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Published August 12, 2011, 10:31 PM

An Air Force pilot feels honored to be back in town

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – An Air Force pilot is back in his hometown to show off the reasons he loves his job.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – An Air Force pilot is back in his hometown to show off the reasons he loves his job. The Fargo South Graduate set off for the career of a lifetime over 21 years ago.... And now flies F-15-E Strike Eagle.

With family and friends gazing from the side of the runway, Lieutenant Colonel David Brynteson glides gracefully onto the lanes at Hector Airport.

The Former Fargo South Bruin shows up in smiles, happy to help spread the word about flying his plane for the U-S Air Force.

Brynteson says, “Yeah I love it, I've always wanted to bring a jet back to Fargo. It has been one of my career goals to do that. "

Deployed several times... Brynteson has been in the front seat of these planes for more than 21 years, and is now stationed at Mountain Home base near Boise, Idaho.

Brynteson - " We have a deployment coming up in March time frame so we are just continually training and we have some office work too, but the most important thing, and fun thing to do is fly the jets. "

For Brynteson, flying into Fargo is an honor.... coming back to the very place where he founded his love for airplanes.

Brynteson - " The Airsho... Yeah I remember sitting down on the field an F-4 came here from the Happy Hooligians here at about 500 feet, 500 knopts, the afterburner glowing, smelling the fuel, and I thought this was the coolest thing I've ever seen."

Brynteson's former teacher Tom Halstenson says he's impressed with where the former football player and promising student ended up. Halstenson says," I think its highly exceptional. I think he is on a track to do big things in the military." And father Wayne says he's pretty proud.

Brynteson " He's done everything I've never did."

They say its good having Brynteson back home. And Brynteson says spreading the word of the Air Force, here in Fargo is the chance of a lifetime. Brynteson's F-15-E will be by the Air Museum all day tomorrow and Sunday. His F-15-E is the closest plane to 19th Avenue.