Local

October 11, 2013

Life scout gives TLC to AFFT Museum T-38

Volunteers pressure washed the T-38 on display at the AFFT Museum Sept. 21 as part of Jacob Huck’s Eagle Scout project. The Desert Junior-Senior High School student hopes to reach Eagle Scout before the end of the year.

Jacob Huck, a 10th grade student at Desert Junior Senior High School, is a Life Scout working his way towards Eagle Scout. To reach his goal, Huck is required to achieve a series of merit badges and complete an Eagle Scout project that demonstrates leadership. He chose to lead a group of volunteers in cleaning the T-38 on display outside of the Air Force Flight Test Museum.

The work started Sept. 21, when a handful of volunteers joined him in touching up the paint, removing the oxidation on the airplane and applying a coat of floor polish to make it shine. The project continued Oct. 5, when a new group of volunteers were tasked with creating a permanent display to support the landing gear. They dug three holes and filled them with hand-mixed cement slabs. The slabs housed a mesh material to prevent potential cracking under the aircraft’s weight and rebar tie downs to hold it in place.

“The T-38 is part of Air Force history,” said Huck. “[The display] shows people who don’t know about the T-38, it’s an amazing aircraft. We use them for training fighter pilots in the [U.S. Air Force] Test Pilot School here on base.”

Prior to starting his project, Huck had to present his idea before the Eagle Scout chairmen and the Flight Test Historical Foundation board for approval. The Flight Test Historical Foundation voted to reimburse him for the supplies used in his volunteer work.

According to Huck, his fellow scouts that aided him with the project may also benefit by earning service hours than can be credited towards certain merit badges or rank advancement. The project gives Huck the opportunity to exercise leadership over a team of volunteers under the guidance of his mentor. His goal is to reach Eagle Scout before the end of the year, making him the last of three brothers to bear that title. His older brothers Jerremy and Josh reached Eagle Scout in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

A group of volunteers hand-mixes concrete to create slabs for the T-38 to sit on.

Huck’s mother, Michelle Perry, is the Base Community Planner at Edwards. She stated that because of the Boy Scouts, any of her boys could be left in the woods with only a compass and they would find their way back. She added that the Boy Scouts have taught them to be trustworthy, loyal and courteous.

“As a parent, you want your children to develop all of those skills. Now they’ve got those skills and I don’t have to worry because they are set with the skills needed to succeed in life” said Perry.

“The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank of scouting and once a young man has earned that award, it’s his forever. He can put it on a college or military application,” said Perry. “There aren’t many things that we do as kids that we can take with us, but this is something that he can use in his college application or for work. It is showing that this young man has had commitment and shown leadership.”

Huck belongs to Troop 247 in Rosamond, Calif., and has been in the Boy Scouts program since he was in first grade. When he reaches Eagle Scout he will be recognized during a Court of Honor which shows highlights the journey of his Boy Scout career.

“We go to amazing campouts and it teaches us a lot of respect and to be helpful to people and trustworthy,” said Huck. “It has taught me many hobbies like fishing, camping, snowboarding, shooting and survival skills. My favorite scouting memories are learning to snowboard and going to the Klondike campout where we did many events like making snowballs that we put in plastic bags to shoot out of a cannon.”

Jacob Huck (left) and Jason Garrett (right) prepare the cement slabs to support the T-38 landing gear.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

- Less than one percent of today’s U.S. population has ever served in the military, and that one percent has carried the weight of America’s longest military engagement. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a recent book that “for too long too many of us have paid scant attention to the commitment of the brave few...
 
 

News Briefs May 29, 2015

SAPR annual training The next SAPR annual training class, “Respect the Red Line,” is 2 p.m., June 1 at 2.p.m. at the base theater. This training is mandatory for all active duty personnel and DOD civilians. Plan ono arriving early as everyone must sign-in to get credit. Unit training managers will be responsible for tracking...
 
 
base-lab1

For good measure, base precision lab passes biannual evaluation

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, presents the biannual Air Force Metrology and Calibration Laboratory Evaluation certificate to Daniel Tibayan, Test Measurement ...
 

 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay

F-16 test pilots hit the ‘road’ to help train USAFE pilots

Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay An F-16 from the 416th Flight Test Squadron parked at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during a Red Flag exercise in 2012. Two F-16 test pilots from the 416th Flight Test Squadron recently ...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

YF-22A brings in $25,000 for museum move

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Bechtel Corporation presented a check for $25,000 to the Flight Test Historical Foundation at the Air Force Flight Test Museum May 21 to sponsor the YF-22A. (Left to right) Dr. David Smith,...
 
 
historian1

Edwards historian awarded for study of deployed flight test

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Dr. Stephanie Smith received the Robert F. Futrell Award for Excellence in historical publications for her special study, “Deployed Flight Test of the Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SLX (C...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>