Living to Fly, Flying to Live Mike Kukulski USAF 1981-2001 Southwest Airlines 2001-Present
High School Senior Portrait, 1977 Enjoy the hair while you can!
First Flying Assignment – OV-10 Bronco at Sembach Air Base, Germany, 1983
OV-10 was a Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft, used to direct air strikes against ground targets
…like this Russian tank. Nice beret, dude!
…and then in the California high desert near Victorville…
I transitioned to the A-10 in 1985, and flew it until 1990 at: • - Suwon Air Base, Korea • - RAF Bentwaters, England • - RAF Alconbury, England
Flying over burning Kuwaiti oil fields in 1991 My backseater, Hound, and me before a flight…
My backseater in 1992 was Baby Huey… Had 2 deployments to Saudi Arabia, then moved to Luke AFB, AZ to instruct in the F-15E
…Followed by a stint as an operational test manager at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Then back to the A-10 at Pope AFB, North Carolina, where I was the Support Squadron Commander for the 23rd Fighter Group, the Flying Tigers