|Info on F-15E Crash in Southwest Asia|
|Saturday, 31 March 2012|
An F-15E crashed due to an accident at 09:06 a.m. MST on March 28, 2012, approximately 15 miles outside a base in Southwest Asia. The pilot, Capt. Francis D. "Piston" Imlay, 31, of Vacaville, California died from his injuries. The WSO suffered minor injuries only. The jet belonged to the 366th Fighter Wing "Gunfighters" deployed from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
Cause of the Crash
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it was not combat related. The immediate cause was that the pilot apparently lost control of the jet.
More than 300 airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing are deployed to support F-15E missions helping deliver combat air support for joint fighting operations during Operation Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia.
Capt. Francis D. Imlay
Col. Ron Buckley, 366th Fighter Wing Commander issued a message on the Gunfighters' Facebook page about the loss of Capt. Imlay: click here to read.
A couple of photos of Capt. Imlay can be found in our Aircrew gallery:
Capt. Imlay graduated from Lakenheath, England High School in 1998. He grew up in a military family and lived in locations all over the world. He joined the Air Force on June 12, 2004 after being recognized as the distinguished graduate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Auburn University, Ala.
His first assignment was as an instructor pilot at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He then began training to become an F-15E pilot at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina before being assigned to Mountain Home in October 2010.
He was an F-15E flight lead with more than 2,500 hours total flying time in the T-37, T-38, T-6 and F-15E. His Air Force decorations included the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Although he was an outstanding serviceman, he will be remembered most as a loving husband and father of two children, ages two and four.
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