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Old 07-30-2008, 05:52 PM   #1  
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Default F-15 Crash in Nevada...one pilot lost

Looks like we lost one today

Here's a toast....



The article below was cut and pasted from Yahoo news....


F-15 crashes in Nevada during training, killing 1



LAS VEGAS - An Air Force official says the crash of an F-15 jet in the Nevada desert during a training exercise has left one pilot dead and the other injured.


Air Force spokesman Andrew Dumboski says the two-seater plane went down at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Nevada Test and Training Range outside of Goldfield, Nev.

The names of the pilots were not immediately released. Dumboski says the injured pilot is in stable condition and is under observation at Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital.

The pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas.

Goldfield is about 180 miles north of the base.
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Thoughts and prayers out to the family and friends...

'raise my glass'
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Here is the official statement from the wing commander off of the Nellis website:

"NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Good afternoon. I'm Colonel Russ Handy, commander of the 57th Wing. As you know, an F-15D Eagle, flying in support of our Red Flag exercises, crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range approximately 50 miles east of Goldfield, Nevada, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. More importantly, we lost a fellow Airman, Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley - the commander of the 65th Aggressor Squadron here and the pilot of the F-15 that went down. Colonel Bouley had recently celebrated his 20th year wearing the uniform and had more than 4,500 flight hours in the F-15 Eagle, Royal Air Force F-3 Tornado and the T-38 Talon. He was a decorated warrior, an inspiring leader of Airmen, and a loving father and husband. He served his country with distinction and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Colonel Bouley's family, his Air Force family, and all of his friends during this difficult time."

RIP Moses.
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UPDATE: NELLIS PILOT KILLED IN F-15D CRASH IDENTIFIED.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - The pilot who died in an aircraft accident July 30 was identified as Lt. Col. Thomas Bouley in a press conference with Col. Russell Handy, 57th Wing commander. Colonel Bouley was the 65th Aggressor Squadron commander.

Colonel Bouley died when the U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle, a two seater he was piloting, crashed on the Nevada Test and Training Range during a Red Flag training exercise July 30, 2008.

"Colonel Bouley had recently celebrated his 20th year wearing the uniform, and had more than 4,200 flight hours in the F-15 Eagle, the Royal Air Force F-3 Tornado, and the T-38 Talon," said Colonel Handy during the press conference. "He was a decorated warrior, an inspiring leader of Airmen, and a loving father and husband. He served his country with distinction and will be greatly missed."

The other pilot in the aircraft, a Royal Air Force exchange pilot, is in stable condition. His name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, but will be released when the accident investigation board completes its work.

Both pilots were assigned to the 65th Aggressor Squadron, whose mission is to simulate opposing enemy air forces during Red Flag exercises here.

"The investigation into this mishap began almost immediately. The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board will collect and protect evidence from the scene, and gather and analyze all relevant data," said Colonel Handy.

The accident investigation board is comprised of a board president who is a senior pilot, a maintenance expert, flight surgeon, judge advocate and any other needed specialists.

"As commander of this wing, the safety of our Airmen is at the top of my priority list," said Colonel Handy. "Protecting our nation's sons and daughters is a sacred trust, and we intend to do everything in our power to find the cause of this mishap so we may prevent it from happening again."

All aircraft units, with exception of the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons, have continued flying operations. The 64th AGRS will resume flying missions Aug. 1, and the 65th AGRS will resume operations Aug. 4.

"Right now, we're focused on supporting Colonel Bouley's family and the men and women of the 65th AGRS," said Colonel Handy.

Red Flag, a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies, is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center and Nellis, through the 414th Combat Training Squadron. Nellis is the busiest flying base in Air Combat Command, flying 42,000 sorties each year.

More information will be posted at Nellis Air Force Base - Home <http://www.nellis.af.mil>, the Nellis Air Force Base official Web site, as it becomes available. -
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Moses died as Mig 1, but I knew him as a great guy and a new guy in my AK squadron a few years (like 13 years ago) back.

He was a great bro, a solid guy you could always trust, and a wonderful husband and father. He was also the guy I picked to be in my fini 4-ship in Alaska years on my wing as my # 2 wingman. All three of my wingman from that day went on to be squadron commanders, including one who now commands an F-22 squadron in AK where we all started our F-15 careers together. I guess I was certainly the limfac in that crowd...

Moses went on to another ops assignment as Kadena and then did a career killing move as a major...an exchange tour with the Brits flying the F-3. His rep for hard work and solid flying skills got him direct hired off a joint staff tour with the Brits back into the Eagle at Lakenheath, where he was the Operations Officer. He then got the chance of a lifetime to be a squadron commander at Nellis AFB, where he was serving when this accident occured.

Moses was one of those guys I was waiting for on the post-Air Force side fo the fence. He was a wonderful guy...away from the cockpit and work as well. He was the classic example of an Air Force officer who never worried abou the next job but instead worked his butt off at whatever he was doing at the time and enjoying the job day to day. The results of that purity of vision and hard work were a career that many folks would be very jealous of...he did it right.

But as much as I thought of him, it is his lovely wife and two boys I am worried about tonight. They supported him all the way, but I know they have to be devastated. My world is a little darker since I got the call last night.

Go home and hug your loved ones...
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Moses was an awesome guy... RIP.
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Gee Albie, I sure hope some jerk doesn't come on here and make insensitive comments like you did last month regarding the UPS pilot who died from addiction.
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Feel free if you'd like to. Dying in a plane crash serving your country, or self destructing are two different ways to go. I consider one a tragedy, the other a waste. Sad for families either way...but Moses didn't get a choice. For what its worth, another guy I knew and respected killed himself last week...you didn't hear me wailing over that one. We got choices in this world...try to choose wisely.
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Feel free if you'd like to. Dying in a plane crash serving your country, or self destructing are two different ways to go. I consider one a tragedy, the other a waste. Sad for families either way...but Moses didn't get a choice. For what its worth, another guy I knew and respected killed himself last week...you didn't hear me wailing over that one. We got choices in this world...try to choose wisely.
Albief15, not sure if I coulda held back and posted as calm of a reply as you did. Well said.
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Gee Albie, I sure hope some jerk doesn't come on here and make insensitive comments like you did last month regarding the UPS pilot who died from addiction.
Pretty immature low blow...

RIP to our fellow fallen airman.
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