April 25, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Col. Mike Brill, from the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB will set another record next week when he is expected to become the first F-16 pilot to break the 6,000 flying hours mark.
Lt Col. Mike Brill 'Brillo' most F-16 flying hours in the World. Photo taken at the 419th FW at Hill AFB. [USAF photo by TSgt. Michael Owens]
He is likely to break the threshold while flying a combat mission from Balad AB, Iraq
next week. This will make him the most experienced F-16 pilot amongst the 24 countries which currently use this jet.
Eric Hehs, the "Code One" magazine editor for Lockheed-Martin, was quoted to have said "A 6,000-mile patch doesn't yet exist, since no one has ever logged that many hours in an F-16".
Brill has been deployed in Iraq since March 2008 and is due to come home in May of this year