A quartet of A-10 pilots from Air Force Reserve Command’s 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La., broke 20,000 combined Warthog flight hours during a formation sortie from the base. That’s a feat never before accomplished by any four A-10 fliers. During their July 15 flight, Lt. Col. David Deaton, Lt. Col. Brady Glick, then Lt. Col. James Macaulay, and Lt. Col. Marc Olson shattered the previous record of 17,742 combined hours that they set in 2008. “I’m grateful that God has blessed me by allowing me to serve my country for this long,” said Deaton after the flight. “This milestone is really a testament to the professionalism of the maintainers and the durability of the ‘Hawg,” added Macaulay, who leads the group with 5,200 flight hours. “In 20,000 hours, none of us have punched out or had a major mishap,” he noted. Upon landing, Macaulay was promoted to the rank of full colonel. (Barksdale report by TSgt. Jeff Walston)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.