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Air National Guard Jets Collide In Midair, Coast Guard Rescues Pilot (Video)

Two Air National Guard F-16 jets collided in midair Thursday night off the coast of Virginia. The pilot of one of the jets ejected, and the Coast Guard was able to rescue him hours later, according to a Coast Guard press release.

The pilot from the other jet involved in the collision was able to fly his aircraft back to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

A 113th Wing D.C ...

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American Pilot Of Crashed F-16 Missing

Search-and-rescue crews have recovered what they believe to be the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet in the Adriatic Sea, according to the Associated Press.

The pilot is still missing.

Maj. Erick Saks, chief of public affairs for the 31st Fighter Wing, told Stars and Stripes:

“We are still considering it a search-and-rescue operation. We are still hopeful.”

Aviano Air Base in Italy lost contact with ...

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U.S. Pilot Killed In Afghanistan Jet Crash

A U.S. pilot died in a plane crash in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

According to a NATO International Security Assistance Force news release, the site of the plane crash was located and the pilot's remains recovered:

While the cause of the crash is under investigation, initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time of the crash.

It is ISAF policy not to ...

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Missing F-16 Pilot Is From California (Video)

The Air Force has released the name of a F-16 pilot declared missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea. Capt. Lucas Gruenther of the 31st Fighter Wing, based at Aviano Air Base in Italy, grew up in California.

Several Central California news outlets are reporting his hometown as Twain-Harte. According to the Modesto Bee, Gruenther graduated in 1999 from Summerville High in Tuolumne City, where he met his ...

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F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Near Phoenix, Crew Survives (Video)

Both pilots ejected safely before their F-16 fighter jet crashed near in suburban Phoenix Wednesday evening, according to an Air Force news release.

The jet was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base.

Phoenix television station CBS5 reports that the two jet crew members were an instructor and a student.

There were several witnesses to the F-16 crash. Suburban Phoenix resident Eva DelaCruz told CBS5:

"The ...

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Search Is On For Pilot Presumed Killed in F-16

The Air Force is searching for the body of missing pilot Capt. Eric Ziegler, who Air Force officials say died when his F-16 jet crashed in the Nevada desert Tuesday. Although the military is not identifying the pilot by name, the Grand Forks Herald reports the family of Ziegler confirmed his death by phone.

The crash took place about 150 miles north of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas ...

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Body Of Missing F-16 Pilot Found

The family of Capt. Lucas Gruenther has announced his body was recovered from the Adriatic Sea on Thursday. Gruenther, an F-16 pilot, went missing during a training mission Monday night off the coast of Italy.

Gruenther was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base in Italy.

As Home Post reported yesterday, Gruenther grew up in California. He was a 1999 graduate of Summerville High in Tuolumne ...

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Pentagon IDs Pilot Killed In Afghanistan F-16 Crash

The Pentagon has identified the pilot killed Wednesday when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Afghanistan as Capt. James Michael Steel, 29, of Tampa, Florida.

Air Force Central Command spokesperson Capt. Natassia Cherne told Stars and Stripes that Steel's plane was on its final approach to land at Bagram Airfield around 11 p.m. when he lost contact with his wingman and the control tower. Steel's F-16 then ...

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Investigation Into Jet Crash Shows Pilot Hit Mountain

The F-16C crash that killed pilot Capt. James Michael Steel on April 3, 2013 was caused by his failure to "perceive mountainous terrain in his flight path," according to a new report by the U.S. Air Force.

The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report, released this week, found Steel crashed into the side of a mountain "obscured by poor weather conditions" roughly 10 nautical miles southeast of Bagram ...

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Spatial Disorientation Caused F-16 Crash That Killed California Air Force Pilot

An Air Force investigation into the F-16 crash that killed California native Maj. Lucas "Gaza" Gruenther finds the pilot's spatial disorientation caused him to eject in unsafe conditions, leading to his death.

As Home Post reported earlier this year, the 32-year-old Gruenther was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base. He was a 1999 graduate of Summerville High in Tuolumne City. Gruenther also graduated from ...

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Memorial Service Held For Fallen Air Force Pilot From California

Loved ones of Air Force Maj. Lucas "Gaza" Gruenther held a memorial service today in a hangar at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Gruenther, a California native, went missing during a training mission last week. His body was recovered from the Adriatic Sea on January 31.

Gruenther, 32, was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base. His memorial service was attended by roughly 1,000 fellow ...

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Pentagon Report Warns Of F-35 Visibility Risks

Significant visibility issues could lead to dangerous flight conditions, according to test pilots who have flown the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

That is just one of several issues identified by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester in a February report, published online (PDF) today by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight.

Other issues include flawed radar, ongoing challenges with the high-tech helmet required to fly the jet, and potential issues ...

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Air Force Releases Report On Fatal F-15E Crash

From Air Combat Command:

An Accident Investigation Board report released today by Air Combat Command presents the board's findings on a March 28, 2012, mishap in which the pilot of an F-15E Strike Eagle was fatally injured when his aircraft crashed into a radio tower in Southwest Asia.

According to the report, the pilot became spatially disoriented and incorrectly perceived the aircraft as inverted due to reduced visibility and ...

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Navy Releases FY14 Aviation Career Continuation Pay Rates

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs:

Qualified Navy aviators can receive up to $125,000 in bonuses, the Navy announced in a message released April 8.

According to NAVADMIN 078/14, the following Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) bonuses are offered to pilots and naval flight officers (NFO) to retain skilled personnel for critical naval aviation billets:

HM pilot: $75,000

HSC pilot: $75,000

HSL/HSM pilot: $75,000 ...

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Navy: Pilot From Crashed Jet Presumed Dead; Search Called Off

The Navy has called off its search for the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that crashed Friday in the Western Pacific.

The pilot, according to the Navy, "has been presumed deceased." That pilot was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 out of Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California.

The Navy won't release the pilot's name until his ...

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9/11 Fighter Pilots Remember Toughest Mission

Col. Tim Duffy, call sign "Duff," was a fighter pilot on alert the morning of 9/11. Duffy, and Lt. Col. Dan Nash (call sign "Nasty"), were charged with flying from Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts to New York City. Their mission was to protect innocent Americans from attack, and that mission could have included shooting down a commercial airliner.

Duff and Nasty talked to WBUR radio program ...

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Army Doctors Aid Mortally Ill Pilot As Flight Makes Emergency Landing (Video)

Two Army doctors from Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Madigan Army Medical Center were onboard United Flight 1603 from Houston to Seattle when the pilot suffered a heart attack Thursday night. The doctors performed CPR on the pilot as the plane made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho.

Jay Ebbeson, a spokesman for the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, told The Associated Press about the two Army doctors:

Ebberson says the ...

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Marine Pilots To Practice Bombing At Camp Pendleton This Week

Marine Corps pilots will be practicing bombing at Camp Pendleton this week, base officials announced Monday.

The training will take place in the Zulu impact area, near the center of North County base, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, according to Camp Pendleton's public affairs office.

Explosions may be heard up to 50 miles away, depending on atmospheric conditions.

Navy Says Pilot Killed In 'Top Gun' Fighter Jet Crash (Video)

A U.S. military pilot was killed Saturday when his Marine Corps F/A-18C crashed on a training flight for the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center's "Top Gun" course at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.

The Navy has not yet released the identity of the pilot.

As Home Post reported earlier, the jet went down on the Fallon Range Training Complex, roughly 70 miles east of NAS ...

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