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    Pilot reaches 2K hours in F-16

    2,000 Viper hours

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Dana Cable | Lt. Col. Bryan "Jaws" Meek, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron chief of weapons and...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Dana Cable 

    332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

    Lt. Col Nathan Aysta, 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, has known Meek for years and presented him with the 2,000-hour flying patch after landing.

    “Jaws just flew his 2,000th hour in the F-16, which is a huge milestone for fighter pilots that takes many years of experience and training.” Aysta said. “It’s really neat that he gets to earn it here at this deployed location.”

    Not every pilot reaches this milestone; in fact, it’s fairly rare to reach 2,000 hours in one single aircraft, he added.

    In addition to the 2,000 hours in the F-16, Meek, a native of Liberal, Kansas, has also accumulated approximately a combined total of 1,000 hours in the T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon and a T-6 Texan II.

    After many hours in the cock pit, it was definitely a unique experience to reach this milestone while deployed, Meek added.

    “He is on the tip of the spear doing the job that our nation has called us to do and to reach this milestone while he’s performing a real world mission is pretty special,” Aysta said.



    Date Taken: 04.27.2018
    Date Posted: 05.03.2018 08:43
    Story ID: 275550
    Hometown: LIBERAL, KS, US
    Hometown: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US

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    Pilot reaches 2K hours in F-16