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56th Fighter Wing sets new record

January 31, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The combined F-16 four-ship (single-seat) formation record was broken in the 63rd Fighter Squadron when four pilots from the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, flew a surface attack continuation training mission to the Barry Goldwater Range Complex.
On 1 February 2000, Major Jim "Jim-Bo" Morris (3007. 8), Major Keith "Mr. Ed" Edwards (3032. 8), Lt Col Mike "Cruiser" Comnick (3098. 8), and Lt Col Bob "Cutch" McCutchen (3318. 4) totaled 12, 457. 8 F-16 hours, which eclipsed the old record by more than 1174 hours.

This flight also marks the first time four 3000+ hour F-16 pilots flew in the same formation. The 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw AFB, South Carolina set the previous record with 11, 283 F-16 hours on 23 November last year.