The New York Air National Guard's 174th Fighter Wing in Syracuse on March 2, 2010, began flying its final F-16 missions, expecting to send off the last of its fighters on March 6, 2010, according to a report by the Post-Standard. The unit had to give up its F-16s per BRAC 2005. It began flying MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted vehicle combat operations over Afghanistan in December 2009. Here, Lt. Col. D. Scott Brenton gets sprayed with champagne after his “Fini Flight” by his daughter and Col. Kevin W. Bradley, 174th FW commander, on March 2, 2010. Brenton is one of the few pilots to have surpassed 4,000 flying hours in the F-16.
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