ATAC Hawker Hunter Mk58 Aircraft Goes Off Runway at Williamsburg International Airport

A Hawker Hunter Mk58 aircraft, operated by the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), went off the runway after its main gear collapsed during landing at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia on Oct. 21.

The pilot escaped the incident without any injuries and the incident is currently under investigation. The former Swiss Air Force aircraft is used by ATAC, a private aggressor company and part of Textron, for military training.

ATAC is one of seven companies that recently received a contract to provide contracted air services under the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted Air Support (CAS) program.

On Dec. 12 last year, an ATAC Hawker Hunter aggressor aircraft crashed off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii taking off from Honolulu airport for participating in a military exercise. The pilot of the aircraft, a civilian contractor, ejected safely and was rescued by a private sailboat.

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