Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia Mountains
Pilot's fate still unknown
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2014 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet crashed this morning in the mountains of central Virginia, reports NBC29. There is no sign of the pilot, who may have ejected before his plane crashed near the rural community of Deerfield; a state police helicopter has begun a search. The F-15 was en route from Massachusetts to New Orleans when a DC-area airport lost contact and reported it missing. Around 9am, people reported a "loud boom," followed by black smoke rising from a mountainside, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office tells WJLA.

"It's the loudest noise I've ever heard," a neighbor tells the AP. "[It] just shook the ground, and from my house we could just see a big plume of smoke." A hazmat crew is on the scene; cleanup of toxic chemicals from the jet is expected to last at least a day. There were no reported injuries to local residents.

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Aug 28, 2014 2:10 AM CDT
MacNamara's F-111 Do-All design had pilots side-by-side, so it failed to achieve air-supuriority w/respect to Soviet MIGs, so the F-15 design had pilots seated in tandem, one behind other to minimize frontal area for max aerodynamic performance. Also sent teams of engrs out to sub-contractors of Avionics to review design to achieve minimum weight, things like use 5051-T6 Alum. alloy so sheet metal bends could be tight, less wasted volume, and hi-tech fasterner systems for high strength to weight ratio All this helped F-15 achieve air superiority over the Soviet MIGs> ahead of its time.
Aug 27, 2014 3:44 PM CDT
He's probably hanging in a tree. F-15 one of the best jets ever made. I was there when Prez Ford appeared at Luke AFB when they first came out in 76.
Aug 27, 2014 2:16 PM CDT
Why, in 2014, do they still say "fighter JET"? How many "fighters" are not jets?