The T-45 trainer aircraft has been around for almost 20 years, and has now been flown for more than a million hours.
The United States Navy has been operating the T-45 Training Aircraft since 1992. According to Commander Doug Story at NAS Meridian, there are only three different bases with this specific aircraft.
"They operate them at Kingsville, Texas, Training Air Wing 2. We operate them here at Training Air Wing 1 in Meridian. And Training Air Wing 6 has recently begun operating them in Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida," said Story.
Men and women at all three of these bases have been working hard together and just recently reached this level of flight hours.
"It is a significant milestone," said Story. "The airplane is now what we call a mature platform.
This means officials are no longer producing this aircraft. But Meridian's Naval Air Station is still operating it.
"And intend to operate it for years to come," said Story. "It has been a great platform for training for the Navy."
It arrived at NAS Meridian, bringing with it new technology and a different maintenance model. It's now bringing an accomplishment for the entire base to appreciate.
"It's really not a personal achievement for a unit or an individual, but it's a significant milestone to operate one million hours on a platform, that there are only 180 or so existing in the world," Story said.
Commander Story says students and aviators fly the planes five or six hours a day. Even with these long hours, the planes are doing well.