LtGen Craig Franklin is the 3rd Air Force Commander and the convening authority for the court martial of LtCol James Wilkerson, the Aviano F-16 pilot who was convicted of sexual assault at court-martial.
LtGen Franklin vacated the ruling and dismissed the case, a move that has been strongly criticized.
A few have missed the fact that Gen Franklin had to make either an affirmative or negative decision on the recommendation of the court-martial — there was no neutral position. He chose not to approve the ruling, as was his authority, and he explained Read more…
The US Air Force identified the F-16 pilot killed in Afghanistan last week as Capt James Steel, a 2006 US Air Force Academy graduate and Shaw Air Force Base pilot.
The F-16 reportedly crashed while on a night final approach to Bagram Air Base after his fragged sortie. News reports do not indicate a family, other than his father, retired MajGen Robert Steel.
An American F-16 has reportedly crashed in Afghanistan, killing the pilot. The ISAF release noted only that a plane had crashed, though other news sources identified the nationality as US:
A U.S. military pilot was killed when his F-16 fighter jet crashed while on a night flight over mountainous terrain in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
The articles seem to indicate it was not likely a result of hostile fire.
His identity has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The US Air Force reported it lost contact with an Aviano Air Base assigned F-16 Monday night:
The aircraft, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission over the Adriatic Sea when the base lost contact with the pilot at approximately 8 p.m…
While the aircraft has not yet been found, search teams are working under the assumption that the aircraft crashed in the Adriatic.
The F-16 was reportedly working with a four-ship in poor weather night conditions, and made a radio call about a problem before losing contact.
Our prayers are with the pilot and family.
Multiple news outlets reported a California Air National F-16 crashed in the California desert on Friday.
No details were given, except that it was a medium altitude emergency and the pilot safely ejected.
The F-16 military jet went down in Owens Valley in Inyo County. The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft.
Pilots at the 144th Fighter Wing are on what’s called a “safety stand down” day, meaning all flights are grounded as part of standard procedure following a crash.
As is standard procedure, the Air Force will investigate the mishap and report it some months from now.
The Associated Press penned a piece saying the US Air Force has been saddled by an aging fleet of aircraft thanks to “past inattention” and a “lack of urgency.”
For decades, the U.S. Air Force has grown accustomed to such superlatives as unrivaled and unbeatable. These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit.
The article then details some of the aircraft the Air Force is flying, including the KC-135, B-52, and U-2 (1950s), and F-15, F-16, and A-10 (1970s). Modern era Read more…
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While some question the stability — and the political alliances — of their government back home, a group of Iraqi pilots has become the first to begin training in US F-16s:
Two Iraqis have joined aspiring fighter pilots from the United States, Singapore, Poland, Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands at the U.S. Air Force’s international F-16 schoolhouse at Tucson International Airport.
A “senior delegation” recently visited to “assess their students’ progress.”
Iraq is reportedly expecting to receive F-16s in 2014.
On August 10th, General Mark Welsh will become the next US Air Force Chief of Staff. His Senate confirmation had previously been on hold. Welsh, who is popular for his well-delivered inspirational messages and straight-shooting, will replace retiring General Norton Schwartz. The Air Force Times said one of General Welsh’s first jobs will be to “repair” the damage done to the Air Force’s relationship with Congress — under Schwartz, who has Read more…
A US Air Force F-16 crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday; the pilot safely ejected. It was apparently part of a flight from Japan to the United States — meaning it was far from home (and potentially land) when the pilot ejected. That may explain why he spent 6 hours in the water and was eventually picked up by a commercial — not military — vessel.
With various controversies ongoing over crashing Ospreys and the presence of Marines, the US was quick to praise the alliance with Japan that aided in the pilot’s recovery.
As with every other aircraft incident, the Air Force will investigate to determine the cause over the next month or so.
General Mark Welsh, the current commander of USAFE, has been nominated by the President to become the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force. If confirmed, he would represent a return of the fighter pilot to the Chief position, which was filled for the first time by a non-fighter/bomber pilot with current Chief General Norton Schwartz.
“It’s always a great day to be an Airman … but this one is extra special for me. I came into the Air Force because I Read more…
The Air Force reported that an F-15E Strike Eagle crashed “in Southwest Asia” on a local training mission. Both crew members were reported safe. This is the second F-15E crash in the AOR since the March crash that killed pilot Capt Francis Imlay.
In Utah, the Air Force said an F-16 crashed, with the pilot successfully ejecting.
As is the norm, the crashes will be investigated by a board, and the results released some months from now.
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Fighter pilots from two Aviano-based F-16 squadrons got a unique opportunity to exchange flights with pilots in the Bulgarian Air Force — which flies MiG-21s and MiG-29s.
The exercise was cut short when a MiG-29 crashed Read more…
Five different fighter squadrons at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, recently loaded every available aircraft in its go-to-war configuration and then conducted an “elephant walk” — taxiing slowly down the runway in a mass formation and back to parking.
In theory, the elephant walk tests every part of a unit’s ability to go to war — including loading live weapons — except actually launching/flying. It proves that, if called upon, a unit can generate (almost) every aircraft in its combat configuration on a specific timeline. While it might seem odd to taxi around the field, even Read more…
A US Air Force F-16 based out of Osan Air Base, Korea, crashed on Wednesday. The pilot was reportedly “safe” after ejecting.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, during a routine training mission at approximately March 21.
The aircraft, assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron here, was flying a mission as part of the 51st Fighter Wing’s ongoing exercise.
As usual, a board will investigate for about a month. An accident report will likely make its way to the general public several months from now.
Also noted at FoxNews and the Air Force Times.
US Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz and Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff LtGen Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad visited Laughlin Air Force Base to see the graduation of LtGen Anwer’s son, Capt Mohammed Hama Ameen, from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training.
“I am proud of him today because he is new,” said Anwer, who Read more…