LaPorte, John, MSgt

Aerospace Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2A3X3-Tactical Aircraft Maintenance
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aerospace Maintenance
Primary Unit
1992-1994, 3C2X1, Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43151C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
43171C-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
2A3X0-Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor
3C2X1-Communications - Computer Systems Control
Service Years
1972 - 1994
Voice Edition
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Post 105AFSA 1260Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2004, American Legion, Post 105 (Phoenix, Arizona) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1260 (Luke AFB, Arizona) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

After retiring in November of 94, I moved with my family to Vermont. Ever since I was stationed at Pease AFB NH, I always wanted to come back to the area. I always said after 20 years of living where I worked, I was finally going to work where I live. Until August of 95, finding work was limited. The local employment agencies didn't have a clue as to how to laterally apply my qualifications. In April of 95 I landed a part time position with a fixed base operator in West Lebanon NH.; Mostly transient work, parking and fueling private aircraft, and schlepping fuel to the small scheduled airlines.

In August I secured a full time position with Cannon Industries in Claremont NH. The company manufactures underground mining machinery in the form of rock drills and roof bolters. They hired me to train their customers' maintenance personnel how to maintain the equipment. After a few months of self qualification, and tech writing, I traveled coast-to-coast and into Canada doing just what I was hired for. I did this for until November of 2003.

In December of that year I took a job with the 56th Maintenance Training Flight, Luke AFB, NH. I was hired by then CMSgt Berning; now retired and a member on this TWS community. I am currently serving as an instructional systems developer for F16 maintenance training. I also teach a maintenance instructor course for incoming instructors.

In 1996 my wife and I separated and she and our two children moved to the Atlanta area. In 1999 I met my late fiancé Michele Wilcox and we moved together to the Phoenix area arriving on New Year's Eve 2003/2004. I later lost her to cancer on December 5th, 2005. You may find a memorial page on my website at  .

In 2001 we also started our own DJ/Karaoke hosting service, and I continue to operate it part-time with the assistance of my new wife Michele (formerly Petro). And through our website I also promote my talents as singer who emulates Neil diamond  or go directly to the YouTube page for a smaple of my work.
Or, look below for a collection of personal videos via YouTube links I just added; more to come.

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 1982-1985, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
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 F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
Model McDonnell Douglas / Boeing F-15A Eagle
Length 63.78 ft | 19.44 m
Width 42.78 ft | 13.04 m
Height 18.50 ft | 5.64 m
Engine(s) 2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburn generating 25,000lbs of thrust.
Empty Weight 27,000 lbs | 12,247 kg
MTOW 56,002 lbs | 25,402 kg
Max Speed 1,650 mph | 2,655 km/h | 1,434 kts
Max Range 600 miles | 966 km
Ceiling 62,992 ft | 19,200 m | 11.9 miles
Climb Rate 50,000 ft/min (15,250 m/min)
Hardpoints 7
Armament 1 x M61A1 20mm cannon

Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:

4 x AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missiles
2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AIM-120 Amraam air-to-air missiles
GBU-10 Laser-Guided Bombs
GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bombs
GBU-24 Laser-Guided Bombs
GBU-15 Electro-Optically Guided Bombs
AGM-130 Powered Bombs
JSOW Conventional Bombs
Cluster Munitions
B51 Nuclear Bombs
B61 Nuclear Bombs
AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles

Up to 16,000 lbs of various ordnance.
Accommodations 1 or 2

Major Variants

? YF-15A - Prototype Model Designation
? F-15A - Single-Seat Variant
? F-15B - Dual-Seat Variant; initially designated as the TF-15A.
? F-15C - Single seat model fitted with F100-P-220 23,450lb engines; updated systems throughout; improved APG-70 radar system.
? F-15D - Two-seat model fitted with F100-P-220 23,450lb engines; updated systems throughout; improved AGP-70 radar system.
? F-15E "Strike Eagle" - Strengthened airframe; improved advanced air-to-air capabilities; improved ground attack capabilities.
? TF-15A - Initial Designation for the twin-seat F-15B model.

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Last Updated: Mar 11, 2010
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