F-16 Viper Out Of Tyndall AFB Goes Missing 60 Miles Off Florida Coast

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An F-16 flying out of Tyndall AFB went missing this morning 60 miles off the coast of Panama City, Florida. A search and rescue operation is ongoing, but the latest reports say there's been no contact with the pilot thus far.

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Many outlets say that the aircraft belonged to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, which flies a mix of QF-4 and QF-16 optionally manned full scale target (FSAT) drones. Seeing as the QF-16 just became operational, there may be other non-FSAT modified F-16s assigned to the squadron for pilot proficiency and training.

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Additionally, Tyndall AFB is the primary training base for the F-22 Raptor, and F-16s do visit for Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT), as well as for weapons testing and live fire drills in the vast warning areas over the Gulf of Mexico.

It has been a rough month for the USAF F-16 community. On October 20th a pair of Oklahoma ANG F-16s collided in midair, with only one aircraft returning to base. Both pilots survived that incident.

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We'll be updating this post as more details become available.

Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer who maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for Jalopnik.com You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address Tyler@Jalopnik.com

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ramajastang
ramajastang

Bermuda triangle got him. He'll show up in a few years and just come flying in like nothing happened and be like "wtf is everyone talking about, I've been gone like an hour". No son, you were gone for 97 years. Didn't you notice the dials in your plane spinning and going haywire? "I didn't think anything of it, just some intereference, but if it's been 97 years, does this mean theres some new cool bad ass jets for me to fly and that by tenure I'm now like a 5 star general?" No, unmanned only, and we had you listed as KIA so you only get 1 promotion. "what a ripoff, I'm going back through the time tunnel, fuck this shit". And then he flies off into the sunset, what time will he end up in next? -roll credits-