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Captain Peter L. Jones

Captain Peter L. Jones

12 January 1983

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Mickey Rigney, Jul 03, 2008 - 07:09 PM

Pete crashed at Nellis Air Force Base while flying with the Fighter Weapons School. May have been the first F-16 pilot fatality (not sure). He was flying air to air against another F-16 (believe the pilot was Barry Johnson) when he got G-LOC and did not recover before impacting the ground at the Nellis Range. His name was put on the F-16 Model at the FWS. Great guy and a great pilot. I was a young Field Service Rep for General Dynamics, assigned to the squadron. We still remember you.

Capt. Peter L. Jones- Father, Husband, Brother
jonesalewis, Aug 05, 2010 - 05:28 AM

Oldest brother of 4 kids. He was a great role model for me, the youngest of the 4. He spent way too much time with me explaining golf, women, cars, and how to get along with others. Went to the Academy in 1968, and didn't see him for almost two years. He bought a '72 'Vette while at the Academy, brought it back home on vacation, and by doing so immediately branded himself in my young mind as the coolest older brother who ever lived.

I often still consider his possible presence when making everyday decisions in life. And hope to hook up again someday. Miss you Delmo.

Capt. Peter L. Jones-Friend,Classmate,Warrior
andy caltagirone, Aug 08, 2010 - 01:39 AM

Pete and I became friends the summer of 1969 after our doolie year at the Academy. We hitchhiked to Kansas City that Labor Day weekend and had some great adventures the next 3 years. After graduation Pete headed to Laredo or Del Rio for UPT. He went to TAC in an OV-10 to fly in Thailand. The rest is history. He was a great guy and fearless aviator. He is missed by his family, friends and classmates. I know he had a heavenly hand in the marriage of his only nephew to my daughter.

Gone, but not forgotten.

I remember Pete
Lt Col Tom Lunney (Ret), Sep 07, 2010 - 12:33 PM

I first met Pete at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, when we were both flying A-7Ds. He took me under his wing and kept me from getting into too much trouble. When I blew an engine in Hawaii he guided me back to NAS Barbers Point for an approach end arrested landing. Being the only two bachelors on the deployment we “had” to stay in Hawaii for two more weeks while the jet got fixed, then just the two of us flew back across the Pacific and back to Myrtle Beach AFB. Got to know him very well. He is still missed.

I also remember Pete
Eddie O, Nov 09, 2010 - 06:57 PM

We were part of the 388th Bomb Competion Team to Scotland, I was the night Production Supervisor. One of the best...

Anonymous, Jun 11, 2011 - 09:51 PM

I launched Capt. Jones out that day in 0600 and not a day goes by that I don't think about him offering me a bite of his snickers before he left. He was a good guy and enjoyed working on F-16s for him to fly!

Petey Bird
Cookie Spirk, Feb 03, 2012 - 04:56 AM

I would like to verify that this is the Pete Jones that Was my sisters boyfriend in Tucson. I have written a song about him & would like to put his info on the credits for my cd & music video. The song is called "Fly Boy" . I would like to contact someone in his family to let them know about the song before I release it ...but not sure how to contact them or verify this is him. I see that his brother posted one of the comments is there a way to find out any of this info? Thanks for your help...Cookie Spirk 425 737-5144. I also need his date of birth & death date

Tommy Hodges, Mar 18, 2012 - 04:11 AM

Pedro was Initial Cadre F-16 FWIC. A wonderful guy who I think of often. Remember all of us bringing in the New Year "downtown Vegas" and 12 days later he is gone. Miss you Pedro!

Role Model
Mark Baker, Dec 21, 2019 - 04:47 PM

I was down the street in the 429th TFS and would invite the "F-16 pro's" from FWS and 422nd to give us some pearls of wisdom during pilot meetings on slow Friday afternoons.. Joe Bob Phillips, Tommy Hodges, Ted Carter, Pete Jones, and others would gladly share all with us "line jocks." I still remember losing it when I heard that Pete had crashed. RIP.

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