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2 F-18 Missing In Iraq  
User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

Hope the crews have made it...  worried 

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/05/02/iraq.planes/index.html


If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
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User currently offlineKovi17 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3978 times:

oh lord i hope they are goin to be ok worried 


We dont worry about small things like that...
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Any idea of the squadron? Please post if anyone gets any info.  Sad

User currently offlineUSAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Let's hope for the safe return of the crews.


336th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 3):
Let's hope for the safe return of the crews.

Here Here!!


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

Quoting USAF336TFS (Reply 3):
Let's hope for the safe return of the crews.

Absolutely.

They were off the Carl Vinson . . .

Haven't heard anything yet . . .


User currently offlineContact_tower From Norway, joined Sep 2001, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3752 times:

From BBC News

Quote:
At least one US Marine Corps pilot has died and another is missing after two F/A-18 Hornet jets crashed in Iraq.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Yes, one crew is dead  Sad the other missing. It appears they collided in flight due to bad weather.
Even though this appears to be human error, I recall the F/A-18 doesn't have an outstanding safety record... Am I wrong?



If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 7):
I recall the F/A-18 doesn't have an outstanding safety record

I don't know that this is an entirely fair statment. IIRC There have been a lot of training accidents over the past several years, apparently attributed to 'pilot error' but if this were car racing, would have been referred to as 'just racing' accidents. I'm sure one of them made a mistake of one form or another, but I doubt it was anything blatantly stupid.


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 8):
I don't know that this is an entirely fair statment.

Didn't want to put the blame on the aircraft, though I recall quite a lot of training accidents, many involving carrier ops. I guess if something could/should be improved in the operating procedures for this machine and/or in the crews training...



If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5361 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 2):
Any idea of the squadron? Please post if anyone gets any info.

If they were from Carl Vinson, that would make them from the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers.



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3584 times:

A note in the Non-Av thread said, the bodies had been found. What a shame. Sympathies to their families and fellow airmen.  tombstone 

User currently offlineUSAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

God be with them.


I would like to thank them for their good service to our great country however.



USAF757300.


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 10):
If they were from Carl Vinson, that would make them from the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers.

Which is true! Aircrew found one of the pilot's body. Most likely the planes collided as no hostile fire is indicated. Based in MCAS Miramar in San Diego. Godspeed.

Kevin


User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

Both pilots died, not just one as initial news reports indicated.

As a former Marine and an OIF vet, all I can say is...Semper Fi, boys...  Sad



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