South Dakota Bomber Pilot Makes Air Force History
by Associated Press
July 16, 2013 9:14 AM
An Ellsworth Air Force Base airman has become the first in Air Force history to log 5,000 flight hours in a B-1 bomber.
Fifty-year-old Lt. Col Tim Schepper has been in the Air Force for 27 years. The amount of time he has spent in a B-1 is equivalent to more than seven months. About one-fourth of his flight hours have come during combat.
Schepper reached the 5,000-hour milestone on Monday after flying 19 hours from southwest Asia to the base.
Schepper, who grew up on a ranch near Vergas, Minn., says he plans to retire from the Air Force later this year.