F-35B Crash On Take Off From Kirtland AFB Caught On Camera | Aviation

The F-35B about to crash following pilot’s ejection (Image courtesy: Alex McCready)

We have obtained some interesting photographs showing the moments the F-35B Lightning II crashed near Albuquerque.

The F-35B that crashed on May 28, 2024, in New Mexico was piloted by an Air Force pilot, according to statements from the F-35 Joint Program Office and the Air Force. The pilot ejected at a low altitude and sustained serious injuries but is currently in stable condition.

The Air Force pilot was flying the jet on behalf of the Defense Contract Management Agency.

The F-35B had originally departed from Lockheed Martin’s Manufacturing Plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and was en route to Edwards Air Force Base in California, with a refueling stop planned at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The crash occurred shortly after its departure from Kirtland AFB. The incident happened at 1:48 pm local time, just outside the fenced boundary of the Albuquerque International Sunport/Kirtland Air Force Base.

Some unverified online reports suggest that upon departure, the air traffic control offered the F-35B a rapid ascent to 20,000 feet, but the pilot declined, stating he had promised to perform a short takeoff for observers on the ramp.

Indeed, crash images show the aircraft taking off in Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) mode: images of the aircraft taken just before the crash…

Source theaviationist.com

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