Various sites reported that two US Air Force A-10s crashed in the ranges near Nellis AFB, Nevada, last Wednesday.
The pilots of both planes ejected safely and were being evaluated Thursday at a military hospital…
The Air Force will investigate and Read more
The US Air Force announced that a U-2 Dragon Lady crashed yesterday after its crew of two ejected. One pilot did not survive:
The aircraft was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, and was on a training mission. Two pilots were onboard and ejected the aircraft. One pilot is confirmed deceased, while the other sustained injuries.
The U-2 is technically a single-place airplane. There were 5 aircraft Read more
The US Navy reported that one of its trainers, a T-45C Goshawk, crashed on a training mission Sunday night:
The training aircraft, assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 21, crashed during a routine training mission over Brooks County. County first responders were immediately dispatched to the scene.
A Stars and Stripes report indicated the aircrew were actually Marine officers. The two ejected and were transported to the local hospital.
The crash Read more
A Marine Fighter Pilot flying an AV-8B Harrier ejected during exercises off the North Carolina coast. He was rescued by an H-60 Seahawk about a half hour later.
The pilot was apparently in a flight of four aircraft. His ejection Read more
Luke Air Force Base announced that an F-16 flown by a Taiwanese student pilot crashed yesterday morning near Bagdad, Arizona.
The student pilot was being trained in a “high G[-force] maneuver between two aircraft in an air-to-air fight,” Pleus said. The pilot’s instructor was in a separate aircraft.
Such a statement bears the hallmarks of a G-induced Loss of Consciousness, or G-LOC, which has historically incapacitated pilots and left them unable to eject. Read more
The US Navy recently salvaged an F/A-18 Super Hornet from the floor of the Arabian Gulf. The fighter reportedly went down in July.
While the recovery out of nearly 200 feet of water is fascinating, equally interesting is how convinced some sailors were that they already knew why the jet had crashed: Read more
Last Wednesday, a fledgling F-16 pilot had reason to be thankful when he successfully ejected during a training mission out of Holloman AFB, New Mexico:
“The pilot successfully ejected and was transported to a local medical facility,” Holloman Director of Media Relations Arlan Ponder said. “He was part of a training mission…”
The First Lieutenant was likely an upgrading student, as the squadron at Holloman actually belongs to the primary F-16 training unit at Luke AFB, Arizona.
As is the normal routine, the Air Force will investigate the incident and report on it some months from now.
Capt William DuBois of Shaw AFB died in December when he crashed near a classified base. According to the recently released accident report, DuBois was apparently unaware he was descending to the ground until the last minute, when it was too late to recover. Read more