F-16 pilot earns Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John D.W. Corley (left) and Koren Kolligian (right) present the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy to Lt. Col. Peter Byrne during a ceremony in the Pentagon June 5. The trophy, an Air Force safety award, is named after 1st Lt. Koren Kolligian Jr., whose T-33 Shooting Star went missing off the California coast in 1955. The trophy is given annually to aircrew members who exhibit "outstanding feats of airmanship." Colonel Byrne, the 140th Wing vice commander, earned the award from an incident in June 2006 when he suffered a stroke while flying an F-16 but was able to safely land the plane 90 minutes later. Mr. Kolligian is the nephew of Lieutenant Kolligian. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski)

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