CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2004 |
The Marine Corps on Saturday identified the fourth Marine killed in Thursday night's helicopter crash as Staff Sgt. Lori Anne Privette, 27, of Zebulon, N.C. Like the other three Marines killed, Privette served in Iraq and was training for a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf region with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Privette was a helicopter crew chief. Also killed were Capt. Adam E. Miller, 29, of Midlothian, Ill.; Lt. Michael S. Lawlor, 26, of Timonium, Md.; and Cpl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2009 |
A veteran test pilot was killed Wednesday when an F-22 Raptor, an Air Force fighter plane designed to provide "air dominance" with its missiles and cannons, crashed in the high desert outside Edwards Air Force Base. The pilot was identified as David Cooley, 49, a 21-year Air Force veteran who joined Lockheed Martin Corp., the plane's principal contractor, in 2003. Cooley, of Palmdale, was pronounced dead at Victor Valley Community Hospital in Victorville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2002 |
A mortar round exploded prematurely during a training exercise Friday at Ft. Irwin, killing three soldiers and wounding a fourth in the latest live-fire accident to hit the U.S. military. The soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., were killed by the 120-millimeter round shortly before 2:30 a.m., said Maj. Rob Ali, a spokesman for the base, set 120 miles east of Los Angeles near Barstow. The wounded soldier was not seriously hurt. The names of the dead were withheld pending notification of relatives.
February 12, 2004 |
Despite assertions by the Marine Corps that its crash-plagued AV-8B Harrier attack jet is safe, House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) said Wednesday that he would create a task force to investigate a spate of recent accidents. Hunter made his remarks at a committee hearing on escalating military aviation accidents. Even though five Harriers crashed last year, Brig. Gen. Samuel T.
October 24, 2004 |
Military officials are investigating why a jet fighter accidentally dropped a 25-pound practice bomb on a hiking trail a mile from its intended target in southeastern Pennsylvania. No one was injured when the grapefruit-sized bomb fell on the trail Oct. 13 during a training mission for a pair of A-10 Thunderbolts.
July 16, 2005 |
For the second time in a month and the 152nd time in 34 years of flight, a Marine Corps Harrier attack jet has crashed during a noncombat mission, this time in heavily forested eastern North Carolina. As in each of the 11 most recent crashes, the pilot in the doomed plane ejected Thursday evening without suffering significant injuries. He landed in a wooded area near the southern end of Pamlico Sound, not far from the plane's base in Cherry Point, N.C., said Lt.
May 12, 1996 |
Navy Lt. Jim Nolan can recall his first bad encounter with the F-14 Tomcat jet fighter as though it happened yesterday. It was 1992, and Nolan was flying the supersonic plane over the Virginia seacoast. Suddenly an engine caught fire. Within seconds, the flames burned through the plane's flight controls, leaving the aircraft unflyable and forcing Nolan into a risky bailout over the water. Rescued later by fishermen, he questioned whether he should continue flying at all.
December 17, 2002 |
Through the viewfinder of his mother's video camera, Jeffrey Smith looked the picture of Marine Corps confidence in the moments before takeoff on June 29, 1992. Fit and trim in his olive flight suit and aviator shades, the 29-year-old pilot flashed a Tom Cruise smile as he made his final preflight checks. He walked around the wings of his AV-8B Harrier, inspected the flaps and climbed nearly all the way into the huge conical intakes, surveying the fan blades for any hint of damage.
December 15, 2002 |
Though many had died flying the Harrier, Marine Corps pilot Peter E. Yount never thought it would let him down. He knew the attack jet well and was devoted to it. In the entire U.S. arsenal, only the compact, muscular-looking Harrier could lift straight up off a runway, hover like a hummingbird, then blast off in search of targets. "Difficult but honest" is how Yount described it. But on a clear spring day in 1998, the Harrier would betray him.
January 4, 2004 |
Writing to his mother from Iraq in early May, Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith said he planned to be home in Anderson, Ind., to celebrate his 21st birthday later that month. He never made it. It wasn't an enemy sniper or rocket-propelled grenade that ended the young Marine reservist's life.