From: 48 FW/CC
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:53 PM
To: 48 FW Personnel
Subject: Crew is safe after F-15E incident in Libya
I'd like to take a moment to give you the facts that I know, and am
allowed to release, regarding the crash of one of our F-15E Strike
Eagles. You may pass this information to your family and friends. My
goal is to reduce rumors and speculation.
Our Wing forward deployed aircraft to Aviano Airbase, Italy where we are
supporting the international effort to enforce the No-Fly-Zone and
protect innocent civilians within Libya. Last night, March 21, at
approximately 10:30 CET one of our F-15E aircraft experienced a
malfunction and the two crew members safely ejected in a remote area of
Both crew members are safe. Their identities are withheld to protect
their privacy and I request you refrain from speculation.
The pilot and weapons officer demonstrated incredible skill and
discipline in making a time-critical decision to eject from their
aircraft. They proved the value of their military training by
coordinating the rescue force. The Marine Force from the USS Kearsarge
demonstrated extraordinary readiness and capability in conducting a
daring night-time rescue.
The conduct of military aviation is never without risk. I am proud of
the skill of our aviators and the professionalism they demonstrated.
Please keep all of our Airmen deployed around the globe in your thoughts
and prayers. If you have further questions regarding our operations, I
encourage you to talk to your supervisors and commanders. To the degree
that we can release information without adding risk to our mission and
our people, we will make every effort to do so. Please help me by not
adding to the speculation that can grow like a wildfire
on some of the
social media sights.
Thanks for your support!
Col John Quintas
48th Fighter Wing Commander