131st BW pilot reaches 1500 flying hour mark in B-2 Stealth Bomber

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By JH
131st BW pilot reaches 1500 flying hour mark in B-2 Stealth Bomber
Col. Matthew Calhoun, the 131st Bomb Wing vice commander, presented Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, with a commemorative patch on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Rezac became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Adkins)

from Senior Airman Ashley Adkins, 509th Bomb Wing

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

Lt. Col. Timothy B. Rezac, commander of the 110th Bomb Squadron, became the 14th ever B-2 Spirit pilot to reach 1500 flight hours in the stealth bomber on July 2, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.

“I can’t think of a better way to break the 1500 hour mark in the B-2 than instructing an upgrade sortie as part of a three ship over the 4th of July week,” he said.

His Wingmen from throughout the 110th BS stood ready to congratulate him. Col. Matthew Calhoun, the 131st Bomb Wing vice commander, presented Rezac with a special patch to commemorate the achievement.

Rezac described the work it has taken to get reach this major milestone in a pilot’s career including deployments, long-duration missions and instructional flight time.

Rezac arrived at Whiteman in 2004 and transitioned from active duty to the Air National Guard in 2009. As a member of the B-2 program Total Force Integration Team, Rezac has filled roles from student, to air craft commander, to instructor pilot.

Before flying the B-2, Rezac flew both the B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress air frames, logging combat hours in all three bombers.

“Each air frame has its own nuances but there is nothing like the B-2 because of the stealth aspect of the airframe and the strategic importance it brings to the fight,” he said.