Marine Corps F-18 crashes in California, killing pilot

A Marine Corps F/A-18C warplane crashed in the California desert and the pilot was killed, the service said Friday. The jet went down around 10:30 p.m. Thursday during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, according to a statement from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the aircraft’s San Diego-area base. The sprawling Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located at Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles. The pilot from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was not identified. The cause of the crash was under investigation. The nature of the training mission was not specified. The F/A-18C is a twin-engine fighter-attack aircraft capable of multiple types of missions.

Very sad news..

Pilot killed after US Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee

The pilot of a US Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet was killed Thursday after the aircraft crashed in central Tennessee, a Navy official confirmed to Fox News. The crash involving the jet happened after 3 p.m. southeast of Nashville in the town of Smyrna, a Rutherford County dispatcher told Fox 17. La Vergne, Tenn. Fire Chief Rick McCormick told Fox News that the jet crashed off airport property just after takeoff. He added that the jet did not crash into buildings off the runway. Commander Jeannie Grenaveld, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Forces, told Fox News the crash happened during a practice flight for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna. The Blue Angels are performing June 4 and 5 at the airport. Becca Cullision-Burgess told Fox 17 she was in her shop “My Southern Charm” when she saw the crash. “I’ve never seen such a big ball of orange fire before,” she said. The Blue Angels flew over downtown Nashville earlier in the day. Earlier Thursday, an Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs, Colo. just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Obama had spoken. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal Kloeffler-Howard said the pilot safely ejected from the jet.

Very sad news! To read about the Air Force Thunderbird crash, scroll down about 3 articles..

Two Guys Were Exploring Death Valley When They Get Buzzed by a Pair of F-18s

Two friends on a road trip in California were caught off guard when two military jets recently roared through Death Valley as the duo explored.

Very cool! This video was sent to me by my older brother, a former Navy F-18 pilot himself. He said, “New video of what I used to do. Most often I’d go the other direction, sneaking up that canyon and then scaring the folks on the overlook!” Excellent! Thanks for sharing bro! 🙂

Two Navy F/A-18 Hornets crash over western Pacific Ocean

Navy officials have rescued one pilot and are searching for another after two F/A-18 Hornets crashed in the western Pacific Ocean.

I received a text alert on my iPhone this morning regarding this. As my older bro used to fly F-18s, such stories tend to catch my attention. Hope they find that second pilot. This story is developing…