Astronaut Thomas Ken Mattingly discusses the role that the United States Navy played in his life before he joined NASA’s astronaut corps and flew in space as command module pilot of Apollo 16, shuttle commander of STS-4 and shuttle commander of STS-51-C. Mattingly is also known for being assigned to the ill-fated Apollo 13, before being replaced two days before launch for medical reasons. He was played by Gary Sinise in the movie ‘Apollo 13.’
The District of Columbia Air National Guard based at Joint Base Andrews operates the F-16C/D and is among the units providing combat air patrols over US cities as part of Operation Noble Eagle. The United States Coast Guard Station at Elizabeth City, NC was the first USCG unit to operate the HH-60J/MH-60T multi-mission helicopter.
Coast Guard Rescues F-16 Pilot After Late Thursday Crash
An Air National Guard flier is in the hospital with minor injuries after two F-16Cs collided in mid-air late Thursday night, officials with the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard told USNI News on Friday.
The collision occurred late Thursday near Chincoteague, Va. One F-16 was able to return to Joint Base Andrews, Md. while the second crashed after the pilot ejected.
The pilot of the crashed plane was recovered by the crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City after being notified by the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center and Navy’s Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.
The crew of the HH-60 Jayhawk from Elizabeth City recovered the pilot from the water and returned the flier to Andrews at about 12:30 a.m. EST.
As of Friday morning, the pilot of the crashed F-16 was at the base hospital with minor injuries, said U.S. Air National Guard Capt. Michael Odle with the 113th.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.