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F-5N Pilot Released from Hospital, Crash Investigation Continues

An F-5N Tiger II assigned to the Sun Downers of Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 111 launches from Boca Chica Field in 2014. US Navy Phoro

The pilot of an F-5N Tiger II that crashed into the Atlantic off the Florida coast has been released from the hospital with no apparent injuries, according to a statement released Friday by the Navy.

The pilot’s identity is not being released while the incident is under investigation.

The pilot went down Wednesday at about 12:28 p.m. EST, during a training operation roughly 20 nautical miles off the Florida coast south east of Key West. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry assisted in the search and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew ultimately rescued the pilot.

Only parts of the aircraft have been recovered. The remaining wreckage has sunk to the ocean floor, approximately 3,000 feet deep, according to a statement released by the Navy. Along with the depth complicating a possible recovery effort, undersea currents have likely spread the wreckage in unknown directions, a Navy spokesman said. Currently, the Navy does not plan to recover the rest of the aircraft.

The pilot is attached to Fighter Composite Squadron (VCF) 111, the “Sun Downers,” based at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. The Sun Downers operate as part of the Navy Reserve’s fleet adversary program, providing air combat training to fleet strike fighter and Marine Corps fighter attack squadrons, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard fighter squadrons.

 

  • Secundius

    I suspect it’s going to be blamed on “Pilots Error”!/? My money is on the Maintenance Logs?/! There has to be a “Finite” availability on F-5 Parts coming from the “Boneyard’s”!/? My fear in the Substitution of “Commercial Aviation Parts”, which on the Surface have Similar Charcteristics as Mil-Std. Parts. But are made of Different Alloys and Differing Stress Tolerances…

    • El Kabong

      LMAO!

      What EXACTLY would those “commercial parts” be?

      • Secundius

        Why don’t you try looking it us, “Fountain of All Knowledge”…

        • El Kabong

          Answer the question.

          • Secundius

            The Shah of Iran ordered 79 Grumman F-14A Tomcats!/? Only ~10 are STILL Operational!/? ~16 were Shot Down during the Iran/Iraq War!/? That meant Cannibalizing ~53 F-14A’s, just to keep ~10 F-14A’s Operational!/? This coming from a Country SEEKING to make an Atomic Bomb, and YET “Totally” INEPT in Reverse-Engineering a 43-year old Plane Design!/? They have to be Supplementing their Part Supply form Somewhere?/! That Leaves ONLY the Commercial Aviation Sector in Part Suppliers…

          • El Kabong

            Answer the question…

          • Secundius

            The F-5 was introduced into service in 1962, ~55-years ago!/? There can’t be MANY Parts Suppliers STILL Producing Parts for the Aircraft…

          • El Kabong

            Yeah, NO…

            BIG difference between an F-5A and an F-5E.

            Answer the question. Quit squirming.

            What “commercial parts” are used on F-5E’s?

          • Secundius

            Parts can Superficially Look the Same!/? Differences being the Type of Metals used in Making the Parts. Military Parts use Different Alloys and have Tighter Tolerances than Commercial Aviation Parts!/? 1/10,000th of inch for Military Parts, as compared to 1/1,000th a inch for Commercial Aviation. Commercial Aviation Aircraft’s were NEVER designed to exceed 4g’s in Stress, at most is usually 2.5g’s for the 737. Do a 5g turn in a Commercial Aircraft and you’ll Strip the Threads on the Bolts that Hold the Engine Nacelles to the Wings…

          • El Kabong

            Answer the question. Quit squirming.

            LMAO!

            You’re utterly clueless about aviation.

            So, according to you the parts used on a Concorde are “sloppier” than those used on an A-29 Super Tucano?

            Hilarious!!!!!

            “Commercial Aviation Aircraft’s were NEVER designed to exceed 4g’s in Stress, at most is usually 2.5g’s for the 737. Do a 5g turn in a Commercial Aircraft and you’ll Strip the Threads on the Bolts that Hold the Engine Nacelles to the Wings…”?

            What are B-52’s, E-3’s, KC/RC-135’s stressed to handle?

            Keep digging!

          • Secundius

            I don’t recall the Concorde EVER being used as a Fighter Plane on Steroids. the B-52, E-3, KC/RC-135 were built to Military Standards, NOT Civilian Standards…

          • El Kabong

            LOL!

            Keep digging…

            What EXACTLY are their G limits?

            BTW, answer the question…

  • El Kabong

    Don’t go away mad, just go away SCHOOLED.

    LOL!

    Answer the question, boy.