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July 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An F-15 fighter jet crashed during training over the Nevada desert, killing one pilot and injuring another. The two-seater F-15D Eagle went down in the vast Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas, according to a statement released by Nellis Air Force Base officials. The second pilot was in stable condition at the base hospital. Both pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, which simulates enemy forces in air combat training exercises.
October 26, 1997 | Reuters
A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean just off Japan's coast Friday, but the pilot parachuted safely into the water and was rescued by fishermen, the Pentagon said. The crash was the latest in a recent series of U.S. military air accidents, including the mid-air collision of two fighter jets at Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday. That mishap killed two crewmen.
July 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. F-16 fighter jet heading for a patrol over northern Iraq crashed in Turkey apparently due to engine problems. It was the first U.S. warplane to go down in more than 200,000 flights over the "no-fly" zones. The pilot, Lt. Michael A. Nelson Jr., parachuted from the plane safely and was in good health at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, said Maj. Scott Vadnais, spokesman for the allied patrols over northern Iraq.
September 13, 1988 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO and JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writers
A Navy F-14A fighter jet, abandoned by its crew over downtown El Cajon, crashed upside-down into two hangars at a civilian airfield here Monday morning, seriously injuring three people on the ground and reducing a number of small airplanes and cars to scorched rubble. The pilots were attempting to return to their home base at Miramar Naval Air Station after developing mechanical trouble while over the Pacific on a routine training run, said Lt. David Wray, a Navy spokesman.
March 7, 2007 | Maeve Reston and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
Federal agents seized four F-14 Tomcat fighters in San Bernardino County on Tuesday -- three from airplane museums -- after investigators determined that the jets were not demilitarized and were improperly sold or transferred to private companies, including the producer of the TV show "JAG," authorities said.
January 29, 1995 | Associated Press
A Navy FA-18 fighter jet crashed off the coast Saturday night during a routine training flight, authorities said. A search for the pilot, whose name was not released, began immediately. The single-seat fighter, known as a Hornet, crashed shortly before 7:45 p.m. somewhere off the coast, said Lt. Cmdr. John Brindley, a Navy spokesman at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore. He said he did not know the location of the crash site. The jet was part of Strike Fighter Squadron 22, based at Lemoore.
May 12, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
In response to growing concern about problems with its F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the Air Force revealed it has slapped on new safety restrictions to protect its pilots. The announcement came as Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Friday requested additional information from the secretary of the Air Force to further determine the scope of safety concerns raised by several pilots of the world's most expensive fighter jet, designed and built byLockheed Martin Corp.
June 14, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Oxygen problems that have plagued the Air Force's fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets may be worse than previously disclosed, according to new information released by two members of Congress. F-22 pilots have reported dozens of incidents in which the jet's systems weren't feeding them enough oxygen, causing hypoxia-like symptoms in the air. Hypoxia is a condition resulting from a deficiency of oxygen reaching tissues of the body that can cause nausea, headaches, fatigue or even blackouts.
March 20, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The Air Force will modify the handle that engages the emergency oxygen system in its entire fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter jets after a report found that it played a role in a crash that killed one of its top aviators. The changes come as Anna Haney, the pilot's widow, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit againstLockheed Martin Corp.and subcontractors that designed and built the nation's most expensive fighter jet. Capt. Jeff Haney, 31, died when his F-22 crashed in the Alaskan wilderness in November 2010.
May 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that have plagued the fleet for four years. At the risk of significant reprimand - or even discharge from the Air Force - fighter pilots are turning down the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of the F-22, the world's most expensive fighter jet. The Air Force did not reveal how many of its 200 F-22 pilots, who are stationed at seven military bases across the country, declined their assignment orders.
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