Senior Airman Clarence Abercrombie Jr.: My name is Senior Airman Abercrombie. My job is to work on F-15 avionic systems. When I was growing up, I had no idea I would be doing something this technical. I'm 19 years old, and I'm working with systems that some people never even get to see in their lives.
A typical workday, for me, starts about 6:30 in the morning. When we first arrive at the jet, what we'll do is a walk around, make sure all the stuff is good, make sure all the panels are closed. And then the pilot comes, we salute him, hand him the forms and then he does his walk around. If the pilot sees something that is not right, he will not fly the jet. So it's very important that we make sure that we go ahead of him and make sure it is ready.
Then he'll go up, and he'll start to get ready, get in his seat, strap himself down. We'll remove the ladder, remove the strut, and then we'll hook up to a COM and get ready to launch him. From there it's just all checks; check out the navigation systems, stats, verts, flaps. After the engines crank, we like to check out hydraulic pressure. We have to be flawless. As long as you have a line of communication open, everything goes smoothly. Get the plane off the ground; that's what it's all about.
I've always had this infatuation with flying, but now that I work on the jet and I know even more about it, it's just you can only increase that need, that want. In the next five to 10 years, I see myself flying the jet that I'm working on.