Soaring the skies for more than 500,000 flight hours

Posted August 11, 2014 at 2:03pm

It’s time to celebrate – U.S. Navy T-45 Training Air Wing One stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss. hit the 500,000 flight hour milestone this summer.  

Keeping aircraft in the sky for 500,000 flight hours is quite the accomplishment for Training Air Wing One. Reaching this milestone requires a continuous partnership between the U.S. Navy and Boeing to ensure fleet readiness.  

This relationship stretches back to 1997, when the first T-45C was delivered to NAS Meridian. The T-45C has been flown by Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and allied pilots during their advanced training at NAS Meridian since then and will continue to be flown into the foreseeable future.  

The 500,000th-flight-hour award was presented by Boeing at a winging ceremony to U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Goszkowicz and the student and instructor pilots who were aboard multiple airborne T-45C aircraft when the milestone was reached at NAS Meridian.  

The journey continues for these pilots, students and operators as they strive to reach the next 500,000th flight hour milestone with the support of all involved.  

t45 goshawk Photo credit: Boeing