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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 01:31

F-15 down in Nevada from the 65th aggressors. pilot dead but backseater injured.

AP wrote:F-15 crashes in Nevada during training, killing 1

Wed Jul 30, 7:58 PM ET


LAS VEGAS - An Air Force official says the crash of an F-15 jet in the Nevada desert during a training exercise has left one pilot dead and the other injured.

Air Force spokesman Andrew Dumboski says the two-seater plane went down at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Nevada Test and Training Range outside of Goldfield, Nev.

The names of the pilots were not immediately released. Dumboski says the injured pilot is in stable condition and is under observation at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital.

The pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas.

Goldfield is about 180 miles north of the base.

source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080730/ap_ ... /f15_crash
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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 01:58

Thats very sad. Prayers go out to the pilots family and the second airman. Word is it was during red flag. anyone have any info? It was an F-15D clearly. was it 131, 129 or 058?
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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 02:08

Just read it on yahoo. Always somber to hear news like this. My prayers to both airmen and their loved ones. Godspeed.
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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 08:25

Nellis AFB wrote:Update: Pilot Declared Deceased Following F-15D Aircraft Accident

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7/30/2008 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- A pilot from Nellis Air Force Base was declared deceased after a U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range approximately 50 miles east of Goldfield, Nev., at approximately 11:30 a.m. today.

The F-15D, a two-seater, assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, was participating in a combat training mission as part of Exercise Red Flag 08-03.

Another pilot from the aircraft was transported to Mike O'Callaghan Hospital here at approximately 1:30 p.m. The second pilot is under observation and in stable condition at the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital on base.

Both pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, whose mission is to simulate opposing enemy air forces during Red Flag exercises here.

The names of the pilots involved are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided. A board of officials is being convened to investigate.

source: http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123108796
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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 12:13

I think a memorial bottle of Stoli is in order. :cry:
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Unread post31 Jul 2008, 17:05

I too shall raise my glass. From one gomer to another I salute you sir.
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Unread post01 Aug 2008, 05:26

God Speed! Words can't express the distress when it is one of the family.

God Bless one of our newest now in the Hospital!
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Unread post01 Aug 2008, 12:25

Las Vegas Now wrote:Officials Issue Update on Jet Crash
Aaron Drawhorn, Reporter
Updated: Aug 1, 2008 01:53 AM

Officials at Nellis are going to hold a news conference to talk about the jet crash that killed a Nellis pilot Wednesday.

The plane went down around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 50 miles east of Goldfield, Nevada. Officials say the jet was part of the 65th Aggressor Squadron and was taking part in Red Flag exercises.

The pilot who died in the crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley. Colonel Bouley was the commander of the 65th Aggressor Squadron. The second pilot is a member of the Royal Air Force and is being treated at Nellis.

"We know every day when we put on this uniform that it comes with inherent risk. We mitigate those risks as best we can," said Col. Russ Handy, Commander, 57th Wing.

Both pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron. They were assigned to act as opposing enemy air forces during Red Flag exercises.

Las Vegas resident Alan Gudaitis took pictures of the scene just after the crash. Seconds after the fatal flight, he described a "black mushroom shaped cloud" rising above the mountains. He drove closer to the crash site as the black smoke dissipated.

Red Flag operations continued again Thursday.

source: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/global/story.asp?s=8769993
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Nellis Air Force Base wrote:TRANSCRIPT: 57th Wing commander prepared statement

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7/31/2008 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Good afternoon. I'm Colonel Russ Handy, commander of the 57th Wing. As you know, an F-15D Eagle, flying in support of our Red Flag exercises, crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range approximately 50 miles east of Goldfield, Nevada, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. More importantly, we lost a fellow Airman, Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley - the commander of the 65th Aggressor Squadron here and the pilot of the F-15 that went down. Colonel Bouley had recently celebrated his 20th year wearing the uniform and had more than 4,500 flight hours in the F-15 Eagle, Royal Air Force F-3 Tornado and the T-38 Talon. He was a decorated warrior, an inspiring leader of Airmen, and a loving father and husband. He served his country with distinction and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Colonel Bouley's family, his Air Force family, and all of his friends during this difficult time.

We also had another well-respected instructor pilot on board the aircraft yesterday...who we are relieved to say is recovering today at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital, here on Nellis Air Force Base. He is an exchange pilot from the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force. He is working with and assisting the accident investigation board and his priority, of course, is to recover fully and devote his energy to supporting the investigation. For this reason, we are not able to release his name, nor provide interviews at this time. I can tell you he comes to us with extensive Royal Air Force Tornado F-3 experience and is now fully qualified in the F-16. He just recently began his assignment here with the 64th Aggressor Squadron and was receiving aggressor familiarization training during yesterday's flight.

He was recovered by base rescue crews and transported to our hospital where he spent the night for observation. Our thoughts are also with him and his family, and we wish him a very speedy recovery.

The investigation into this mishap began almost immediately. For the next several weeks, a trained Air Combat Command investigation board will focus their exclusive efforts on collecting and protecting evidence from the scene and gathering and analyzing all relevant data with the specific purpose of determining cause so we may prevent future mishaps. There is a fact sheet in your packet that describes this investigative process thoroughly. After the Accident Investigation Board concludes their process, its findings will be released by Air Combat Command.

