Near-miss: This F-16 landed after half its wing was sheared off – The Washington Post

Two Air Force fighter pilots whose F-16C jets collided in midair in October survived, despite one plane crashing and the other having a five-foot section of its wing sheared off, according to a report the Air Force released Friday.

The collision occurred while the jets were flying over Kansas in formation Oct. 20. One of the planes, flown by a highly experience instructor, crashed in a grassy field in the town of Moline. The other, flown by a relatively inexperienced pilot who recently had joined their squadron, flew about 100 miles south to Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma with part of its right wing missing, and landed safely.

via Near-miss: This F-16 landed after half its wing was sheared off – The Washington Post.

Incredible. And most importantly, everyone went home alive.

 

3 thoughts on “Near-miss: This F-16 landed after half its wing was sheared off – The Washington Post”

  1. Almost like that Israeli F-15 that lost a wing. Amazing how some pilots can land a plane that damaged.

  2. With enough thrust, you can get a brick to fly. I believe that was the design principle behind the F-4 Phantom.

  3. It seems to me that the experienced pilot knew enough to get the ((^&* out of the plane, while the inexperienced guy figured he could keep it together – and was lucky enough to be right.

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