General Falcon Pilot

Posted 3 March 2011
Photo by SSgt. Christopher Boitz

US Air Force Brig. Gen. James N. Post III, the commander of the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson AFB, Alaska, completed his 2,565th sortie in the F-16 on 3 March 2011, which brought his official total flight hours in the F-16 to more than 4,000. Post is the only known general officer to reach the flight hour milestone while still on active duty. He transitioned to the F-16 from the F-4 in 1987. In 1995, he was named Pacific Air Forces Instructor Pilot of the Year and was the winner of the Air Force’s Gunsmoke air-to-ground competition. Post accumulated more than 280 flight hours in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom.

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