightingale
  1970-1985, A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
  1971-1972, B-57 Canberra5
  1971-1972, F-105G Wild Weasel
  1971-1981, O-2 Skymaster2
  1971-1985, F-4 Phantom
  1972-1977, MC-130 Combat Talon/Shadow
  1972-1977, OV-10 Bronco4
  1973-1977, MH-53J/M Pave Low
  1973-1981, AT-38 Talon
  1977-1980, C-140 Jetstar II
  1977-1985, RF-4C Phantom II5
  1985-1992, F-111 Aardvark2
  1985-2003, EF-111 Raven3
  1999-2003, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk2
  1999-2008, P-39 Airacobra6
  1999-2008, L-4 Grasshopper
  1999-2008, AT-6 Texan3
  1999-2008, B-25 Mitchell6
  1999-2008, T-34 Mentor3
  2003-2008, P-63 Kingcobra
  2009-2009, B-24 Liberator1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 04, 1967, Wedding 7
  Mar 05, 1967, Family Picnics with 4412 CCTS (The Old Rose Squadron)1
  Nov 26, 1981, Thanksgiving Dinners on Okinawa
  Dec 25, 1983, Christmas time on Okinawa
  Sep 30, 1985, CAF Aircraft & Misc4
  Oct 01, 1985, Retired13
  Oct 01, 1999, Retired years and the CAF
  Jul 13, 2000, CAF2
  Apr 18, 2007, Doolittler Raider's 65th Reunion (18 - 21 April 2007)13
  Nov 08, 2008, Veterans Day Dance 20086
  Nov 25, 2008, Major General Davey Jones goes west2
  Nov 26, 2008, Edwin Weston Horton Jr., Master Sergeant has gone West3
  May 04, 2009, My Beautiful Bride of 42 Years has gone West and is no longer in pain6
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