F-16 crashes on the Utah Training Range

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Unread post23 Jun 2009, 18:54

Anyone have additionial news regarding the <a href="news_article3560.html">crash in Utah</a>? Did they recover the pilot? Got a tail number or even which squadron the jet was from?
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Unread post23 Jun 2009, 21:17

Please, let's have some constraint and show respect for the down pilot and his/her family and wait for official publication. I know everyone here is praying for the pilots safe recovery and no one means any disrespect. Let's not fall prey to speculation. All this information will come in due time from official sources.
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Unread post23 Jun 2009, 21:28

squirrel wrote:Please, let's have some constraint and show respect for the down pilot and his/her family and wait for official publication. I know everyone here is praying for the pilots safe recovery and no one means any disrespect. Let's not fall prey to speculation. All this information will come in due time from official sources.


There's been no speculation for anyone to fall prey to. Constraint and respect have been shown. There has been no asking of the circumstances surrounding it or suppositions about the cause. The only thing that has been done is to ask if anyone knows the status of the pilot so we can either breathe a collective sigh of relief or express our sympathies and respects, and to try and find out which aircraft is involved.
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Unread post23 Jun 2009, 22:13

UPI.com wrote:Pilot killed after F-16 crashes

SALT LAKE CITY, June 23 (UPI) -- The family of an U.S. Air Force pilot whose F-16 went down over Utah said Tuesday he is dead, ABC affiliates reported.

The Salt Lake Tribune said ABC 4 in Utah and ABC 13 in North Carolina spoke to the family of Capt. George Bryan Houghton, 28, of Candler, N.C., and they confirmed the death. Officials at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah declined comment but a news conference was scheduled later Tuesday.

The Air Force pilot was first reported missing Tuesday in the crash of his F-16 fighter during a night training mission in Utah's West Desert.

The Tribune said search crews from Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah had been looking for the pilot after the Monday night crash.

An Air Force statement said the F-16 "was on a routine training mission and is assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB." The cause of the crash was unknown and was to be investigated by military officials.

The statement from Hill AFB said the 388th Range Squadron runs the training area to give pilots "a realistic training environment."

The base's Web site describes the range as "the largest overland safety footprint available in the Department of Defense for air crew and weapons testing," the Tribune reported.

The (Salt Lake City) Deseret News said the terrain of the range resembles Afghanistan and pilots can train by strafing targets.


source: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/23/ ... 245781187/


abc4.com wrote:
F-16 crash pilot confirmed dead

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The pilot involved in an F-16 crash late Monday night has been confirmed dead.

Wife of 28-year-old Air Force Captain George Bryan Houghton learned of his passing early Tuesday morning. Houghton was on a routine training mission before being deployed to Afghanistan for the first time.

The cause of the crash is still unknown. A representative from Hill Airforce Base says the F-16 was destroyed on impact.

The crash site is about 35 miles south of Wendover near the Utah-Nevada state line.


source: http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top%20 ... rzm7w.cspx
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Unread post23 Jun 2009, 23:51

Bodizzle wrote:
squirrel wrote:Please, let's have some constraint and show respect for the down pilot and his/her family and wait for official publication. I know everyone here is praying for the pilots safe recovery and no one means any disrespect. Let's not fall prey to speculation. All this information will come in due time from official sources.


There's been no speculation for anyone to fall prey to. Constraint and respect have been shown. There has been no asking of the circumstances surrounding it or suppositions about the cause. The only thing that has been done is to ask if anyone knows the status of the pilot so we can either breathe a collective sigh of relief or express our sympathies and respects, and to try and find out which aircraft is involved.


My comment was meant to be a preemptive request to avoid posting unofficial reports and speculation. I was not implying any disrespect had been shown or speculation posted.

My prayers go out to the pilot and his family and friends.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 00:37

My prayers go out to all of Captain Houghton's family, friends, and colleagues.

Rest in peace, Sir.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 00:43

My Prayers to the pilot, his family, friends.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 01:19

God bless the Houghton family.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 02:23

Rest in Peace, May God Bless You and Your family Sir.

God Speed - Your Air Force is Sadden by your departure....Blue Sky's Sir, Blue Skies...
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 04:28

God bless & God speed.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 04:28

(Pilot's photos. R.I.P.)

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7053 ... range.html

"Pilot killed in F-16 crash at Utah training range"

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:31 p.m. MDT
By Joseph M. Dougherty
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 04:52

Very sad news...Rest in peace.

Apparently CNN isn't too concerned, they still haven't updated their news story saying the search is still on.
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 08:28

here is another link.. My heart goes out to the pilot, and family.. RIP..


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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 11:19

My sympathies to the Houghton family. God Bless
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Unread post24 Jun 2009, 22:33

May he rest in peace, and God be with his family.
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