Viper Driver Flying Hours

  Lt.Col. Curt "Custis" Hughes (Ret.)

Viper Driver

Name Lt.Col. Curt "Custis" Hughes (Ret.)
Unit 120th Fighter Squadron "Cougars/Mile High Militia"
Flying F-16s from 1990 until 2006
Viper Hours 2202
UPT at Columbus AFB, Class 86-07
Lead-In Fighter Training 1986
F-15 FTU 550th Silver Eagles, Luke AFB 1986
122nd TFS, LA ANG, New Orleans, LA 1987-1990
302nd FS, USAFR Luke AFB, 1990-1992
120 FS, CO ANG, Denver CO 1990-2006

Memorable F-16 Aircraft

F-16 #86370 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Deployed to Balad AB, Iraq my good friend Craig "LOBO" Wolf was taxiing 86-370 (the jet with my name and crew chief, Mike Sawyer's name on it) and a mortar exploded sending shrapnel into the vertical stabilizer, tire and empennage. LOBO jumped in a spare and continued the night mission supporting ground forces with E-CAS. The tremendous maintenance team was able to get a new vertical stabilizer sent to Balad and I flew the aircraft back to Buckley AFB, Denver, CO in September 2004.


120th FS/CC 2002-2004
120th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron/CC Operation Iraqi Freedom Spring 2003
332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron/CC Balad AB, Iraq Summer 2004

F-16 Flying Hours

2,000 Hours #435 on the 2K list
Unit   120th Fighter Squadron "Cougars/Mile High Militia" [Unit History]
Date 2005
Comment Having the unique opportunity to be the Squadron Commander of the finest group of warriors in the world was a true honor and the best experience of my professional life. The maintenance team was unparalleled and ensured we deployed 16 x F-16s to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Feb 2003 where we conducted non-stop 24/every day operations until the conflict's end on April 19, 2003.
1,000 Hours #2091 on the 1K list
Unit   120th Fighter Squadron "Cougars/Mile High Militia" [Unit History]
Date 1998

Flying Hours on other aircraft

F-15 Eagle
Hours 715
Other aircraft/assignments I was taught aerial combat in the F-15 by the pilots of the 122nd Fighter Squadron - the best in the business and it set the tone for a career for which I'm extremely grateful

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