Images: Oldest pilot in Air Force flies last combat mission of career [Image 5 of 10]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Biondo
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Routt with the 550th Special Operations Squadron, jokes around with his crew on the last combat mission of his career, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, April 12, 2012. Routt is currently the oldest active pilot in the Air Force and is augmenting for the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. The mission of the 71st ERQS is to provide personnel recovery, casualty evacuation and aeromedical evacuation assets to hostile locations. The 71st ERQS is the only fixed wing aircraft squadron dedicated to medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan.
Date Posted:04.13.2012 12:49
Location:CAMP BASTION, AF