Viper Driver Flying Hours

  Maj. Thomas "T.O." Hanford

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Name Maj. Thomas "T.O." Hanford
Unit N/A
Flying F-16s
Viper Hours 3000
Flew with Capt. Scott "Zulu" O'Grady at Aviano when he was shot down

Capt T.O. Hanford made national headlines in 1995 after an Operation DENY FLIGHT mission when he elected to remain on station for an additional 45 minutes in hopes of locating Capt Scott O'Grady who had been shot down 6 days earlier by a Bosnian Serb SAM. O'Grady eventually heard Capt Hanford's radio calls and answered, setting off the largest rescue mission since Operation DESERT STORM.

In the first 2 1/2 weeks of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Major T.O. Hanford was cited 4 times for individual acts of heroism to include being credited with saving a 15 man SOF team pinned down in the mountains near the Iranian border. Received his 2nd DFC for Valor.

T.O. Hanford's picture has been on the cover of almost every major newspaper in the U.S. to include the New York Time, L.A. Times and the Washington Post. He has been on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and has had indepth interviews on Dateline and Good Morning America. He was a 1996 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate and his name is permanently inscribed in their Aviation Hall of Fame at the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museam in Washington D.C.

F-16 Flying Hours

3,000 Hours # 140 on the 3K list
Unit N/A
Date April 2006
2,000 Hours # 650 on the 2K list
Unit N/A
Date unknown
1,000 Hours # 1405 on the 1K list
Unit N/A
Date unknown

Flying Hours on other aircraft

Visitor Comments
Thanks Man!
Monty Hendrix, Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 PM

You were a young LT when I had the pleasure of hopping in the back seat at Kunsan in '89. You let me do an S turn, Yeager loop and get my 9 g certificate. Called me a natural (blowing smoke). I enjoyed that day so much, just wished we had a tape rolling. I went on to be an FE on Paves. Still have my certificate hanging in my man cave. Thanks man! You were the shit.

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