F-16 pilot reaches 4,000 flight hours

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Lt. Col. Brian Egger, 480th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, is tied down by members of the 480th FS after returning from a milestone flight here Dec. 14. Egger reached his 4,000th total flying hour on this flight and is the 34th F-16 pilot in U.S. Air Force history to reach this amount of flying hours. Tying down and spraying pilots with champagne, water or shaving cream is a tradition dating back to the Vietnam War era for celebrating flight milestones. Egger is stationed at Ramstein Air Base, but does flight qualifications and is an instructor pilot with the 480th FS here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Natasha Stannard)

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