One of the F-16 pilots involved in a ground collision shortly after touch?down at Nellis AFB, Nev., on Aug. 15 is still undergoing medical treatment for injuries sustained in the accident, officials revealed in an update late last week. No further details were given on the circumstances of the collision that took place during local familiarization flights. The jets from Air Force Reserve Command’s 301st Fighter Wing from NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas, are currently at Nellis for exercise Red Flag 15-4, which runs Aug. 17 to 28. The Air Force is assembling an investigation board to look into the incident, according to the release.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.