Losses and Aviation Safety

T-38 jet trainer crashes in Oklahoma; pilot ejected safely.

At the time of the accident, the T-38 was performing a training mission. One instructor pilot was on board and safely ejected.

A U.S. Air Force (USAF) T-38 Talon stationed at Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Enid, Oklahoma, crashed at approximately 1:48 p.m. Friday local time, about 70 miles west of the base.

According to a news release from the base “At the time of the accident, the aircraft was performing a training mission. One instructor pilot was on board and safely ejected. The pilot is conscious, was not seriously injured and is being evaluated by Air Force medical personnel.”

The aircraft was destroyed.

Vance AFB emergency response personnel are on site and have begun an accident investigation.

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.

The 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance trains more than 300 Air Force and allied student pilots each year. The base operates approximately 200 T-1 Jayhawk, T-6 Texan II and T-38 Talon aircraft, flying over 55,000 sorties and 81,000 hours every year.

Photo credit: Steve White / U.S. Air Force

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.

Recent Posts

Legendary F-14 pilot Joe “Hoser” Satrapa tells the story of the gun kill on an F-15 that almost sold Tomcats to Japan

Joe “Hoser” Satrapa No dissertation on present-day section tactics, or on naval aviation in general,… Read More

17 hours ago

Marine Infantry Rifleman tells why (except the VH-60 White Hawks flown by HMX-1) the USMC doesn’t use the Black Hawk Multirole Helicopter

The Black Hawk Multirole Helicopter The Black Hawk is the military's most versatile helicopter, suited… Read More

17 hours ago

USAF reveals AGM-183A ARRW with live warhead in Guam during hypersonic weapon training

AGM-183A ARRW with live warhead in Guam Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) on Feb. 27,… Read More

2 days ago

Operation Tamouré: the only time a French Air Force Mirage IV strategic bomber dropped a live nuclear bomb

The Mirage IV The Suez crisis in October 1956 prompted France to look into setting… Read More

2 days ago

Video features former Viggen pilot explaining how JA-37 fighter jocks could achieve radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes

JA-37 Viggen fighter jocks achieving radar lock on SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 spy planes The… Read More

3 days ago