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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:22 pm 
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A USN Blue Angel pilot died today while practicing for an air show. I have a soft spot for this stunt team. (Go Navy!) First fatality since 2007.

And an AF Thunderbird crashed after a flyover of the AF Academy commencement. But that pilot safely ejected.

Bad day for the stunt flyers.

Edit: Navy Times is reporting it was Blue Angel 6, opposing solo. If Wiki has the current team names right, the pilot is a USMC Captain.

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Amazingly, the crashed F-16 from the Thunderbirds landed intact after the pilot ejected.

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Diamondeye wrote:
Amazingly, the crashed F-16 from the Thunderbirds landed intact after the pilot ejected.


That pilot will be drinking on that story for years.

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The Blue Angel pilot's death was confirmed:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.2659148

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Serienya wrote:
Diamondeye wrote:
Amazingly, the crashed F-16 from the Thunderbirds landed intact after the pilot ejected.


That pilot will be drinking on that story for years.


All I can think, for some reason is "I wonder if the engine was still running?"

Also at Fort Hood (due to flooding):

5 dead from a flood related rollover.

They showed the exact spot on the news last night on East Range Road and I remember it from when I was there. Low-water crossings are unbelievably treacherous and with flooding this bad I would really like to know why everyone wasn't ordered in from the training areas.

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Evidently the soldiers killed were part of 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment.

That was my battalion when I was at Fort hood. :shock: :( :cry:

At the time I was there it was part of the 4th Infantry Division and it went to Ft. Carson with 4th ID when they moved up there, so at first I thought it was a mistake. Evidently 3-16 FA was inactivated at Ft. Carson in December 2014 and re-activated shortly thereafter at Ft. hood under 1st Cavalry Division.

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Yeah, I was really sad to hear that. I think it's up to 9 dead now. Such a shame.

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They also had to "evacuate" 11 Green Berets when 2 got altitude sickness in a training exercise:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/helicopter-res ... d=39595161

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