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    1 Pilot Dies in Collision of Jet Fighters in Central California
    The other pilot is injured in the crash that occurred during a Navy training exercise

    Los Angeles Times
    Authors: Maria La Ganga and Tony Perry
    06/27/2006

    FT. HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- Two Navy jet fighters on a training mission collided Monday over this military base 150 miles south of San Francisco, killing one pilot and injuring the other.

    The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. over a remote portion of the sprawling base, said Cmdr. Jack Hanzlik, a Naval Air Forces spokesman. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

    Both pilots parachuted from their stricken F/A-18C Hornets. Flaming wreckage started two fires that spanned 500 acres in the base's tinder-dry brush.

    Crews from the base fire department, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had brought both blazes under control by late afternoon, a base spokesman said.

    Navy officials described the pilots' "air-to-air intercept training" mission as routine.

    Both were based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in the Central Valley and were members of Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 125, a unit that trains Navy and Marine pilots in preparation for deploying with aircraft carriers.

    Ft. Hunter Liggett -- a rolling, rugged expanse of 165,000 acres -- is a frequent site for aerial training maneuvers by pilots from Lemoore, 76 miles to the east. It is one of the nation's largest Army Reserve command posts and is used primarily for training purposes.

    Source: The Los Angeles Times
    Angel down...Angel down...

    Rest in peace Pilot !
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    Where is the airbase in the movie Top Gun located?
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    • #3
      Im not sure where it is located. No !

      Why, Do you think its the same military base ?
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      • #4
        I know it was in California, that's all.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cam
          Where is the airbase in the movie Top Gun located?

          The air station where top gun is located and where they filmed the movie with the same title is Miramar NAS, located in San Diego on the southern tip of California.. San Diego is the home of the 3rd Fleet and is one of the major Naval Bases..


          Another bird down... RIP
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cx777
            The air station where top gun is located and where they filmed the movie with the same title is Miramar NAS, located in San Diego on the southern tip of California.. San Diego is the home of the 3rd Fleet and is one of the major Naval Bases..
            I dont even remember the movie now. Its been a while now... Do'h
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            • #7
              dude, tom cruise.. hot shot pilot.. dates instructor.. RIO dies.. becomes the hero..
              -Zeypi / CX777 - Cathay Pacific VA Junior First Officer



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              • #8
                RIP Pilot....
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                  Rip
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                  • #10
                    I heard about this....very sad. RIP
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                    • #11
                      How did 1 die if they both ejected???
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dneedham
                        How did 1 die if they both ejected???
                        He was probably injured before he ejected, or he got hit by debris or maybe the seat didn't work right. I'm sure the investigation will say. Just because you get out of a jet doesn't mean you'll survive.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by eagle334
                          He was probably injured before he ejected, or he got hit by debris or maybe the seat didn't work right. I'm sure the investigation will say. Just because you get out of a jet doesn't mean you'll survive.
                          Or he could've died the same way Goose died in Top Gun..
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cx777
                            Or he could've died the same way Goose died in Top Gun..
                            Physics wise, near impossible.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eagle334
                              Physics wise, near impossible.
                              i wasnt serious.. i know its impossible for someone to hit the canopy when it was ejected a few nanoseconds before the pilot itself ejects.. plus the fact that the aircraft is flying at fast speeds...
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