first published on September 3, 2018 by Will
A series of unfortunate and sometimes deadly aircraft crashes are combined into a single video compilation.
The video is dubbed in whimsical royalty free music that comes off as very disrespectful in regards to such unpleasant scenes, so the mute option may be necessary. Again, the content is somewhat macabre in nature, but any aviation enthusiast will find interest in the footage. I would also not recommend watching this video before or during a flight.
This year alone, dozens of military aircraft crashes occurred, many times resulting in service members’ deaths. There are a number of factors that have contributed to the accidents. The nearly two-decades of high OPTEMPO air campaigns across the globe haven’t given units the preferable time to reset aircraft that are being pushed to their limits. The disastrous Obama War Era of continuously slashing military budgets and resources, yet relying almost entirely on airstrikes as a forward defense tactic, is still taking a toll on our aircraft and units that support them.
A recent Military.com article gave a list of accidents and mishaps that included: The Air Force lost seven aircraft in non-combat training accidents (1x HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, 2x T-38 Talon trainers, 1x WC-130 Hurricane Hunter, 2x F-16 Fighting Falcons and 1x F-15 Eagle). An A-29 Super Tucano crashed in New Mexico in June as well. Just last month, one American troop was killed and multiple injured as a result of a helicopter crash after a secret raid in Iraq.
Additionally, a plethora of other less severe accidents and flight line mishaps caused caused operational freezes and groundings across the military in 2018.