Air Force

July 25, 2014

Pilot reaches milestone, achieves 1000 flight hours

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Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

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Maj. Matt Allen, a 706th Reserve Squadron full-time air reserve technician who is assigned to the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron as an F-22 test director, stands by an F-22 Raptor before flight July 21, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. On July 21, Allen officially became the seventh of all F-22 pilots, and the first one at Nellis AFB, to reach 1,000 hours in the F-22. Allen reached this milestone during a test mission over the Utah Test and Training Range. One thousand flying hours is a significant moment for fighter pilots, it equates to roughly 1,000 takeoffs and landings. Allen was quick to thank the maintainers and their efforts for maintaining and prepping the aircraft roughly one thousand times.




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