Ellsworth pilot reaches incredible flight milestone - KOTA Territory News

Ellsworth pilot reaches incredible flight milestone

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To be a pilot in the United States Air Force is an accomplishment in itself, but to have more flight hours logged than any pilot of a B1 Bomber is an even more incredible feat.   

That's exactly what happened Monday at Ellsworth Air Force Base when pilot Lt. Col. Tim Schepper touched down in Box Elder.

His 19-hour flight back from Southwest Asia put him at 5,000 total hours of flight time.

That's around 1,000 more hours than the closest B1 pilot to Schepper who was greeted by airmen in the 28th bomb wing, as well as his wife and two of his children.

Schepper says in his 22-year career he never really thought about reaching such a milestone.   

"I think it's just a consistency of  flying week-by-week, month-by-month, and it adds up, said Schepper." "Consistently flying throughout my career has allowed me to get the 5,000 hours."

The Lt. Col. says he plans on retiring soon but has not given up on the idea of climbing back in a B1 cockpit one last time.

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