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WAR: Two F/A-18 Hornets missing in Iraq (developing)

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posted on May, 2 2005 @ 09:52 PM
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The US military lost contact Two Marine corps F/A-18 hornets from the USS Carl Vinson in Iraq. Status is unknown, and a search is in progress. No further information available at this time
 



www.reuters.com
The U.S. military lost contact Monday night with two Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in Iraq, a statement said. The two planes were from the USS Carl Vinson. The status of the crew is unknown and a search effort is under way.

The military statement said there was no initial indication of hostile fire in the area at the time contact was lost.

The U.S. military could not confirm by telephone any further details about whether the planes were single or two-seaters, could not say which squadron the aircraft were from or where the Carl Vinson was operating.


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The fact that two went missing sounds more like an accidental mid-air collision then hostile fire. It is the typical dangers of being a fighter pilot. But this will probably just add more fuel to the anti-war groups

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posted on May, 2 2005 @ 09:54 PM
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CNN states that the United States Navy detected no hostile fire in the area at the time of the flight and the jets most likely collided in the poor weather.



posted on May, 2 2005 @ 10:21 PM
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we have been having bad sand storms in iraq, last night was one of the worst yet, week before was a shamall which was a wall of sand and air travelling at 60kph....



posted on May, 2 2005 @ 10:31 PM
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Above Top Secret 4.0 » War On Terrorism » Two U.S. F-18s reportedly collide over Iraq

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posted on May, 3 2005 @ 05:59 AM
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This just out:
1 of the pilot's bodies was found. Some are saying it was a collision that caused the crash.

www.msnbc.msn.com...



posted on May, 3 2005 @ 06:43 PM
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Do fighter pilots still engage in unauthorised "air combat" simulations, trying to outdo/outfly each other for bragging rights, etc?

Someone waxed the other's tail too closely, or were trying a bit of "follow the leader", most likely.



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