Red Flag, as many of you may have noticed, is continuing. The value of the training we provide here at Nellis through exercises such as Red Flag is crucial to our success and the success of our allies in the current Global War on Terrorism and in preparing for future challenges. We know every day, when we put on this uniform, there are inherent risks in what we do... and we mitigate those risks as best we can. Nellis is the busiest flying base in our command, producing more than 42,000 sorties a year. As commander of this wing, the safety of our Airmen is at the top of my priority list. Protecting our nation's sons and daughters is a sacred trust, and we intend to do everything in our power to find the cause of this mishap so we may prevent it from happening again. Finally, we are extremely grateful to our local community. The support we have received has been terrific. Thank you.

source: http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123109008


Nellis Air Force Base wrote:Nellis pilot killed in F-15D crash identified

by Airman 1st Class Ryan Whitney
Nellis AFB Public Affairs

7/31/2008 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - The pilot who died in an aircraft accident July 30 was identified as Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley in a press conference with Col. Russell Handy, 57th Wing commander. Colonel Bouley was the 65th Aggressor Squadron commander.

Colonel Bouley was killed when the U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle, a two seater he was piloting, crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range during a Red Flag training exercise July 30, 2008.

"Colonel Bouley had recently celebrated his 20th year wearing the uniform, and had more than 4,200 flight hours in the F-15 Eagle, the Royal Air Force F-3 Tornado, and the T-38 Talon," said Colonel Handy during the press conference. "He was a decorated warrior, an inspiring leader of Airmen, and a loving father and husband. He served his country with distinction and will be greatly missed."

The other pilot in the aircraft, a Royal Air Force exchange pilot, is in stable condition. His name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, but will be released when the accident investigation board completes its work.

Both pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, whose mission is to simulate opposing enemy air forces during Red Flag exercises here.

"The investigation into this mishap began almost immediately. The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board will collect and protect evidence from the scene, and gather and analyze all relevant data," said Colonel Handy.

The accident investigation board is comprised of a board president who is a senior pilot, a maintenance expert, flight surgeon, judge advocate and any other needed specialists.

"As commander of this wing, the safety of our Airmen is at the top of my priority list," said Colonel Handy. "Protecting our nation's sons and daughters is a sacred trust, and we intend to do everything in our power to find the cause of this mishap so we may prevent it from happening again."

All aircraft units, with exception of the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons, have continued flying operations. The 64th AGRS will resume flying missions Aug. 1, and the 65th AGRS will resume operations Aug. 4.

"Right now, we're focused on supporting Colonel Bouley's family and the men and women of the 65th AGRS," said Colonel Handy.

Red Flag, a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies, is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and Nellis, through the 414th Combat Training Squadron. Nellis is the busiest flying base in Air Combat Command, flying 42,000 sorties each year.

source: http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123108999
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Unread post01 Aug 2008, 23:21

Bozhemoi, it was the Squadron Commander??? :shock:

Now I'm popping open a bottle of Russian Standard, I can't take any more bad news.I hope the RAF pilot is ok... wow, what a bummer! :cry:
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Unread post25 Nov 2008, 07:50

Deadly F-15D fighter crash blamed on pilot error, aircraft anomalies

By KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Pilot error coupled with "aircraft anomalies" sent an F-15D Eagle into a violent spin during an air combat training exercise, causing the July 30 crash of the two-seat fighter jet on Nellis Air Force Range that killed Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley, the leader of an Air Force investigation team said today.

A British Royal Air Force flight lieutenant in the back seat, who investigators didn't identify by name, barely escaped death by ejecting about 740 feet above ground.

Bouley's seat, however, didn’t release until the out-of-control plane was 586 feet above ground, beyond the specifications for survival, said Brig. Gen. Robert Otto, president of the accident investigation board.


Contact reporter Keith Rogers at krogers@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0308.

Source: http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/35013099.html
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Unread post25 Nov 2008, 09:13

I wonder if the aircraft had the dreaded radome with a boot. They will develop tiny a$$ little bubbles in them. Always heard the rumour that they are responsible for departures. Maybe this will clear it up finally.
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Unread post25 Nov 2008, 17:57

Air Combat Command wrote:F-15D accident report released
Air Combat Command Public Affairs

11/24/2008 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- A combination of human factors and aircraft anomalies caused the spin during the July 30, 2008, crash of a two-seat F-15D fighter during a Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation board report released today.

The pilot in command, Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley, was killed in the mishap. An observer pilot, a British Royal Air Force flight lieutenant, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released.

The aircraft, valued at $38 million, was assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis.

According to the AIB report, the mishap pilot momentarily exceeded a technical order maneuvering limitation that is in place when the F-15D has fuel in the external wing tanks. Additionally, spatial disorientation resulting from the aircraft spin hampered recovery and was also cited as a cause.

When the pilot momentarily exceeded limitations, the aircraft departed from controlled flight due to the "left yaw/roll phenomenon," an aerodynamic anomaly that affects some F-15D's with two external fuel tanks. The departure, when coupled with an external wing tank fuel imbalance, resulted in the F-15 going into a spin.

Through simulations, investigators concluded that once in this spin, recovery was delayed by a radome, or nose cone, imperfection. Although the nose cone was too damaged to analyze, simulations provided substantial evidence that a radome anomaly aggravated the aircraft's spin recovery.

The violent and prolonged spin left the pilot spatially disoriented, which hampered the dive recovery, necessitating ejection. The observer pilot, who was sitting in the F-15's backseat, was ejected first, and he survived the crash. The mishap pilot was ejected .4 seconds later and did not survive the crash.

source: http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123125524
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Unread post26 Nov 2008, 00:24

That's odd. I've always heard Eagle Drivers say that the best thing to do if an F-15 departs on you is hands off the stick, and ride the spin out. Why didn't that work here?...or was he fighting the controls?

I wonder why he didn't punch tanks?...and 586 AGL beyond the specifications for a safe ejection in an ACES II? That doesn't compute with me either.

This is definitely one of the stranger Eagle mishap fatalities that I've known about.
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Unread post26 Nov 2008, 02:00

The whole deal is just a total bummer. :cry:
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