17 July 2001
Edwards F-16B crashes
The Edwards F-16B jet fighter aircraft which crashed this morning at about 7 a.m. was performing photo and safety chase support for another F-16 test aircraft.
The two jets took off from Edwards at approximately 6 a.m. to allow the test aircraft to perform a test of the Miniature Air-Launch Decoy, an air-launched missile that functions as a radar decoy, while the support aircraft provided photo and safety chase. Support aircraft routinely accompany test aircraft to obtain aerial photographic record of the mission and to visually monitor the mission?s safety in flight....