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Draken A-4 crashes near Las Vegas Motorspeedway

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posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 12:30 PM
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A Draken A-4 participating in Red Flag 16-4 has crashed near the Las Vegas Motorspeedway. Spotters said that it came down right near the dirt track that is part of the complex. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place, but flight operations from the base are continuing. Witnesses said that the aircraft was performing the overhead recovery, and appeared to stall and crash. The pilot ejected at low altitude, but only suffered minor injuries.

From reports, it was one of these aircraft:







posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 12:36 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Glad to hear the pilot is okay. Wonder if this was human error or mechanical in nature.

That was not cheap, whatever the cause is

edit on 18-8-2016 by FamCore because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 12:38 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

No and it hurts that it was an A-4. They're about the only operator left of them.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 12:59 PM
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Some early pictures here,
www.rt.com...



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 01:05 PM
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According to media reports, it was the two seater, the one in the second picture in the OP.

This gives an idea of about where the crash occurred. Where the two roads meet is the approximate location. It was about 300 yards from the Kart track at the Las Vegas Motorspeedway.
edit on 8/18/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 01:06 PM
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Sorry to hear about that.
I haven't been out near Nellis since the 70's when I was getting emergency repair parts at that place out on Lamb.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 01:09 PM
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a reply to: smurfy

My phone stalled on your link so did a quick image search. Wow!
The black and white ones look really cool.
Scary looking wasp/cows!!!

Anyway, hope the pilots OK.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 04:41 PM
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OMG that's VERY close to where I was parked last year to take photos of Nellis.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 07:09 PM
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a reply to: Imagewerx

Zaph and I too. We were just under 600 yards from where it went down this year and last.



posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 08:03 PM
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Ex RNZAF..



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 06:23 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger
I wonder if it's one of the A4G's we sold the Kiwis? If so then you probably saw it being worked on in H131 years ago. That's a real shame.

LEE.



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 07:48 AM
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Glad the pilot made it,but damn,those A4`s were sweet little planes.shame to lose one.

edit on 19-8-2016 by ridgerunner because: wrong choice of words



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 09:55 AM
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Nellis was trying for all three of the "crashes happen in threes" yesterday. At some point yesterday a Pavehawk crashed on the NTTR. All four crew survived and were airlifted for treatment.



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 03:37 PM
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It was N140EM for the registration number.



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 04:00 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

YOU FORGOT BRAZIL!!!



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 04:03 PM
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a reply to: Barnalby

ABOUT the only operator.



posted on Aug, 19 2016 @ 04:10 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yeah, aren't they mostly grounded anyways?



posted on Aug, 20 2016 @ 07:24 PM
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Brings back memories coming into Vegas out of the desert on highway 15 with "Hotel California" playing on the radio.
By the way "Colitas" in the song lyrics had nothing to do with Marijuana.



posted on Aug, 20 2016 @ 07:28 PM
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a reply to: Barnalby

They're being modernized. The first of them was delivered last year, with plans to operate them until about 2025 or so.



posted on Aug, 21 2016 @ 12:59 AM
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Some interesting info:

foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com...




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