Misawa Air Base F-16 reaches 10,000 flying hours

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leon Redfern
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leon Redfern

Misawa Air Base F-16 reaches 10,000 flying hours

by Senior Airman Leon Redfern
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron recently hit a major milestone at Misawa Air Base! Aircraft 913 is the second Block-50 F-16 at Misawa AB, and third in the Air Force, to reach over 10,000 flight hours.

This achievement not only represents pilots flying continuous hours of sorties but also displays the diligence and hard work crew chiefs have dedicated to keeping aircraft at Misawa Air Base operational over multiple years.



Photo caption:

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jordan Kahn, 13th Fighter Squadron commander, puts on his helmet before taking off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon to reach its 10,000 flight hour milestone at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 27, 2022. The squadron's association with the panther became official on Aug. 15, 1985, when the Air Force approved the panther emblem. The panther symbolizes the squadron's lightning quick reaction to aggression while the number 13 honors the members of the squadron who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. 



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