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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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Military Jet Crash Kills Air Force Pilot In Middle East

A pilot with the U.S. Air Force died when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Sunday night while conducting a mission for Operation Inherent Resolve, according to Stars and Stripes.

Military officials would not say which country in the Middle East the crash took place, only to say it was not in Iraq or Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters the plane when down when it was returning ...

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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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Body Of Pilot From Missing F-16 FIghter Jet Recovered

Search crews have recovered the body of the airman whose F-16 military jet crashed Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The aircraft was taking part in a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when Tyndall Air Force Base lost contact with the pilot around 9:15 a.m.

Air Force officials announced the recovery of 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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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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U.S. Air Force Pilot Killed In Middle East ID'ed As Capt. William Dubois

The Department of Defense has identified the U.S. Air Force pilot killed Dec. 1 as Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado.

Dubois lost his life when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed "near a coalition air base" in the Middle East.

According to the Air Force Times:

The jet was tasked to bomb targets in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against the Islamic State group ...

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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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Missing Military Jet, Pilot Believed To Have Crashed In Gulf of Mexico

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for a missing F-16 Fighting Falcon and its pilot. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida lost contact with the pilot at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Air Force officials have told the media they believe the military jet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

The aircraft is assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Col. Scott Ward, commander of that group, said during ...

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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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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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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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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Reporter Eric Schmitt is currently aboard the Carl Vinson. He interviewed Navy pilots about the specifics (without getting TOO specific) of their flights ...

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