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October 10, 2003

Lowndes County - Major Mark McCurley made Air Force history Friday. "I am now the first instructor pilot at Moody, and throughout the entire Air Force to log 1,000 hours in a T-6 plane," said McCurley.

It's a goal he's had for as long as he can remember. "I remember when I was a little boy, watching the planes go by to our local airport and thinking, 'One day, I'm going to fly those'," said McCurley.

The long hours in the air are a big plus in his line of work. He's responsible for teaching student pilots how to defend our country. "Without guidance from instructors like me, all the combat planes out there can't fly, because they would have no pilots," said McCurley.

Under his guidance, students are transformed from pedestrians to pilots. "They come in here basically as aviation infants, and we teach them everything they know to graduate to college, which is the next airplane," said McCurley.

Major McCurley will be the sole holder of the 1,000 hour title for now, but he hopes his accomplishment will pave the way for other Air Force pilots.

posted at 2:10 by ashley.harper@walb.com