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Lakenheath F-15 down, North Sea

Old 15th Jun 2020, 17:39
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Originally Posted by 70 Mustang View Post
Wasn’t there one a few years back that lost almost the entire wing on one side and it was controllable?
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https://theaviationist.com/2014/09/1...with-one-wing/
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:25
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Just announced, pilot located, RIP.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:26
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Condolences to all those affected. RIP
Posted at 18:2418:24The pilot of the F-15C Eagle which crashed in the North Sea has been located, "and confirmed deceased", a spokesperson for RAF Lakenheath has confirmed;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-e...ffolk-53051437

Full Statement From The US Air Force

"The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased," said a spokesperson.

"The name of the pilot will not be released until all next of kin notifications have been made.

"This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot’s family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron."
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:32
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Oh no.

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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:38
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RIP.

Eight hours in the North Sea was not suggesting a good outcome.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:45
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 18:45
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A horrible outcome.

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Old 15th Jun 2020, 19:00
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Truly sad news. Thoughts are with the pilot's family, friends and colleagues.

For a brief moment today I really thought this would have a better outcome.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 19:24
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So hold your goblet steady,
for we come from a brotherhood that flies,
here's a toast to the dead already,
and a low fast pass for the next man that dies
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adopted from an old Brit missal and used by my treasured combat flight from so long ago.
Threw my nickel on the grass just now and hope to meet the fellow at that great pub in the sky.
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years ago, when still flying, we lost a Hawg driver out in that cold water as well as the pararescue guy. Doesn't take all that long unless you are wearing a poopie suit and get the neck closed up real quick.

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Old 15th Jun 2020, 20:45
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What ever happened today and before the wash up and reports etc start rolling in. Sadly one of us was lost doing what they loved to do..........RIP pilot whoever you were
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 20:52
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Terribly sad. Scant comfort for the family but at the very least they can lay him/her to rest and get some closure. To go missing at sea, never to be found must be the worst possible outcome.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 21:02
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Really sad to hear the news today. I have worked with these guys and they are truly professional and great guys, Please don't speculate just think of the relatives and the Squadron aircrew and the grief they are going through in this tragic accident.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 21:15
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Blue skies, Sir/Ma'am. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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Old 15th Jun 2020, 21:18
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Sad to know this has happen.

We were on our way back to ABZ from SCS and was number 2 in the queue. KLM was number 1 to land and reported elt was heard over 121.5 radio, roughly around 0845z. We couldn't hear anything on our radio and couldn't figure it out what it was. Then BBC news broadcast it.
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Old 15th Jun 2020, 22:19
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At least they found the pilot. Far worse for the relatives if that was not possible, so credit to the rescue services.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 00:37
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At least they found the pilot. Far worse for the relatives if that was not possible, so credit to the rescue services.
Indeed. I attended the memorial service at Marham for the four crew of the Victor tanker which was lost over the North Sea after a mid air collision with a Buccaneer in 1976, and who were never found. I really felt for the families who were there - it felt even worse than had it been a funeral with the guys being laid to rest. Unfinished business, in some sort of way.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 10:02
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Very sad indeed.
Developing the point made by Gums earlier, would events not suggest that the pilot had not ejected? Even if he had been incapacitated by the ejection, his beacon would have brought SAR straight to him. Even allowing for the poor Viz, I would not have expected the search for an ejectee to have taken so long .
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 10:02
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I was watching this terrible day unfurl via AIS and with something like a dozen ships searching I really thought that it would turn out good. RIP and blue skies.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 10:33
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Originally Posted by falcon900 View Post
Very sad indeed.
Developing the point made by Gums earlier, would events not suggest that the pilot had not ejected? Even if he had been incapacitated by the ejection, his beacon would have brought SAR straight to him. Even allowing for the poor Viz, I would not have expected the search for an ejectee to have taken so long .
Very sad news indeed. BlueSkies..
Do we know for sure that he did actually eject? I think everything possible was done to locate him asap, but unfortunately took a lot longer than I had hoped!
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 10:49
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Pilot named

https://www.cityam.com/pilot-killed-...kenneth-allen/
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