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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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US Air Force Pilot Survives F-15 Crash Off Okinawa

The Japanese military rescued a U.S. Air Force pilot from the Pacific Ocean Tuesday after he was forced to eject from his disabled F-15 fighter jet off the coast of Okinawa.

According to a U.S. Air Force news release, Japan Air Self Defense Force rescue squadron crews found the pilot roughly 70 miles east of Okinawa at around nine in the morning Japan time.

The pilot, assigned to ...

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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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Daily Report: Taliban Suicide Bombers Threaten Marines, New Rules For F-22 Pilots, Reservists Can Now Respond To U.S. Disasters

Marines face Taliban suicide bomb threat - The Marine Corps Times "The Taliban has turned to targeting coalition forces and Afghan government targets with suicide and other mobile bombs, putting U.S. troops on guard against a threat that can appear virtually anywhere."

New Law Authorizes Reservists to Respond to Homeland Disasters - American Forces Press Service "New authority in this year’s Defense Department authorization act allows the Army, Navy, Air ...

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National Guard ID's Pilot Killed In F-15 Jet Crash

After days of searching for the missing pilot of a downed F-15C jet in the hopes he had safely ejected, rescue crews came to the realization Thursday that the pilot was actually killed in the crash.

Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander, announced Friday:

"On behalf of the family of our fallen pilot and with a sense of profound sadness, I am sad to share that Lt. Col. Morris ...

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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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Two Navy Jets From USS Carl Vinson Collide At Sea; One Pilot Missing (Video)

The pilot of one of two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornet jets that collided in the western Pacific after taking off from the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in fair condition Friday, while a search continued for the other pilot, Navy officials said.

At the time of the incident, the Navy reports the Vinson was roughly 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island.

Both jets were ...

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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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Navy Names Pilot Presumed Dead After Crash Off USS Carl Vinson

The Navy has identified the pilot who went missing and is presumed dead after his fighter jet crashed as Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, of Lake Arrowhead, California.

As Home Post reported earlier, Poloski was the pilot of one of two F/A-18C Hornet jets from the USS Carl Vinson that collided Friday and crashed into the Western Pacific.

The other pilot was immediately rescued and received medical attention aboard the ...

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