After 3,200 combat flying hours, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Neely flew his final sortie as an active duty airman, March 27, 2012. Neely, who, according to the Air Force, is the service's most experienced combat pilot, landed his PC-12 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., that day, capping a 21-year Air Force career that is coming to an end with his retirement. Logging more than 6,400 total flight hours, Neely ended his career as operations director of Hurlburt's 319th Special Operations Squadron. Here, Neely disembarks from the PC-12 after his final flight and begins getting the customary spray-down from his colleagues in celebration.
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