Langley T-38 Loses Canopy on Takeoff

A T-38 based at JB Langley-Eustis, Va., made a forced landing at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Tuesday, after the jet lost its canopy during takeoff, according to a wire report from the Newport News Daily Press. The canopy landed on the runway at Langley shortly after takeoff on a routine training mission, but did not cause any injury or additional damage at the base, according to a base spokesperson. Neither pilot was injured in the incident, and a USAF safety investigation is under way. Langley’s 27th Fighter Squadron has flown T-38s in an adversary role at JB Langley-Eustis since late 2011, where they conduct advanced dissimilar training and threat simulation for the 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptor squadrons.