VFC-111 F-5N crashes off of Key West


By Dario Leone
Aug 10 2017
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According to the U.S. Navy the circumstances around the F-5N crash are now under investigation

As reported by USNI News on Aug. 9, 2017 an F-5N Tiger II attached to Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC) 111 Sundowners crashed 20 nautical miles off the coast south east of Key West at about 12:38 p.m. EST while conducting training operations off the Florida coast.

The pilot, who didn’t suffer significant injuries, was quickly rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

“The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search,” said the U.S. Coast Guard in a statement. “The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot in the water. The rescue crew hoisted the pilot from the water and brought him back to Lower Keys Medical Center in good condition.”

According to the U.S. Navy the circumstances around the crash are now under investigation.

As we have already explained the Sundowners of VFC-111, which are based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, Florida, are tasked to provide Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) for all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps fleet replacement squadrons.

Until the crash, the squadron operated 18 of the F-5s.

VFC-111 F-5N Print
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-5N Tiger II – Sundowners Rising, VFC-111 Sundowners, 2007

Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales and U.S. Navy

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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