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    F-18 se estrella en un bloque de apartamentos en Virginia Beach.

    Navy F/A-18 crashes in Virginia Beach - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times
    An F/A-18 has crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, according to news reports.

    A two-seat Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 crashed near Birdneck Road, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

    The squadron is a training squadron for student pilots, according to reports.

    Crash witnesses say the plane slammed into an apartment building.

    No further information was immediately available.

    Navy Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Beach Apartment Complex | NYCAviation
    A US Navy F/A-18 fighter jet crashed in a residential area of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Friday afternoon. Both pilots were reported to have ejected.

    A rescue effort was launched in an apartment complex hit by the plane. About an hour after the crash, one person on the ground was reported injured, and one of the ejected pilots was taken to a hospital.

    Smoke from the crash was seen rising beside an apartment building. Wreckage of the jet was photographed between two homes.

    The plane belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 out of Naval Air Station Oceana, a few miles from the crash site.

    Witness Bucky Snow told WAVY news that he saw sparks flickering out of the low flying plane before it went down.
    Esperemos que no vaya a más y que los pilotos y residentes hayan salido ilesos.

    El VFA-106, también conocido como STRKFITRON 106 o ''The Gladiators'' es un Fleet Replacement Squadron, los cuales se dedican a la conversión y habilitación operativa de los pilotos.
    As the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, the Gladiators’ mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Replacement Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) to support fleet commitments. Every 6 weeks, a class of between 8-12 newly-winged Navy and Marine Corps pilots and Naval Flight Officers begins the 9 month training course in which they learn the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, culminating in day/night carrier qualification and subsequent assignment to fleet Hornet squadrons.

    The West Coast counterparts to VFA-106 are VFA-125 and VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore, California and VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar, California. VFA-106 is also responsible for transitioning experienced naval aviators from other aircraft, such as the F-14 Tomcat and S-3 Viking, to the Hornet and Super Hornet. Aircrew returning from non-flying assignments undergo refresher training at VFA-106 prior to returning to the fleet. Additionally, VFA-106 (with the help from the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit: CNATTU) trains maintenance personnel and provides replacement aircraft to fleet units.
    F/A-18F Super Hornet of VFA-106

    There are approximately 1200 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, as well as foreign instructors and students (from countries such as England, Switzerland, and Germany) assigned to VFA-106. VFA-106 typically has 90+ F/A-18s of various models assigned. There is a permanent VFA-106 Detachment in Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, where the squadron often deploys for fighter training. The squadron often detaches 12 aircraft to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada and Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, as well as various aircraft carriers for carrier qualifications (CQ).
    The squadron’s insignia was approved by Chief of Naval Operations on 26 May 1982, and was similar to one used by VA-106 from April 1952 until disestablishment on 7 November 1969.
    The VFA-106 Gladiators are also well known for the airshow TAC DEMO Team. The team flies the F/A-18F and F/A-18C to show sites in the eastern United States. Instructors of the squadron fly the aircraft, and serve on a year schedule. The team demonstrates maneuvers used in training and combat flights. Once again, VFA-122 takes the western part of the United States for demonstrations.
    VFA-106 was activated at NAS Cecil Field, Florida on April 27, 1984, flying the A and B models of the F/A-18 Hornet. The first Replacement Pilot Class began training on the F/A-18 Hornet on 7 Oct 1985. In Oct and Dec 1987, respectively, VFA-106 received its first C and D models of the Hornet. In the summer of 1999, as a result of the BRAC-mandated closure of NAS Cecil Field, VFA-106 moved to NAS Oceana, Virginia. In 2004, VFA-106 received its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
    On April 6, 2012, a VFA-106 F/A-18 crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    Poco más que decir, a parte de que su HQ es la NAS Oceana y que su comandante es el CDR Scott L. Knap
    CDR Scott L. Knapp
    Commanding Officer

    CDR Knapp was born in Washington, D. C. He attended Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing and Management and received his commission via the NROTC program upon graduation in 1990.

    He completed flight school and received his wings in Meridian, MS in June of 1992. After six months at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, he completed the Basic Spanish Course and reported to NAS Oceana and the "Grim Reapers" of VF-101 for training as an F-14 pilot. CDR Knapp completed operational tours as a fighter pilot with the "Tophatters" of VF-14, as a department head in the VF-11 "Red Rippers" and as Executive and Commanding Officer of the VFA-34 "Blue Blasters." His deployments have included support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH, DENY FLIGHT, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

    Following his first fleet tour, CDR Knapp completed the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course at the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, Nevada. He then served in the "Vampires" of VX-9 Det Point Mugu, CA as an Operational Test Director for multiple F-14 programs and the head of tactics development. Following his department head tour, he was on staff at the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, HI. While there he served as the primary action officer for Northeast Asia War Plans Exercises.

    Post command he attended the Senior Course at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. After graduation, he attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and upon completion was designated a Joint Qualified Officer. His most recent tour was as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

    Commander Knapp's personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals, two Naval Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals and various unit and campaign awards.

    Commander Knapp lives in Virginia Beach with his beautiful wife Andrea and their son Murphy.
    Y el segundo es el Teniente Coronel (LTCOL) de Marines Rhett B. Lawing:
    Originally from Brighton, Michigan, LtCol Lawing was born on 01 March 1968. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in engineering and comissioned a Second Lieutenant via OCC in August 1991. Second Lieutenant Lawing reported immediately to Quantico, Virginia for initial officer training at The Basic School. In April 1991 he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Indoctrination, completed Primary in Corpus Cristi, Texas, and was a member of the first class of Naval Aviators to receive their wings flying the T-45A Goshawk in October 1994. He reported to VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore, California for transition training to the F/A-18.

