This was very very cool to me, so put on your other geek hats. I was a US Navy Pilot and got off active duty in '94. I served 2 sea tours (3.5yrs and 3 yrs) flying P-3's and EP-3E's all over the world, literally. They were fond days, and I look back on them smiling. A startup company got some refurb contracts on P-3's and are working on them in the hangar next door to mine. I walked over the other day to stroll down memory lane, got into a conversation, and boom they want me to do the engine run-ups on inductions and post maintenance. I am still a Navy Reservist, and dropped my old designation letters off (WAS a primary NATOPS instructor and Mission Commander and Plane Commander in both Electronic Warfare and Anti-Submarine Warfare) to their office so they could get me approved for some duty. After the smiles and handshakes I went to look closer at some of these ole birds, the smell was full of memory and I smiled so hard it started to hurt. On a wild hair I looked up just one of the Buno #'s (like a serial number) of one and sure enough, I had flown it back in 1988. So after 17yrs and many a mile I meet back up with one of the same airplanes I started in as a "kid". I hear these stories from time to time, and I'm now grinning from ear to ear, 'cause this time I get to have a flash back story. This time I get to bring my 3 daughters out to see, hear and experience what their dad was doing before he met mom! I am totally stoked!!! After 3 cell phone calls I had to share this with you bunch. Thanks.