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Unspecified Manned Aircraft Down at Holloman AFB

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posted on Jun, 22 2018 @ 09:10 PM
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a reply to: anzha

When they say things like "More will be released on the second crew member as it is available" that generally means they either didn't survive, or are badly hurt and have life threatening injuries.




posted on Jun, 22 2018 @ 09:33 PM
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Noted. I had wondered if that was normal military terminology.



posted on Jun, 22 2018 @ 11:03 PM
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or they couldn't notify family members in a certain time frame.



posted on Jun, 23 2018 @ 03:31 AM
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a reply to: JIMC5499

Illegitimi non carborundum



posted on Jun, 23 2018 @ 05:42 PM
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posted on Jun, 24 2018 @ 12:03 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Pilot killed was a naval aviator:

www.navy.mil...



posted on Jun, 28 2018 @ 02:59 PM
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The Air Force has suspended the OA-X program, and is examining the data collected to this point to determine the way to move forward.

www.flightglobal.com...



posted on Aug, 6 2018 @ 02:02 PM
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posted on Aug, 6 2018 @ 04:05 PM
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I remember when the accident happened and little information was released. I hadn't realized it was a A-29 in testing.
I'm glad to hear it didn't cause the program to be canceled, and that they plan to move ahead with acquisitions.

The little kid in me hates this program, as I go back to my 5-year-old self first seeing the F117 and it becoming the face of the first Gulf War. Made my heart pump, and my child-self proud to be an American. Same with the B2, F22, and thinking of our other black projects and bleeding edge tech.

The poor, broken, adult me now admits that most of the environments we're likely to be involved, we'll be fighting guys hiding in caves using donkeys as transports. It doesn't make financial sense to spend 500+ mill per aircraft when a Cessna-150 flying slow, cheaply produced & maintained in harsh climates, that contains the needed sensor suite and electronics upgrades, and has a couple hellfires /GBU-39s under the wings fits the need.

Maybe saving the cash on a fleet of low-cost, easily maintained, aircraft for low threat areas will free up the funds for use in other areas. Keep the cool toys for the rare cases they are needed, the first week of aggression, if the air is contested, etc. Use the saved cash to maintain the fleet of expensive aircraft currently held together with gum and glue. Maybe buy a few more primary weapon systems use in a high-intensity conflict.

Now let's just hope military purchasing doesn't find a way to make these aircraft cost the same as a F-16/FA-18....

~Winter



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