Friday, November 11, 2016

Two F-18's crash. Marine Air is in crisis.

via San Diego Union Tribune.
Two Marine pilots survived a midair collision Wednesday morning off the coast of Southern California.
One of the pilots ejected safely into the water following the 11:43 a.m. accident and the other made an emergency landing at the nearby North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, Marine officials said.
Coast Guard and Navy search-and-rescue teams received a mayday call at 12:11 p.m. Sailors from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson scrambled to retrieve the Marine pilot 30 minutes later, according to a Marine Corps statement.
Both pilots were reported as being in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Their single-seat F/A-18 Hornets belonged to the “Black Knights” of Fighter Attack Squadron 314 stationed at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.
The Wednesday accident follows a string of recent mishaps involving F-18 fighters.
Marine Air is in crisis.

Just eyeballing things, the mishap rate has sky rocketed.  Thankfully both pilots survived but good God!  This is unsat.

I sense but can't prove that the focus to get the F-35 across the finish line by all means necessary is affecting the fleet.  I can't prove it but someone should investigate training, maintenance and standards across the Wing.

Even worse?  This is another incident where we don't hear a thing from Davis. A Harrier crashed in the Pacific and he said nothing.  An F-18 crashed after that and he did nothing.  We see this incident and again...NOTHING!

I ask this seriously.

Why does Davis still have a job when its obvious that the Wing is in worse condition now than when he took over the job!

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