|Germans Log 20,000 hours at Holloman |
Germans Log 20,000 hours at Holloman
By Airman 1st Class Martha Gilstrap, 49th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico -- (ACCNS) December 31, 2001 -- The German Air Force Flying Training Center logged its 20,000th flying hour here when Col. Wolfgang Fahl’s Tornado touched down on Holloman’s runway Dec. 20.
The milestone was measured from the first flight taken at Holloman April 23, 1996. The center started with 12 Tornados, a number that has increased to 35.
Dec. 20 ended the fiscal flying year for the center, which logged more than 6,000 hours in the year. "It’s a great achievement," said Fahl, the center’s commander. "I’m proud that we reached 20,000 hours and to do it on the last flying day of the year makes it better."
The German Air Force Tactical Training Center, later renamed the Flying Training Center, was activated at Holloman May 1, 1996.
"We maintain a close connection and friendship with Holloman, the 49th Fighter Wing and the Alamogordo community," Fahl said. "Reaching this milestone only shows how strong that connection is."