At approximately 7:30pm a T-38C crashed on or near Laughlin AFB in Texas. It makes the fifth T-38 to crash in the last year, with at least three being
from bases in Texas. Very little information has been released so far, including nothing about the crew or how many were on board.
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yes I recall you have mentioned a few incidents before with this same aircraft. You said it is a training aircraft right? Is it modeled for folks to
get a better grasp of another type of aircraft? I suspect sabotage honestly I know you military types never ever want to even think it possible, but
this is the new age of quantum computing, AI, and remote hacking.
I strongly believe sabotage is responsible not only for these crashes, but the various failed launches or outright destruction of several satellite
missions. Our rivals have not only caught up technologically, they are coming at us with a vengeance.
The T-38s flying are 50+ years old. Not the design, the actual aircraft themselves. Even though they've been rebuilt under various PACER programs,
eventually they just wear out. One aircraft that crashed had suffered 7 sheared shafts in one gearbox in less than 2 years, and five failures of other
natures in the other in roughly the same timeframe. That's not sabotage, that's poor directives from higher for dealing with issues.
Training aircraft have always had higher accident rates than other aircraft. It's the nature of the beast. Instructors can frequently get out of
situations students get into, but when there's no instructor, or the aircraft just gives out, it's a lot harder to save the aircraft.
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Well then they are at least as old as most of our B-52's right? The big bertha's don't seem to be having this problem, but then again I doubt they
really get much flight anymore. Most of our global bombing runs are done with drones, F-15's through F-22's and ship launched cruise missiles. So I
guess, perhaps these planes are just super old but not getting the proper maintenance attention as our big gals?
I am sure the 52's are still flying for training purposes as well right? When was the last time one was even used for a bombing run? Had to be Iraq
invasion right? Or was it the MOAB in Afghanistan?
The B-52 has been flying almost constantly including combat. They were replaced a few months ago by B-1s in the UAE as part of the normal combat
rotation. It's a huge difference on airframe life when you're flying straight and level between two points, and taking a jet out and throwing it
around pulling 6+Gs. The T-38s are trainers, and some are used as adversary aircraft for combat training. Both can pull high Gs depending on the
flight profile for that mission. That's a lot more strain on the airframe than the B-52 sees.
The T-38s are getting proper maintenance, for the most part, but they're just old and being pushed hard.
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In your professional opinion then, do you believe or feel with instinct that it is time to develop new trainer aircraft? I honestly more ignorant on
these things than I would like to be, but based on the reports and incidents, it seems it is time for a new trainer in this regard.
I am going through some stuff and did not got to link. This is my news source. Question I have is , how many have died in these crashes in this time
frame ? Also because of a lack of statistical ability , for the next few flights what are the stats for chances of crashing ?
You have to give it to the fly boys for having nads.
Three or four. One was a solo flight that didn't get out, one tandem crew didn't complete the final two steps of the checklist, so one of the pilots
didn't aim his seat. They stayed with it to make sure it would miss a neighborhood and he didn't have time to get out when his seat didn't go.
More like doing what they can with what they had. Previous leadership prioritized the F-22 and F-35 over everything else. Between the PACER program
and guys breaking their backs, the T-38 fleet was in good shape. They didn't lose a single aircraft between 2014 and last year, and crashes before
then were rare.
Then we had Sequestration and the gutting of the maintenance budget, and the urging of the highest time maintenance people to take early retirement or
just retirement, and a lot of the knowledge base was lost. Between that and prioritizing the F-35 over everything, the T-38s, like everything else,
began to slip. And we are where we are now.
seems to be a lot of US military aircraft crashing lately. just on Monday an F-18 crashed in the Philippine sea. about 16 up to September in 2018, 4
in October, and now 2 this week alone. so almost 2 US military aircraft crashes a month, that seems rather a lot.
It's all tied to maintenance. Gut the budget and get rid of your most experienced personnel, and you get more maintenance failures. That means fewer
pilot hours a month; which leads to more pilot error accidents.
The crash last November lost both gearboxes, one had seven sheared shafts in two years. The one at Vance lost power in both engines. They haven't said
anything about the two in Texas before this one, but I wouldn't be surprised to see engine/ gearbox failures there too.
The pilot killed was Capt. John Graziano. He was an instructor for the 87th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin. The second pilot was Capt. Mark
Palyok, who was treated at a local hospital and released.
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