[081212-F-5561D-057] Col. Joseph Guastella, 20th Fighter Wing commander, greets Airmen after earning 3,000 sortie hours in an F-16CJ here Friday, December 12, 2008. Less than 150 pilots in the entire Air Force have reached the 3,000 hour milestone. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Davis)
[081212-F-5561D-058] Col. Joseph Guastella, 20th Fighter Wing commander, greets Lt. Col. Mark Rose, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, after earning 3,000 sortie hours in an F-16CJ on Friday December 12, 2008. Colonel Guastella returned from Nellis AFB with part of the 77th Fighter Squadron where they were participating in the Weapons Instructor Course.(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matthew Davis)
Col. Joseph Guastella, 20th Fighter Wing commander, greets Airmen after earning 3,000 sortie hours in an F-16CJ here Friday, December 12, 2008.
Col. Joseph Guastella, 20th FW commander, greets Lt. Col. Mark Rose, 20th AMXS commander, after earning 3,000 sortie hours in an F-16CJ on Friday December 12, 2008.
Lt. Col Reed Bowman presents a sign to his wingman, Lt. Col Brad Jackson, for surpassing 3000 Flight Hours in his F-16 on February 7th, 2009 in Duluth. Lt. Col Jackson became the first pilot, from the 148th FW, to go over 3000 flight hours in an F-16. [USAF photo]
Brig. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, 56th FW commander, congratulates Col. Michael Popovich, 944th FW commander, on completing his 3,000th flying hour in the F-16 on May 20th, 2009. [USAF photo by TSgt. Susan Stout]
Lt. Col. Jeff Wiegand, 115th Operations Group deputy commander is celebrated by family and fellow pilots after landing from a flight that took him over 3000 flying hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, July 16. Colonel Wiegand, call sign "Ace", is one of two current 115th pilots to reach this milestone, an accomplishment achieved by less than 200 F-16 pilots worldwide. (Photo by Master Sgt. Dan Richardson)
The latest member to the club Col David Van der Veer, Jr., 20th Operations Group commander, reached a milestone in his career when he surpassed 3,000 hours of flight Monday.
All photos by A1C Amber E. N. Jacobs
Col David Van der Veer, Jr., 20th OG commander, returns from a monumental fight on March 1, 2010. Reaching 3,000 hours of flight, this marks a milestone in his career. [USAF photo by A1C Amber E. N. Jacobs]
Col. David Van der Veer, Jr., 20th OG commander, receives a certificate from Charles Savage, southeastern regional manager of Lockheed Martin, and a plaque from Col. Joe Guastella, 20th FW commander, for reaching 3,000 hrs of flight on March 1, 2010. [USA
Photo Caption: Lt. Col. Bruce Hamilton, an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot with the 125th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, makes last minute checks before a combat sortie at Balad Air Base, Iraq, July 21, 2007. This sortie marks Hamilton's 3000th flying hour in an F-16. He is deployed here from the 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, Tulsa, Okla. [USAF photo by MSgt. Preston Chasteen]
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Photo Caption: Lt. Col. Steve Bowen, commander of the 52nd Operations Support Squadron, is hosed down with water after flying his 3,000th hour in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 29, 2007. Bowen, who was born in Munich, Germany, took over command of the squadron in June 2005. [USAF photo by A1C Stephanie Clark]
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Photo Caption: Ohio Air National Guard (OHANG) 178th Fighter Wing (FW) Maj. Jack Thompson is congratulated by an OHANG Crew Chief after completing his 3,000th flight-hour in a 178th FW F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Ohio, on Sept. 19, 2005. [USAF photo by SMSgt. Joseph R. Stahl]
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Found this 2006 photo of Col. Michael MacWilliam. Adding it to the archive of club members.
Photo Caption: <a href="http://www.f-16.net/pilots-profile768.html">USAF Col. Michael MacWilliam</a>, an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft pilot from 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea, inspects his jet before flying his 3,000 hour on an F-16 on May 12, 2006. He is the 113th person to achieve this milestone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gina Chiaverotti)
The latest member to the club Col. Phillip Murdock, 332nd EOG deputy commander as of April 30, 2010.
Photo Caption: Col. Phillip Murdock, 332nd EOG deputy commander, taxies down the runway at Joint Base Balad, on April 30, 2010, after completing his 3,000th sortie hour in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. This accomplishment also coincides with Colonel Murdock’s “fini-flight” at JBB. The "fini-flight" is a long standing practice of both the USAF and RAAF. This time-honored tradition warrants a gala event where fire trucks join the crowd in welcoming the pilot back from his final flight and hosing him down with the vehicle’s water hose. [USAF photo SrA Brittany Y. Bateman]
The latest member to the club Lt. Col. Jack Maixner. Surpassed 3000hrs on June 3, 2010.
Lt. Col. Jack Maixner, 56th Operations Group deputy commander, greets fellow 310th FS pilots after landing on June 3rd, 2010. During his flight, Colonel Maixner surpassed 3,000 flying hours in the F-16. [USAF photo by A1C. Ronifel Yasay]
Lt.Col. Robert D. 'Sparky' Whitehouse, 332nd EOG deputy commander, taxi's after reaching his 3,000th flying hour in the F-16 on June 23rd, 2011. Colonel Whitehouse's achievement puts him in an elite group with only 214 other F-16 pilots who have made this accomplishment. [USAF photo by MSgt. Jennifer Seidl]
The latest member to the club <a href="f-16_pilots_num2756.html">Maj. Elton "Elvis" Davis</a>. Surpassed 3,000 flying hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke AFB, November 21, 2011. See 308 FS pilots hits 3,000hrs milestone
Maj. Elton Davis, 308 FS director of staff, prepares to exit his aircraft after crossing his 3,000 flying hour mark in an F-16 on November 21st, 2011 at Luke AFB. [USAF photo by SSgt. Jason Colbert]