In a weird coincidence, a US Air Force F-16 flying with the Thunderbirds and a US Navy F-18 flying with the Blue Angels, crashed on the same day on Thursday 2 June. The Thunderbird came down after a fly over for president Obama in Colorado Springs, Idaho. The pilot escaped by ejecting.
The Blue Angels F-18 Hornet came down near the town of Smyrna in Tennesse. Smoke was seen rising from the ground near the airport were the Blue Angels were practicing their show routine prior to an airshow. The pilot did not survive the crash.
Pics of the downed Thunderbird show the aircraft relatively intact on the ground. The pilot apparently attempted to land at nearby Petersen Air Force Base.
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