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Navy identifies Lemoore pilot killed in crash in Death Valley National Park

Navy identifies Lemoore pilot killed in crash in Death Valley National ParkThe Navy has identified the Lemoore pilot killed in a crash in Death Valley National Park earlier this week.



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Navy confirms pilot died in jet crash in Death Valley

Navy confirms pilot died in jet crash in Death ValleyThe pilot of a U.S. Navy jet fighter that crashed in Death Valley National Park was killed, the military said Thursday. The F/A-18E Super Hornet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley. The jet went down Wednesday during low-level flying in what was described as routine training.



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Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injured

Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injuredA US Navy pilot is missing and seven people have been injured after a fighter jet crashed in California's Death Valley.The F/A-18E Super Hornet was being flown on a routine training mission when it went down around 10am local time, Lieutenant Commander Lydia Bock, public affairs officer for the Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said.Search and rescue teams scoured the crash site, but have so far been unable to locate the pilot, Lt Cmdr Bock added.The seven injured people were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts watch military pilots flying low through a steep and narrow chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon.Injured tourists told KABC-TV they were taking photos of the sweeping landscape when the jet screamed into view and suddenly slammed into the canyon wall.The news station said they were treated for minor burns and cuts from flying fragments after the plane crashed and exploded.US and foreign militaries train pilots and test jets in the gorge, officially called Rainbow Canyon, near the park’s western entrance. Military flights there date back to the Second World War.The chasm was nicknamed Star Wars Canyon because the mineral-rich soil and red, grey and pink walls resemble the home planet of Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker.Lt Cmdr Bock said the cause of the crash was under investigation.The jet was from strike fighter squadron VFA-151 stationed at Lemoore. The squadron is part of an air group attached to the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis.Additional reporting by agencies



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U.S. Navy Super Hornet Jet Crashes Near Death Valley, Injuring 7. Pilot Still Missing

U.S. Navy Super Hornet Jet Crashes Near Death Valley, Injuring 7. Pilot Still MissingThe U.S. Navy is conducting a search-and-rescue operation for the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet jet that crashed near Death Valley on Wednesday, injuring seven.The pilot was flying in “Star Wars” Canyon, a chasm in Death Valley National Park where tourists go to observe aviation training exercises, according to park officials, CNN reported.“The cause of the crash is currently under investigation,” Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock, a spokesperson for the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said in a statement.“Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown,” Bock added.Seven visitors sustained minor injuries after the accident, Death Valley National Park spokesman Patrick Taylor told CNN.Recommended: Why North Korea's Air Force is Total Junk Why Doesn't America Kill Kim Jong Un? The F-22 Is Getting a New Job: Sniper



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Delta pilot suspected of drinking, kicked off plane and arrested at Minneapolis airport

Delta pilot suspected of drinking, kicked off plane and arrested at Minneapolis airportA Delta pilot was arrested Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday after being caught with alcohol and suspected of impairment.



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An Air Force Pilot Tells Us What Flying a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Like

An Air Force Pilot Tells Us What Flying a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Like(Washington, D.C.) When B-2 stealth bombers attacked Serbia on the opening night of Operation Allied Force in 1999, destroyed Iraqi air defenses during 2003’s “Shock and Awe” and eliminated the Libyan fighter force in 2011 — the attacks were all guided by highly-specialized pilots trained in stealth attack tactics.Given the dangers of these kinds of missions, such as flying into heavy enemy ground fire from air defenses, confronting the prospect of air attacks and preparing for electronic warfare over hostile territory, B-2 pilots need to be ready.“We prepare and train every single day in case we get called up tomorrow,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidor, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.While performing missions, B-2 pilots need to maintain the correct flight path, align with specific targeting intelligence and load and prepare weapons, all while manning a digital cockpit to control a wide range of additional variables at one time. Polidor, who trains future B-2 pilots at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, says Air Force pilot trainees have adjusted well to learning a seemingly overwhelming amount of new information.“The biggest challenge for pilots is being able to manage flying for long periods of time at the same time as managing a communications suite and robust weapons package,” Polidor said.Polidor is only the 10th female B-2 pilot in history.Training is broken down into an academic phase and a flight phase, with classroom training as the first step. Trainees, Polidor explained, typically spend about two months working on a simulator, before taking their first flight.



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Pilot missing after F-35 fighter jet crashes in Japan

Pilot missing after F-35 fighter jet crashes in JapanWreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country's defence minister said Wednesday. There was no word yet on the fate of the one pilot on board the jet, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said. It was the first reported case of a crash by an F-35A, according to Japan's Air Self-Defence Force. "We have collected part of its tail" in search operations at sea with planes and vessels, Iwaya told reporters. "We believe it crashed," he added. The fighter jet went missing around 7.30 pm (10.30 GMT) Tuesday as it was flying some 135 kilometres (85 miles) east of Misawa, northeastern Japan, on a training mission. Parts of the jet were recovered, the defense ministry said Wednesday The plane lost contact about 30 minutes after taking off from Misawa Air Base with three other aircraft. "During the exercise, the aircraft… communicated that it was aborting the exercise, then communications from the plane stopped and its radar track disappeared," Iwaya said. Japan's air force announced a commission late Tuesday to study the cause of the accident. But it was still not clear exactly what happened to the plane by late Wednesday afternoon, a Japanese air force official told AFP. US defence contractor Lockheed Martin touts the high-tech fighter as "virtually undetectable" and says it allows the US and its allies to dominate the skies with its "unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness." Japan is deploying F-35As, each of which costs more than 10 billion yen ($ 90 million), to replace its ageing F-4 fighters. The jet was one of 13 F-35As deployed at the base, according to the defence ministry. The remaining 12 F-35A fighters have been grounded for the time being, the ministry said. "Until we find out exactly what happened, it would be difficult for us to have those planes fly again," the air force official told AFP. US military forces said they were helping the search-and-rescue effort. "US Forces Japan will continue to work closely with the Japan Self Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence to assist with search and rescue efforts, as requested," US Forces Japan said in a statement. The F35A jets are a key part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to upgrade the nation's military capacity to meet changing power dynamics in East Asia, with China rapidly modernising its military. Over the next decade, Japan plans to purchase as many as 105 F-35As and 42 units of other high-capacity jets, most likely the F-35B variant.



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Pilot: Cruise ship woes off Norway started with engine snags

Pilot: Cruise ship woes off Norway started with engine snagsCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian pilot on the cruise ship carrying more than 1,300 people that was caught in a hefty storm off the coast of Norway said Tuesday the situation worsened when engine problems appeared.



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Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in Utah

Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in UtahThe remains of a World War II pilot who disappeared 74 years ago while flying a mission over Germany were returned to his family in Utah.



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Ethiopian Airlines Denies Reports That Pilot in Boeing 737 MAX Crash Was Not Properly Trained

Ethiopian Airlines Denies Reports That Pilot in Boeing 737 MAX Crash Was Not Properly TrainedThey were prepared to fly a Boeing 737 Max 8, the airline said



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