The two crew members of a Dassault Mirage F1B fighter aircraft suffered injuries after the aircraft departed the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, Florida, on the morning of February 25.
The former combat aircraft of the French Armée de l’Air currently belongs to the North American company Airborne Tactical Advantage Company ATAC, which uses it together with other aircraft to carry out tasks of “attackers”. in aid of the training of the United States Air Force or the United States Air Force (USAF). John Rupp, ATC spokesman, reported on the accident and the condition of the crew: “One of our two-seat Mirage F-1B, which supports the military flight training in Tyndall, left the runway on its return. One of the pilots decided to eject ??. Both are recovering at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The ATAC company, which is part of the Textron Group, a US defense conglomerate, is continuing to investigate the cause of the accident on the Mirage, which is currently on the North American civil register N601AX. Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) officials also briefed on the incident, which occurred at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday at the end of the airline. This comes from a statement posted on Twitter by Colonel Gregory Moseley, the commander of the 325 Fighter Wing, or the 325th Fighter Wing (325th FW).
The emergency response teams were deployed on site and both pilots were taken to a hospital in Panama City, Florida. The USAF Colonel stated: Is Tyndall working closely with ATAC to ensure a thorough and timely investigation into the incident? ATAC, headquartered in Newport News, Va. And headquartered around the world, trains crews for the US Navy, Marines, USAF and US Army, as well as other operators of ship crews and combat controllers / Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC). in the areas of air-to-air, air-to-ship and air-to-surface. The commissioners from AFB Tyndall support as “bullies”. Advanced aerial training in air-to-air combat for 5th generation fighter pilots assigned to the 325th FW.
The Mirage F1B is a two-seat version of the French fighter / attack and reconnaissance aircraft developed as the successor to the Mirage III, the famous delta wing fighter. Although the Armée de l’Air was the main operator of the Mirage F-1 with 246 aircraft, the Spanish Air Force also comprised nearly a hundred, of which the survivors were sold to the Draken International company after their release.
“It is a very capable supersonic fighter, has a stable ground attack weapon system and has the tactical flexibility to take part in all integrated training exercises,” said ATAC. Is the F1 really a threat representative capable of performing all of the missions required to train today’s frontline pilots? (Julio Maíz Sanz).
Photo of the Mirage F-1B registration N601AX that suffered the Tyndall accident. (ATAC photo).
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