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Pilot Killed as USAF Jet Crashes in Texas

Pilot Killed as USAF Jet Crashes in Texas

T-38 Talon (Wayne Mckown/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 07:24 AM

One pilot was killed as a USAF jet crashed Monday in Texas near the border town of Del Rio. A second pilot was injured.

The injured pilot was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center after the T-38 Talon crashed about 14 miles northwest of Laughlin Air Force Base around Lake Amistad, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.

The Del Rio News-Herald reported the crash site was near Spur 454 and eyewitnesses reported seeing a parachute and a lone pilot descend to the ground.

An Air Force statement said a board of officers will investigate the incident and the names of the pilots involved were being withheld for next of kin notification.

"Our biggest priority at this time is caring for the family and friends of our Airmen," said Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander. "We are a close knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs every member of the U.S. Armed Forces feels it. Our people take top priority, and we are committed to ensuring their safety and security."

According to Northrop Grumman website, the T-38 Talon was the world's first supersonic trainer when it entered service in 1961. Some 500 T-38 Talons are still in service from the nearly 1,200 built from 1961-72 for the Air Force and NASA.

The jets are single units constructed of aluminum alloys with control surfaces reinforced with internal honeycomb, according to Northrop Grumman. The company said design improvements developed from usage were retrofitted into many of the operational jets.

Many shared their condolences on social media.

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