January 25, 2021

Air Force F-35 Crashes at Eglin; Pilot Ejects Safely

An F-35A Joint Strike Fighter crashed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Tuesday evening following a routine nighttime training flight, according to the Air Force.

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Fighter Wing, crashed around 9:30 p.m. local time upon landing base officials said in a release. The pilot, who is in stable condition, “successfully ejected and was transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital at Eglin for evaluation and monitoring,” the release said.

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First responders from the 96th Test Wing responded to the scene, officials said.

“There was no loss of life or damage to civilian property,” the release said. “The name of the pilot is not being released this time. The accident is under investigation.”

The 33rd Fighter Wing is the leading training wing for F-35 student pilots at the base. Although the F-35 is the Pentagon’s newest and most advanced aircraft, the oldest Joint Strike Fighters in the fleet reside at Eglin. The planes are part of Lockheed Martin’s earliest low-rate initial production batches.

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