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One Killed, One Injured in T-38C Crash at Laughlin Air Force Base

This is the fifth USAF T-38 crash in in 12 months

On Nov. 13, 2018 a T-38C Talon supersonic jet crashed at approximately 7:40 p.m. at Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in southern Texas, killing one pilot and sending a second to a hospital, the base said.

His condition wasn’t specified by officials, and their identities are being withheld until their families are notified.

The base says a board of officers will be convened to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Air Force website describes the Talon as a “twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles,” including preparing pilots “for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft.”

Noteworthy this is the fifth USAF T-38 crash in in 12 months. Another T-38C Talon crash in November 2017 resulted in the death of one of its two pilots.

The T-38C Talon II is a is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles. Air Education and Training Command is the primary user of the T-38 for joint specialized undergraduate pilot training. Air Education and Training Command uses the T-38C to prepare pilots for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft such as the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-15C Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt and F-22 Raptor.

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

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