    In November 1995, First Lieutenant Lawing reported to Marine Aircraft Group-31, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina and was assinged to VFMA (AW)-533. He deployed to Aviano, Italy and took part in OPERATION DELIBERATE FORCE in 1996-1997 and completed a deployment to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program. He also deployed for combat operations with VMFA (AW)-533 to Taszar, Hungary as part of Joint Task Force Nobel Anvil for NATO OPERATION ALLIED FORCE. During this tour, Captain Lawing served as the Ground Training Officer, Schedules Officer, Asst. Operations Officer, Embarkation Officer, and S-4 Officer.

    In October 1994, Captain Lawing reported to VMFAT-101, MCAS Miramar, California and instructed in all phases of ground and flight training in the F/A-18. He served as the Adjutant/Assistant Admin. Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and F/A-18D Phase Head. He was recognized as Instructor of the Quarter during 2000, and promoted to Major in May 2001.

    Major Lawing detached from VMFAT-101 in July 2002 and again reported to MAG-31 and VMFA (AW)-533 in September 2002. In February 2003, he deployed with the squadron to Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base for combat operations in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. LtCol Lawing transferred to VFMA-115 in November 2003 and served as the Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer during workups and combat deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with Carrier Air Wing Three, aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

    Major Lawing detached from MAG-31 in July 2004 to attend the Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College receiving his Masters of Military Science and honored as a distinguished graduate. Lieutenant Colonel Lawing was most recently serving on the staff of the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, initially as the Marine Corps' fixed-wing Occupational Field sponsor and manpower analyst responsible for the long-term manpower planning and/or initial standup of the F-35B, F-18, AV-8B, C-130 and Shadow UAS programs. He departed serving as the Department of Aviation's Strategic Manpower Analyst, overseeing the long-term and traditional manpower planning for the JSF, MV-22 and H-1 programs; and the Department of Aviation's manpower representative for the Naval Aviation Enterprise and CNATRA.

    LtCol Lawing reported aboard VFA-106 in July, 2009, assuming the duties as Executive Officer in November, 2009.

    He has logged over 2600 total mishap-free flight hours with more than 2300 hours in the F/A-18A-F. His qualifications include: Carrier Air Wing Mission Command, USMC Mission Commander, Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor, Tactical Air Coordinator (Airborne) Instructor, Air Combat Tactics Instructor, and Night Systems Instructor (Low and High). His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight Award with numeral "6", Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and three gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with on gold star, and multiple Unit Awards and Expeditionary Medals.

    He is married to the former Stephanie Bartolomeo of Oyster Bay Cove, New York. They have a daughter, Bridgiette (7) and two sons Rhys (6) and Colin (3).
    Última edición por guest; 06/04/2012 a las 18:38

  2. #2
    Investigador en nómina.
    26 ene, 09

  3. #3
    Uno de los asientos ha caído en el jardín trasero de una familia que lo ha publicado en Twitter:

  4. #4
    Últimas informaciones confirman que los dos pilotos están siendo reconocidos en el hospital, pero que ambos se encuentran bien, así como el herido en tierra, y que no se han registrado víctimas mortales.

  5. #5
    04 mar, 11
    Fijaros en la foto que se ve al avión Churrumuscado. Mirad las toberas de escape, una abierta en modo de maximo empuje y otra cerrada. Esperemos al informe.

    Lo importante es que no hay víctimas.

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  6. #6
    Aquí tenéis un mapa de la colisión, por el Twitter se comienza a mencionar una pérdida de potencia en final:

  7. #7
    Cita Iniciado por ed153 Ver Mensaje
    Fijaros en la foto que se ve al avión Churrumuscado. Mirad las toberas de escape, una abierta en modo de maximo empuje y otra cerrada. Esperemos al informe.

    Lo importante es que no hay víctimas.

    Exacto, eso es lo que hace pensar en una pérdida de potencia en final.

  8. #8
    Buf, pues si se han eyectado y el aparato ha caído en zona poblada, les va a caer una investigación de cojones y un probable paquete.

  9. #9
    Cita Iniciado por Flatline Ver Mensaje
    Buf, pues si se han eyectado y el aparato ha caído en zona poblada, les va a caer una investigación de cojones y un probable paquete.
    No tiene porque ser así, si han eyectado es porque no había otra salida, y si la pérdida de potencia fue en final, no había mucho más que hacer, y si te fijas con el Google Earth en la zona no tenían donde desviar el avión que no hubiera población... al menos, no hay por que perder dos pilotos por el romanticismo de quedarse hasta el final, creo yo.

  10. #10
    Top Gun.
    15 ago, 09
    Cita Iniciado por alejandrocabrera Ver Mensaje
    Uno de los asientos ha caído en el jardín trasero de una familia que lo ha publicado en Twitter:
    Esto cae en mi casa y ya no lo recuperan.
    Somos guardacostas... Nadie nos aprecia hasta que nos necesita " The guardian "
    ¡Dadme un VOR, un Radial, un DME y una Carta y volaré zero-zero hasta el mismísimo infierno!



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