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Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 8:10 pm
by garnetpalmetto
Two F/A-18F Super Hornets assigned to the VFA-211 "Fighting Checkmates" based out of NAS Oceana have crashed off of North Carolina's Outer Banks after a collision during training maneuvers. Both aviators and both WSOs suffered minor injuries and were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article80044292.html

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RE: Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 8:29 pm
by AYVN
Look's like US is trying to rival with Russia on number of crashes lately. Maybe Scipio could open new topic for "US Military Crashes"

RE: Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 10:27 pm
by dfwjim1
The article shows a photo of a Blue Angel FA18

RE: Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 12:07 am
by Acheron
Quoting AYVN (Reply 1):
Look's like US is trying to rival with Russia on number of crashes lately. Maybe Scipio could open new topic for "US Military Crashes"

The US has already overtaken the Russians in crashes this year, so far. The second place is up for grabs between Russian and India, though.

RE: Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 10:38 am
by garnetpalmetto
Quoting dfwjim1 (Reply 2):
The article shows a photo of a Blue Angel FA18

I'm assuming whomever chose that photo for the article A) Doesn't know the difference between a legacy Hornet and a Super Hornet and B) REALLY didn't think through that people might think it was a Blue Angel that crashed, although I believe the air show at MCAS Cherry Point that they performed at was nearly a month ago. FWIW, today's coverage omits all pictures of the aircraft in favor of pictures of the crews arriving via USCG Jayhawk to Norfolk General Hospital.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article80250252.html

No real news, just that the Navy will, of course, launch a board to look into what happened and that both aircraft were traveling at a high rate of speed when the crews ejected.

RE: Two F/A-18F Super Hornets Collide Off Of NC Coast

Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 6:15 pm
by HaveBlue
Quoting Acheron (Reply 3):
The US has already overtaken the Russians in crashes this year, so far. The second place is up for grabs between Russian and India, though.

The number of crashes is a lot less relevant than the number of crashes per flight hour. If I crash twice as often as you do but fly 10 times more hours per year, I'm still safer.