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Old 02-20-2021, 05:41 AM
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Unhappy 2 dead after US Air Force jet crashes in Alabama

2 dead after US Air Force jet crashes in Alabama
By: David Choi by Business Inside & Reuters News - 02-20-21

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A T-38C Talon used primarily by Air Education and Training Command for undergraduate pilot and pilot instructor training. USAF/Steve White

* A Japanese officer and a US Air Force pilot were killed in a crash in Alabama.

* The Japanese officer was learning the US Air Force curriculum to become a fighter pilot.

A Japanese air force officer and a US Air Force instructor pilot were killed in a crash in Alabama, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force said on Saturday.

The Japanese second lieutenant and the US instructor crashed around 8 a.m. Japan time on Saturday as their T-38 was about to land at the Montgomery airport, the Japanese force said in a statement.

The lieutenant was learning maneuvering and other US Air Force curriculum skills to become a fighter pilot, said Japanese public broadcaster NHK, citing defense ministry sources. US Air Force pilots routinely help train allied pilots in the T-38.

The statement, which did not name the two service members, said the accident is under investigation.

Over 72,000 US Air Force pilots have flown in the T-38 since its inception in the 1960s. It is primarily used to train new pilots, according to its manufacturer, Northrop Grumman. More than 500 T-38s are still in operation with the US Air Force and NASA.

The aircraft, which has faced criticism for being unsafe and outdated, is scheduled to be replaced with the Boeing T-7 Red Hawk starting in 2023.

On Thursday, a separate US Air Force T-38 from Beale Air Force Base in California had trouble with its landing gear while landing, according to No injuries were reported at the time.

Yuka Obayashi contributed reporting from Reuters.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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