Sam Robbins estimates he put his hands on 250 fighter jets as a young Navy mechanic. You'd think that at some point, they all started to look alike. The circumstances line up to make it likely that Robbins stumbled upon a piece of his past that he last saw when he was a 20-year-old sailor in Virginia, and that the plane was one that he worked on while in the military.
Seventy-year-old Sam Robbins talks about an F4-B Phantom II jet that he believes he worked on in the early 1960s while Robbins was stationed in Virginia. The jet currently makes Marine Corps Air Station Yuma its home, sitting among other aircraft and armaments on display at the main entrance. That is where Robbins first saw the plane and thought it looked familiar.Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun
Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun