Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 14:22
by Asif
<a href="f-16_pilots_num1111.html">Lt. Col. Jay Paulus</a>, 301st Fighter Squadron commander, receives congratulations from Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lovelace, 63rd Fighter Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. John Wynne, 301st Fighter Squadron director of operations, after obtaining his <a href="f-16_pilots_flying-hours-4K.html">4,000th flying hour in the F-16</a> on Oct. 24. According to Lockheed-Martin statistics, Colonel Paulus is the 22nd Air Force F-16 pilot to achieve this status. Reserve instructor pilots in the 301st FS fly 56th Fighter Wing F-16s to train active-duty student pilots.

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 16:48
by JochemP
Yes, I would love to spend 4000 + hours in an office like that hehehe Congrats to Lt. Col Palaus. Cheers! Oh BTW when you achieve a milestone like that besides the recognition and a few other formalities does a pilot recieves an "informal" recognition like a bath or something from his fellow pilots and crews? (being a Lt Col. or not hahaha)

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 17:00
by SnakeHandler
Nah, nothing like that. We have another reservist that just got Lt.Col. and is close to the 4000 hour mark. When he got Lt.Col. he bought everyone buffalo wings. Good stuff.

By the way, the one in the pic with his back turned is Lt.Col. Wynne. He is one of the best F-16 instructors in the world. I've seen him brief various flights in the B-Course with his student and tell the student how he is going to fly on that ride. Then they'll fly the ride and when they get back to the debrief he'll not only be correct about every mistake the student made, he'll also be able to draw lines for an 8v4 from memory. How's that for knowing your job! :salute:

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 20:21
by Purplehaze
Hey Snake how far short of 4000 are you?

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 23:19
by J.J.
Thanks for documenting, Asif! Great job! :thumb:

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2007, 01:14
by SnakeHandler
It's gonna be a while purple.

Unread postPosted: 07 Nov 2007, 06:25
by Scorpion1alpha
Good going Lt Col Jay Paulus.

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2007, 09:22
by Asif
Another 4000 Hrs achiever :D

<a href="f-16_pilots_num812.html">Col. Robert Polumbo</a>, 482nd Fighter Wing vice commander, is greeted by fire and emergency services personnel upon surpassing 4,000 F-16 flight hours on 13 November 2007. While many fighter pilots have completed 4,000 flying hours, only a handful of fighter pilots around the world have surpassed 4,000 in one airframe.

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2007, 12:58
by ACMIguy
Col Polumbo call sign "Mumbles"
Super guy!
He had just made Major when he gave me a ride in the F-16.
Congratulations Colonel!

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2007, 14:21
by Purplehaze
Was he at Spang in the late 90's?

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2007, 15:17
by ACMIguy
Purplehaze wrote:Was he at Spang in the late 90's?


Not sure, I know he came in from an Active duty unit.

Unread postPosted: 16 Nov 2007, 15:51
by elp
Congrats ! Nice touch with the fire trucks too. Great photo.


:cheers:

Unread postPosted: 21 Nov 2007, 17:59
by JochemP
JochemP wrote:Yes, I would love to spend 4000 + hours in an office like that hehehe Congrats to Lt. Col Palaus. Cheers! Oh BTW when you achieve a milestone like that besides the recognition and a few other formalities does a pilot recieves an "informal" recognition like a bath or something from his fellow pilots and crews? (being a Lt Col. or not hahaha)


Congrats Col. Polumbo, some celebration like this was what I was talking about the reception with fire trucks.
Cheers.

Unread postPosted: 27 Jan 2008, 11:49
by Asif
Central Daily Times wrote:F-16 pilot joins rare ranks in flight
Chris Rosenblum
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008

Few know the F-16 fighter as well as Lt. Col. Dan Swayne.

A Bellwood native, Swayne recently became the second Air Force active-duty pilot and only the 23rd F-16 pilot overall, to surpass 4,000 hours in the jet — the equivalent of more than five months of flight time.

Stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, Swayne, 42, reached the milestone on a training sortie from Mississippi with the 107th Fighter Squadron.

Active-duty F-16 pilots typically log 2,000 to 2,500 flight hours in their careers, said Air Force spokeswoman Master Sgt. Tonya Keebaugh. Swayne’s accomplishment is unusual because pilots normally change types of planes or move behind a desk after promotions, Keebaugh said.

Swayne, a veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield, has flown F-16s from seven bases since 1988, a year after his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.

“With all the flying assignments I’ve had, it’s not magic, it’s just math,” Swayne said in an Air Force release.

Swayne, married with three children, also credited his consistent good health for his record. Never during his career has a doctor deemed him unfit to fly.

For any Air Force fighter pilot, Swayne’s longevity is rare. According to Keebaugh, just two F-15 pilots and an estimated six A-10 pilots have flown 4,000 hours in their respective planes.

Source: http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/359589.html


Bit more detail from our viper pilot database: Lt.Col. Dan Swayne ("Pigpen")

Unread postPosted: 29 Feb 2008, 07:22
by Scorpion1alpha
Congrats to all these men. I truly respect those that reach these milestones in flight hours. For all their other responsibilities besides flying and to achieve these amount of hours shows they are doers and not pencil pushing experts.

Unread postPosted: 29 Feb 2008, 08:22
by LMAggie
Whats wrong with pencils and experts?

Unread postPosted: 10 Aug 2009, 18:04
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=62&pid=1655">Lt. Col. D. Scott Brenton</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on August 8, 2009. Refer to New York ANG F-16 pilot passes 4000 hrs


Lt. Col. D. Scott Brenton, a pilot with the 174th FW, Hancock Field Syracuse NY, posses with the F-16 Fighting Falcon that would soon fly him past the 4,000 hour mark. [USAF photo by SSgt. James N. Faso II]


Col. Kevin W. Bradley, 174th FW Commander, Syracuse, NY, presents a plaque to Lt. Col. D. Scott Brenton commemorating his achievement of flying more then 4,000 hours inside the cockpit of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. [USAF photo by SSgt. James N. Faso II]

Unread postPosted: 11 Aug 2009, 01:37
by StolichnayaStrafer
At least he made his mark there before they lost all of their Falcons. :cry:

Sorry to be sad, I am not taking all of these aircraft retirements too well lately. I still say three cheers for his 4,000 and I am toasting his milestone with a fifth of Stoli- especially due to his last roosting place! :wink:

Lots of Stoli and Diet Coke going down right now... :pint:

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2009, 02:13
by MKopack
Congratulations Lt Col Brenton and you're all right that the skies over the Salt City will be a lot sadder next spring.

Lt. Col. D. Scott Brenton, of Manlius, a pilot assigned to the 174th Fighter Wing, Hancock Field, Syracuse, smiles for a group photo with his family and crew chief commemorating his achievement of flying more then 4,000 hours inside the cockpit of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Shown are (from left) Brenton's youngest daughter, Rachel; his oldest daughter, Jennifer; Brenton; his wife, Renee; and Senior Master Sgt. Christopher McDonald.

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2009, 04:59
by rupp05
ACMIguy wrote:
Purplehaze wrote:Was he at Spang in the late 90's?


Not sure, I know he came in from an Active duty unit.


He's a 389th dude out of Mtn Home in the 90's, I beleive

Unread postPosted: 23 Sep 2009, 22:41
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="index.php?module=Pagesetter&func=viewpub&tid=62&pid=1874">Lt. Col. Greg Lukasiewicz</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on September 23, 2009. Refer to Luke pilot breaks 4,000 flying hours


Lt. Col. Greg Lukasiewicz, 62nd FS assistant director of operations and 944th FW, 301st FS reservist pilot, broke 4,000 F-16 flying hours after 20 years of piloting the F-16 jet. [USAF photo by SrA. Tong Duong]

Unread postPosted: 06 Feb 2010, 22:55
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile1898.html">Lt. Col. Gary M. Middlebrooks</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on February 5, 2010. Refer to 332nd AEW pilot reaches 4,000 flight hours in F-16


Lt. Col. Gary M. Middlebrooks prior to the flight that put him over the 4,000 hour mark in the F-16 on February 5th, 2010. [USAF photo by TSgt. Linda C. Miller]

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2010, 10:09
by Bjorn
According to this article, there should be 33 pilots who have accomplished this milestone. We have only 25 pilots in our database who have reached it. So if anyone know the names of those other 8 that we are missing, please let us know.

Greets,

Unread postPosted: 07 Feb 2010, 10:34
by whynot
I think it's awesome that we all recognize the accomplishments of these Pilots who are truly on the front line! Wouldn't be interesting though if the Mechanics got a similar type of recognition for the number of hours put in working on the F-16?!? Could you imagine the "High Hour Patch" for F-16 maintenance?!? It might exceed who knows how many hours..... Just a Thought! Congrats to Lt. Col. Middlebrooks for his outstanding accomplishment!!

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2010, 20:44
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile2353.html">Lt. Col. Douglas Schaare</a> who accrued 4000 hrs in the F-16 on August 1st, 2010. Refer to Balad pilot surpasses flight milestone


Lt. Col. Douglas Schaare, 55th EFS, poses for a photo before going out on a mission the would mark his 4,000 hours of flight in his career on August 1st, 2010, Balad AB. Colonel Schaare is a native of Orlando, Fla., and deployed from Shaw AFB. [USAF photo by SrA. Matt Coleman-Foster]

Unread postPosted: 18 Aug 2010, 21:40
by Elliboom
"His advanced age allows him to provide unique explanations of tactics. His personal leadership and dedication to diet and fitness truly set him apart at every level."

Man that's harsh, I love how crew dogs find every little opportunity to rip on a guy.

Unread postPosted: 04 Mar 2011, 10:36
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile957.html">Brigadier General James N. "Bull" Post III</a> who accrued 4000+ hrs in the F-16 on March 3rd, 2011. Refer to Eielson Wing Commander marks 4,000+ hours


Brigadier General James N. 'Bull' Post III gives a thumbs up after landing on March 3rd, 2011 at Eielson AFB. General Post completed his 2565th sortie and achieved 4000.4 flying hours in an F-16. [USAF photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz]


Brigadier General James N. 'Bull' Post III exists an F-16 after landing on March 3rd, 2011 at Eielson AFB. General Post completed his 2565th sortie and achieved 4000.4 flying hours in an F-16. [USAF photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz]

Unread postPosted: 05 Mar 2011, 16:10
by silversmok3
Bravo.Not only on their accomplishments in the cockpit,but also outside of it.One must be held in great esteem indeed to avoid the unit and service branch politics that send so many good airmen's careers to the trash bin or a dead end desk post.

Unread postPosted: 07 Mar 2011, 20:42
by frogs
For those who worked with/for "Bull," we all know what the cost (on us) it was for him to reach his precious 4K hrs. Only other dude like him in my career was "Doc" Foglesong.

'Nuff said.

Frogs

Unread postPosted: 01 Jul 2011, 21:04
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile1094.html">Lt. Col. Eric Perlman</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on June 21, 2011. Refer to Luke AFB pilot reaches 4,000 flying hours


Lt. Col. Eric Perlman, 69th FS assistant director of operations, receives a spray down celebration from his son, Jake, after completing his 4,000 hour flying mission on June 21st, 2011 at Luke AFB. [USAF photo by SSgt. Steve Nabor]

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2011, 19:39
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile484.html">Brig. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on August 1, 2011. Refer to 332nd AEW commander reaches 4,000th flight hour.


Brig. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 332nd AEW commander, taxis after surpassing the 4,000th flying hour mark in the F-16 on August 1st, 2011. [USAF photo by SrA. Jeffrey Schultze]


Brig. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 332nd AEW commander, stands with his wingman Lt. Col. Bob 'Sparky' Whitehouse, 332nd EOG deputy commander, after surpassing the 4,000th flying hour mark in the F-16. Whitehouse recently celebrated reaching his 3,000th flying hour in the same aircraft last month. [USAF photo by SrA. Jeffrey Schultze]

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2011, 20:53
by outlaw162
I've been yelled at by generals for not wearing gloves.

Unread postPosted: 09 Aug 2011, 20:55
by Boman
Seems he was flying 90-0829 from the 52FW 480FS ;)

Unread postPosted: 10 Aug 2011, 16:27
by pakviper
@snake, how many hours do you have on the Viper, and since how long have you been flying it, and which block?

Unread postPosted: 18 Dec 2011, 20:48
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile2776.html">Lt. Col. Brian Egger</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on December 14, 2011. Refer to 480 FS F-16 pilot reaches 4,000 flight hours.


Lt. Col. Brian Egger, center, 480th FS pilot, is greeted by Col. David Lyons, 52nd OG commander, after landing on December 14th, 2011. Egger reached his 4,000th F-16 flying hour on this flight and is the 34th F-16 pilot in USAF history to reach this milestone. [USAF photo by SrA. Natasha Stannard]

Unread postPosted: 19 Dec 2011, 18:58
by Jon
Is that the 2nd 480th FS pilot to pass 4000 hours this year? Or has there been any others earlier in the year?

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 08:27
by BoomerF16
Congratulations Tonka, those of us who'll stop short of that milestone all hate you... in a professionally good way.

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 20:36
by pakviper
Do you think that its normal for an f-16 pilot to accumulate 1000hrs in...say like 4-5years, averaging 200hrs/year? peace time and deployment both inclusive?...and @Asif, no Pakistan Air Force Pilot has reached 3000hrs,...am i right? although there are many with 1500+hrs, and some even 2000hrs or a bit more, considering that we have certain limitations in operational flying.

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2011, 23:25
by Boman
There is a NATO standard dictating that Nato pilots should accumulate 175-200 hrs per calendar year - don't have the exact figure. But if you do the math on some of these high-flyers, you will see that quite a few average 350+ hrs per calendar year during their career.

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2011, 08:19
by pakviper
350hours per year, that equates to about what...like almost 1sortie daily?..or it still remains an average at best

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2011, 20:49
by Boman
Depends on mission duration. Many with combat hours can easily rack up 5-8 hrs per mission. Doesn't take long then....

Unread postPosted: 03 Jun 2012, 19:31
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile2284.html">Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers</a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on June 1, 2012 while serving with the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan during OEF.


Lt. Col. Scott Bridgers, a pilot assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, returns to the flight line after flying a mission and reaching his 4,000th F-16 flying hour on June 1st, 2012. Lt. Col. Bridgers deployed from the 157th FS at McEntire JNGB. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]


Capt. Justin Puro and Lt.Col. Scott Bridgers, pilots assigned to the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, shake hands after landing F-16s from a mission on June 1st, 2012. Lt. Col. Bridgers reached his 4,000th flying hour during the mission. [USAF photo by TSgt. Caycee Cook]

Unread postPosted: 10 Jul 2012, 12:59
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile1536.html">Col. David Meyer </a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on July 7, 2012 while serving with the 157th EFS at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan during OEF.


Col. David 'Oscar' Meyer, deputy operations group commander for the 451st EOG at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan exits his F-16 on the ramp at Kandahar after completing his 4,000th hour in the F-16 on July 7th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]


Col. David 'Oscar' Meyer, deputy operations group commander for the 451st EOG at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan exits his F-16 on the ramp at Kandahar after completing his 4,000th hour in the F-16 on July 7th, 2012. [USAF photo by TSgt. Stephen Hudson]

Unread postPosted: 16 Aug 2012, 10:42
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile2337.html"> Col. Kurt "Huevos" Gallegos </a> who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on August 8, 2012. Read Reserve pilot exceeds 4000hr flying milestone


Col. Kurt J. Gallegos, 301st OG Commander, taxies to the runway to begin the flight where he will achieve the milestone goal of flying more than 4000 hours in an F-16 on August 8th, 2012. [USAF photo by SrA. Melissa Harvey]


USAF F-16C block 30 #85-1484 from the 457th FS is being piloted by Col. Kurt J. Gallegos, 301st OG commander, to begin the flight where he will achieve the milestone goal of flying more than 4000 hours in an F-16 on August 8th, 2012. [USAF photo by SrA. Melissa Harvey]

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 08 Sep 2014, 15:05
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is Commander Marc "Charlz" Longle, who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on August 29, 2014. Read Belgian pilot passes 4000 hrs in the F-16


Commander Marc 'Charlz' Longle becomes the first Belgian F-16 pilot to pass 4000hrs on August 29th, 2014. [Photo by Michael Moors]

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2015, 13:14
by Asif
Latest member of the 4000hr club is Col. Gregory Jones, who accrued 4,000 hours in the F-16 on January 9, 2015. Read 944th pilot aims high and logs 4,000 flying hours


Col. Gregory Jones (right), 944th OG commander, is congratulated by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th FW commander, after completing 4000 hours of flying on January 9th, 2015 at Luke AFB. Jones and Gallegos are two out of 42 pilots in the Air Force who have reached this milestone. [USAF photo by SSgt. Lausanne Kinder]

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2015, 18:02
by ruderamronbo
https://www.facebook.com/419fw/photos/a ... =1&theater

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Jim Greenwald, 419th Fighter Wing pilot, on completing 4,000 flight hours in the F-16! :cheers:

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 02 May 2015, 02:22
by deadseal
nice dmodel grata

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Unread postPosted: 07 May 2015, 19:34
by frogs
Asif wrote:Latest member of the 4000hr club is <a href="pilots-profile957.html">Brigadier General James N. "Bull" Post III</a> who accrued 4000+ hrs in the F-16 on March 3rd, 2011. Refer to Eielson Wing Commander marks 4,000+ hours


Brigadier General James N. 'Bull' Post III gives a thumbs up after landing on March 3rd, 2011 at Eielson AFB. General Post completed his 2565th sortie and achieved 4000.4 flying hours in an F-16. [USAF photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz]


Brigadier General James N. 'Bull' Post III exists an F-16 after landing on March 3rd, 2011 at Eielson AFB. General Post completed his 2565th sortie and achieved 4000.4 flying hours in an F-16. [USAF photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz]



Nearly 4 years later to the date and karma shacks him.

- Frogs

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 15 Apr 2018, 00:48
by ruderamronbo
https://www.facebook.com/joost.niki.luy ... slVd0eFuuc

Joost Niki Luysterburg added 14 new photos. 23 hrs · Catalina Foothills, AZ · (From Facebook)

4,000 hours in the F-16...

A milestone for myself. Very proud and humbled to be the first one in my Air Force to reach this goal. But it’s also just a number. A number that wouldn’t be possible without all the people that work behind the scenes to make every flight hour possible.
So this number represents thousands of hours of dedicated people working to make us fly. This number represents meeting lots of amazing people in the different Armed Forces I had the honor to work for.

It’s been an amazing journey so far. Thanks to all who made this possible!!!!!

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 15 Apr 2018, 21:24
by southernphantom
That's a mighty impressive total of hours! I enjoyed seeing the AZ ANG Vipers flying when I worked at one of the copper mines south of Tucson. There's something surreal about seeing a fighter fly over you when you're a thousand feet down in a pit.

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 16 Apr 2018, 09:51
by dragracingmaniac
Congrats!

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 01 Feb 2019, 13:05
by Asif
Only recently released photos for latest member of the 4000hr club - Col. Dean Caldwell who accrued 4000+ hrs in the F-16 on August 15, 2018.


Reserve Citizen Airman Col. Dean Caldwell, Director of the United States Air Force Warfare Center's Virtual Test and Training Center, boards an F-16 prior to his 4,000th flight hour on the aircraft at Nellis AFB on August 15th, 2018. [USAF photo by SrA. Brett Clashman]


Reserve Citizen Airman Col. Dean Caldwell, Director of the United States Air Force Warfare Center's Virtual Test and Training Center, conducts pre-flight checks on an F-16 prior to his 4,000th flight hour on the aircraft at Nellis AFB on August 15th, 2018. [USAF photo by SrA. Brett Clashman]

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 01 Feb 2019, 14:12
by sprstdlyscottsmn
When I was younger I would have given various parts of my anatomy to be a Viper pilot. These guys are lucky to have done it for so long.

Re: Another pilot reaches the golden 4000 hrs milestone

Unread postPosted: 06 Feb 2019, 19:31
by crosshairs
sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:When I was younger I would have given various parts of my anatomy to be a Viper pilot. These guys are lucky to have done it for so long.


Unless you get sick of it, when its over, comes a massive let down.