U.S. Air Force T-38C Talon Jet Trainer Crashes at Laughlin Air Force Base Killing Pilot

A U.S. Air Force T-38C Talon jet trainer has crashed at approximately 7:40 p.m at the Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas killing its pilot.

One pilot is dead, and one was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center, said Laughlin AFB in a statement adding that the names of the pilots are being withheld for next of kin notification.

The statement also added that emergency personnel are on the scene of the crash and a board of officers will convene to investigate the incident.

This is the fifth Talon crash in the past 12 months.

In the last incident, that occurred on Sept. 11 this year, the aircraft crashed after it departed the runway prior to takeoff from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

On Aug. 17, a Talon II from Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma crashed 70 miles west of Enid, Oklahoma. On May. 23, a USAF Talon jet crashed in a remote area near the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. In both the crashes, the pilots ejected safely.

The last fatal crash of a Talon was in November last year in which one of the pilots was killed when the aircraft crashed near the Laughlin Air Force Base.

Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced.

The T-38 remains in service with several air forces. The aircraft has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator, the U.S. Air Force. Pilots of other NATO nations fly the T-38 in joint training programs with USAF pilots.

In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School is the principal U.S. Navy operator (other T-38s were previously used as USN aggressor aircraft until replaced by the similar Northrop F-5 Tiger II).

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