The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs confirms for Eyewitness News that the forest fire now burning out of control was likely caused by a flare dropped from one of two F-16 fighters, that were participating in a bomb-dropping training exercise over the Warren Grove Bombing Range.
The aircraft are based are part of the 177th Fighter Wing, based at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township.
Maybe the military should reconsider using flares over dry forest?
Nkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 8876 times:
This is the second incident in 3 year with this bombing range.... In 2004, a fighter jet shot several rounds which hit the roof of a school not to far from there... of course, that was probably just bad aim.
Wannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 681 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 8843 times:
I would not hold the pilots responsible. Flight operations should be aware of the environment these guys are flying in and include all pertinent information in the pre-flight briefing. The weather guys should be well aware of the conditions ,IMHO.
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 8843 times:
What's amazing, is that brush fires or forest fires are rather common on military gunnery ranges, during the summer. No big deal - we handle them.
Anyway, it was a training exercise. The entire point was to depict an actual mission as closely as possible. If we're going to start putting more absurd restrictions on military training grounds, it just hurts us further down the road when we're in the sandbox.
Quoting MDorBust (Reply 8): Better idea, just cut down the forest. It is a military bombing range after all.
Agreed. But hey! Now we don't have to cut it down... just let it burn. After that, don't let it become overgrown.
StevenL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8627 times:
Why in training do fighter pilots drop flares before they drop a bomb / shoot a missle? I've seen several movies on youtube out there where they always drop a few. Is it to alert other pilots that he's shooting? Or just for looks?
Quoting Nkops (Reply 9): This is the second incident in 3 year with this bombing range.... In 2004, a fighter jet shot several rounds which hit the roof of a school not to far from there... of course, that was probably just bad aim.
got a link to that? I would love to read about it...