Friday, November 16, 2012
An F-22 Raptor from the 325 FW crashed Thursday afternoon on Tyndall AFB. The pilot ejected and is safe and under the care of the 325 Medical Group. According to reports the Raptor went down in the woods near US highway 98 in the woods near the drone runway highway 98 was closed from down to Mexico beach.
I was stationed at Tyndall twice and have witnessed three crashes, a manned F-100 drone on take off, An Indiana F-4E Phantom on take off and a manned F-106 also on takeoff, The drones suffered catastrophic engine failure and the F-4 was pure negligence as the center line fuel tank cap was left ajar that ended up causing an uncontrollable fire. The wing also lost a pair of F-15's one going down in the Gulf and 1 lost in Apalachicola National Forest after a catastrophic engine failure. All this in less than 6 years over two assignments.
It will be interesting to see what the investigation finds I will not be surprised if it was an engine failure that brought it down.
Below is a video from one of the local Panama City stations.
WEAR ABC 3 :: Top Stories - F-22 crashes on Tyndall Air Force Base