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September 11, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of the Cold War, when Nike missile sites dotted the Southland, a bright red runaway Navy drone airplane veered off course and headed for Los Angeles, triggering a dangerous sequence of events known as the "Battle of Palmdale." It's not a battle that the military could say it won back on Aug. 16, 1956.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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July 16, 2005 | Kevin Sack and Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writers
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.
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May 12, 1996 | ART PINE and RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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October 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire that broke out during a training exercise on the U.S. Navy ship Inchon killed one sailor and injured seven others, Navy officials said. One sailor remained in serious condition and six others were treated and released after the fire Friday, said Lt. Marc Boyd, spokesman for the Mine Warfare Command in Corpus Christi. The dead sailor was identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronnie Joe Palm Jr. of Houston. Palm, 21, had been in the Navy for two years, officials said.
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February 12, 2004 | Alan C. Miller and Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writers
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.
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January 4, 2004 | Alan C. Miller and Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writers
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
It was only 8 a.m., the day after Memorial Day, but the desert sun was already unforgiving. The heat radiated from the desert floor with a glittery sheen as the anthropologist and the team of soldiers set to work. The men had worked on Memorial Day too. For most Americans, it had been a typical holiday marking an unofficial start to summer vacation or the tail end of a long three-day weekend. But the team's mission captured the essence of the day.
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June 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The pilot of an F-18 fighter jet killed during a training exercise was identified Tuesday as 1st Lt. Brian R. Deforge. The 25-year-old Marine from Plattsburgh, N.Y., and another pilot, whose name has not been released, crashed Monday over Ft. Hunter Liggett, a U.S. Army Reserve base 150 miles south of San Francisco. The other pilot ejected and was briefly hospitalized. Deforge is survived by a wife and two children.
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