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Wing pilots set flying record

F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing flyby the 4th of July celebration at the Summerhaven community in Mt. Lemmon, Ariz. The pilots on board had a combined total of 14,834 F-16 flying hours. (Courtesy photo)

F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing flyby the 4th of July celebration at the Summerhaven community in Mt. Lemmon, Ariz. The pilots on board had a combined total of 14,834 F-16 flying hours. (Courtesy photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Four members of the 162nd Fighter Wing flew with the largest number of F-16 flying hours ever flown in a four-ship formation - a total of 14,834.3 - in 4th of July flybys this year.

The flybys, which took place over Independence Day celebrations in Sierra Vista and Mt. Lemmon, Ariz., were flown by Lt. Col. Moon Milham with 3,844.9 hours, Lt. Col. Eric Salomonson with 4,462 hours, Lt. Col. Don McMillen with 3,948.6 hours, and Lt. Col. Chuck Blank with 2,578.8 hours.

The four pilots have a combined total of 10,730 sorties in F-16 aircraft.