Two A-10s Crash at Nellis Test Range

#4
"The Two Aircraft of the 57th Wing Were On Routine Training Mission."
Add to the "Seductive Oxymorons" List.

I guess that headline implies they had coffee, ice, and newspapers stocked. ;)
 

MikeD

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#5
Routine in the sense of a normal mission that was nothing out of the ordinary prior to the midair, whether a weapons school mission or a test/eval squadron mission, both of whch operate out of Nellis. Sadly, midairs between A-10s have occurred a good number of times in its career just due to the nature of ops. 5 that I can think of off the top of my head, 2 of those having occurred during my time in the Hog, 1 that I was on scene for. The 2 that occurred during my time, 1 was at Nellis in the NTTR and occurred during a rejoin, 1 jet lost and that pilot....Nutt Polaro...ejected through a fireball that burned up his parachute pack and he fell to the desert floor. The other was near Douglas, Az in the Tombstone MOA with 3 A-10s I was working with: one A-10 coming off a dive bombing run collided with the FAC A-10 orbiting overhead. Both pilots ejected, but Romance Donelley slipped out of his parachute harness when the main canopy deployed and fell to the desert floor 10,000' below. Didnt see him, but saw the collapsed chute drifting down with no one in it.

So yeah, these things happen during what otherwise wouldve been routine training missions.
 

knot4u

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#6
Routine in the sense of a normal mission that was nothing out of the ordinary prior to the midair, whether a weapons school mission or a test/eval squadron mission, both of whch operate out of Nellis. Sadly, midairs between A-10s have occurred a good number of times in its career just due to the nature of ops. 5 that I can think of off the top of my head, 2 of those having occurred during my time in the Hog, 1 that I was on scene for. The 2 that occurred during my time, 1 was at Nellis in the NTTR and occurred during a rejoin, 1 jet lost and that pilot....Nutt Polaro...ejected through a fireball that burned up his parachute pack and he fell to the desert floor. The other was near Douglas, Az in the Tombstone MOA with 3 A-10s I was working with: one A-10 coming off a dive bombing run collided with the FAC A-10 orbiting overhead. Both pilots ejected, but Romance Donelley slipped out of his parachute harness when the main canopy deployed and fell to the desert floor 10,000' below. Didnt see him, but saw the collapsed chute drifting down with no one in it.

So yeah, these things happen during what otherwise wouldve been routine training missions.
Thank you for providing some first person perspective, aviation is still a dangerous endeavor, especially with the completely different mission between military and civilian aviation that most don't understand.
 

MikeD

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#7
Thank you for providing some first person perspective, aviation is still a dangerous endeavor, especially with the completely different mission between military and civilian aviation that most don't understand.
And in mil aviation, sadly, losses are the cost of doing business, whether pilot/crew error, WX related, Mx related, or some other set of causal factors in the peacetime environment of training and ops. Combat, is a whole different set of circumstances all its own part and parcel from peacetime ops. In my time in the A-10, 6 fellow Hog pilots I knew were killed. And that was just in the Hog. More I knew from the F-16 and F-15 communities also add to that list. It's a dangerous business indeed, but danger comes with the territory.
 
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