F-16 Fighting Falcon News

F-15 and F-16 midair collision

June 12, 2007 (by Jon Somerville) - An F-15C Eagle from Langley AFB, Virginia while on deployment to Eielson AFB collided in midair at 11.23h with an F-16C also on deployment from Nellis AFB, Nevada.

64th AS F-16, sits in pre-contact position waiting to receive fuel from a KC-10 over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex on April 18. 2007. (USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder)

The pilot of the F-15 managed to eject safely while the F-16 was more fortunate and made a successful emergency landing.

The F-15 was from the 71st Fighter Squadron while the F-16 which was from the 64th Aggressor Squadron. Both aircraft were over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex about ninety miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska. Local Alaska Air National Guard rescued the Eagle driver who ejected over land and was quickly taken to a local hospital.

A board of officers has been dispatched and will investigate the mishap.

Additional images:

USAF F-16C block 42 #89-2053 from the 64th AS taxis in front of the Thunderdome during Red Flag-Alaska 07-2 on June 4th, 2007. [USAF photo by A1C. Jonathan Snyder]

Tail detail of USAF F-16C block 32 #86-0272, which is the 64 AS flagship, seen here on display during the 64th Aggressor Squadron re-activation. [Photo by Jose "O.T." Ontiveros]

64th AS - Red Flag Alaska deployment patch [Jon Somerville Collection]