Skip to comments.Missing F-16 Pilotís Crash Debris Found in Ocean
Posted on 10/16/2009 6:51:42 PM PDT by SandRat
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2009 Coast Guard searchers today found crash debris believed to belong to a missing Air Force pilots F-16 jet that collided yesterday with another F-16 near the South Carolina coast during a night-training exercise, an Air Force spokesman said today.
The Coast Guard has found some debris in the ocean that is apparently from our missing F-16, Robert Sexton, chief of public affairs at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., said during a telephone interview with American Forces Press Service. Shaw Air Force Base is the home of the 20th Fighter Wing, to which the jets belong.
The two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft collided about 40 miles east of Folly Beach, S.C., over the Atlantic Ocean around 8:30 p.m. yesterday, according to an Air Force news release. The pilot of one plane, Capt. Lee Bryant, was able to safely land his damaged jet at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
The other pilot, Capt. Nicholas Giglio, is missing.
They have not yet found any sign of the pilot and the search continues, Sexton said. No one, he said, witnessed what happened to Giglio after the collision.
The incident, he said, occurred during a routine night-training mission.
Foul weather, including rain and fog, has hindered the Coast Guards search for Giglio, Sexton said.
The Coast Guard is doing an absolutely incredible job of running the search and rescue mission, he said. Were just tremendously grateful for the assistance of the Coast Guard, the Navy, Charleston Air Force Base [and] all of the other agencies that are participating in the search and rescue.
Shaw Air Force Base is about 90 miles west of Charleston Air Force Base along the South Carolina coast.
The F-16s are CJ models optimized for suppression of enemy air defenses, Sexton said.
A board of officers will investigate the incident and details will be released as they become available, he said.
Shaw Air Force Base
Night formation is never easy.
Not good. Granted... warmish waters give quite a longer survivability time, and the search should continue, but I’m not so hopeful as I was that there is anybody to find by now.
Last assignment was Shaw. But I used to work the same airspace with Jacksonville when stationed at Myrtle Beach.
Yep. Former USCG here, and yah, I know those tables. It’s been an awful long time for this guy. The lack of a transponder sure suggests that there was no eject.
RIP Capt. Nicholas Giglio
Shaw AFB, NC.
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE -- "We are Team Shaw, and when one is not with us, we are not complete."
Those were the words spoken in prayer today by Capt. Lane Campbell, Shaw Air Force Base's 77th Fighter Squadron "Gamblers" chaplain, as he began the private memorial service honoring Capt. Nicholas Giglio, who died in an F-16 mid-air collision Oct. 15 off Charleston.
The base's Public Affairs Office shared highlights of the service in a news release issued this afternoon.
The service included the posting of the colors, a 77th Fighter Squadron roll call followed by the playing of "Taps" and a missing man flyover formation of F-16s.
Capt. Aaron Sick of the 77th played the piano while Bethany Locklear, wife of 1st Lt. Jameson Locklear with the 77th, sang the hymn "In Christ Alone" selected by the Giglio family, as well as the Air Force hymn, "Lord Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly."
Giglio's sister Carmen Giglio and Locklear shared memories of Capt. Giglio, who was 32, and Scripture readings.
"His dream and passion was always to fly," Carmen Giglio said. "Always, forever he will be in our hearts."
"I had really great things in store for this fighter pilot," said Lt. Col. Lance Kildron, 77th Fighter Squadron commander. "His time with us was too short."
"One more thing to say to Nick," he added. "Once a Gambler, always a Gambler."
The 77th Fighter Squadron flies a missing man formation during a memorial ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base for Captain Nicholas Giglio Oct. 22, 2009. Giglio was killed during a mid-air collision over the Atlantic last week.