T-38C Crash Victims Identified

Officials at Sheppard AFB, Tex., have identified the two pilots who died May 1 when their T-38C trainer aircraft crashed during a training flight from the base. Maj. Brad Funk, 35, an instructor pilot with the 90th Flying Training Squadron, and 2nd Lt. Alec Littler, 23, a student pilot in the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training program, were killed when their aircraft crashed on approach at about 7:55 a.m. local time, according to a May 2 release from the base. An accident board is investigating. More information will be released as it becomes available, the statement said. The mishap is the second fatal accident involving a T-38C since April 23 when two pilots died in a crash at Columbus AFB, Miss. The two crashes led Air Education and Training Command to suspend flight operations of all T-38Cs. Further, Maj. Gen. Irving L. Halter, commander of 19th Air Force, has ordered the one-day, safety stand-down today (May 5) of all AETC flying training operations, according to a May 2 release from Randolph AFB, Tex.