Fri, Feb 21, 2003
Sole Airman Recovered OK
An F/A-18 Hornet was lost shortly after takeoff from the USS
Carl Vinson (CVN 70), on maneuvers in the western Pacific
The naval aviator was on a routine training
mission, and ejected some 45 miles from the ship. The officially
unidentified pilot was recovered by helicopter, uninjured.
No explanation of just what went wrong has yet come from the
Navy; we do not know if the Hornet were armed, or what it might
have been carrying; or if it is recoverable.
This particular FA-18 Hornet was assigned to Fighter Attack
Squadron 147, based at California's Naval Air Station Lemoore. The
Carl Vinson is reportedly stationed in the area near North
Korea, to remind that country not to do anything stupid.
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