First Lt. Jeff Nixon, co-pilot, Maj. R. Tyler Rennell, aircraft commander, and Tech. Sgt. Andres Ponce, special mission aviator, all from the 36th Rescue Flight, pose with the UH-1N Iroquois helicopter, 69-6648, April 9, 2015, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. This helicopter piloted by this flight crew flew the 17,000 flight hour milestone mission marking this helicopter as having the most flight hours in the Air Force inventory for that airframe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicolo J. Daniello)
A UH-1N helicopter assigned to Fairchild AFB, Wash., surpassed 17,000 total flying hours during a recent sortie, racking up the most flight hours of any UH-1 in the Air Force’s inventory, according to the base’s 36th Rescue Flight. “To know that we have the highest flight hours in the Air Force, and for the helicopter to still perform so well, is a testament to our maintainers at Fairchild,” said Maj. Tyler Rennell, 36th RQF evaluator and the pilot of the UH-1N, serial number 69-6648, for the milestone sortie on Feb. 24. “An aircraft designed in the 1960s and maintained for nearly half a century is still being flown today with the highest mission capable rate of any other platform in the Air Force,” he added in the base’s April 10 release. The 36th RQF supports survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training in Washington.