10 Aug '17, 5pm

Collision of two Marine F/A-18s shows pilots not flying enough

Collision of two Marine F/A-18s shows pilots not flying enough

The collision of two Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets in November shows the consequences of pilots not getting enough flight hours to train, an investigation into the incident determined. One of the pilots safely ejected and the other was able to land his stricken plane after the two aircraft collided while practicing basic fighter maneuvers over the Pacific Ocean off San Diego. Both pilots lacked the experience and proficiency needed to react correctly when it became clear they were on a collision course, according to Col. William Swan, who was commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 11 at the time. “This mishap brings into sharp focus the difference between currency and proficiency,” Swan wrote in a letter endorsing the investigation’s findings. “Given sustained low flight hours across the F/A-18 community, our aircrew have a smaller scope of experience and significantly ...

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