USAF F-16 crashed in Afghanistan - Pilot killed

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Unread post04 Apr 2013, 17:24

Some unfortunate news: <a href="http://www.f-16.net/news_article4723.html">US F-16 pilot killed in crash in Afghanistan</a>
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Unread post04 Apr 2013, 19:56

Update via stripes.com:
The plane was on its final approach to land [at Bagram Air Field in eastern Afghanistan] after a routine air support mission around 11 p.m. when it lost contact with its wingman and the control tower, Air Force Central Command spokesperson Capt. Natassia Cherne said. It crashed 10 miles south of the runway.
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Unread post04 Apr 2013, 20:54

Condolences to the family.

Anybody know more on what unit etc? The <a href="http://www.f-16.net/units_article91.html">77FS</a> should be over there I think?
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Unread post05 Apr 2013, 13:54

Air Force officials meanwhile confirmed that the pilot belonged to the 77th "Gamblers" fighter squadron. This squadron from Shaw Air Force base, is serving a 6-month deployment to Bagram Air Base.
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Unread post06 Apr 2013, 00:22

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the 77th.
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Unread post06 Apr 2013, 10:51

Air Force officials have confirmed a Shaw AFB F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot was killed April 3, after his aircraft crashed in Afghanistan returning to base from a close air support mission.

The pilot, Capt. James Steel, 29, from the 77th Fighter Squadron, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2006, completed pilot training and arrived at Shaw in June 2010. He was the chief of mobility for the 77th FS.

Link: <a href="http://www.f-16.net/news_article4724.html">Shaw pilot identified in Afghanistan crash</a>


In memoriam: <a href="http://www.f-16.net/inmemoriam_tribute253.html">Captain James Steel</a>
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Unread post11 Apr 2013, 19:15

Prayers to the family and Shaw.

Any word on the tail number? I was at Shaw for a number of years and just curious.
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Unread post13 Apr 2013, 00:06

May his soul rest in peace.

Condolences to the family and the unit which is pretty much a family too.
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Unread post05 Sep 2013, 08:12

ruderamronbo wrote:Link to the AIB report

http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Do ... Bagram.pdf

Thanks. I try and read every mishap report I can get my hands on.
"The NATOPS (standards) is written in blood"

RIP Capt. Steel
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Unread post05 Sep 2013, 19:23

bushmaster78 wrote:Prayers to the family and Shaw.

Any word on the tail number? I was at Shaw for a number of years and just curious.

AIB says the T/N was 00-0219 but the D/B has it with the 79th. Hasn't been updated since '09.

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Unread post05 Sep 2013, 22:44

Thanks for pointing that out. Updated the database with the info
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Unread post06 Sep 2013, 05:43

When I was at Hill we often deployed with other Sq jets because the phase maintenance schedules worked out better--especially when we took 18+ jets
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Unread post10 Sep 2013, 01:08

It was a rainbowed package.

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