German Tornados, one specially painted to commemorate the event, fly over the German air force Flying Training Center at Holloman Air Force Base, NM Oct. 13 2009 on the way to achieving the 55, 555th flight hour in a Tornado. Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, werer flying the painted Tornado. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)
Some background, turns out the German Air Force trains its personnel here in the states. Since 1958 GAF candidates are brought to Lackland AFB in Texas where they undergo some screening and initial training. Back before 1992 the sucessful Air candidates would then be scattered accross the nation to get their specific flight training. In 1992 with the adoption of the Tornado as the primary strike and fighter aircraft for the German Air Force they consolidated all training at Holloman AFB under a single banner:
Lovely, Great paint job. I love that Zia emblem too!!
UPDATE: Since I can't get Blogger to allow this pic to be enlarged here is the link to the picture which is available in HI RES. Third pic down, look for the blue Hi Res button to get the large size. Sorry All. Jimmy T