Mk58 Hawker Hunter Has Gone Down Off Oahu, Hawaii

Mk58 Hawker Hunter Has Gone Down Off Oahu, Hawaii

A Mk58 Hawker Hunter from the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) crashed into waters near the island. The pilot is reported to have survived, thankfully, but is in serious condition.

The operation has resulted in a complete halt of all departing flights out of Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, which would indicate the aircraft crashed close to the airfield.

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is co-located with Hickam Air Force Base, which is a major hub for military aircraft movements in the Pacific.

It’s also home to the 15th Wing which includes a variety of aircraft including F-22As, C-17s, KC-135s, C-40s, and C-37s.

There has been an unpublicized large air warfare exercise going on over the waters off Hawaii in recent days. Air National Guard F-15s from Oregon and F/A-18s from Navy test squadrons VX-9 and VX-31 are supposedly taking part in the drills.

A handful of the vintage electronic warfare pod packing jets operate from Hawaii year-round, acting as contracted aggressor targets during exercises and more mundane training like replicating anti-ship missile attack profiles on warships. You can read all about these aircraft and what they do in this magazine feature I wrote about them years ago.

ATAC Mk58 Hawker Hunter. Image Credits: TYLER ROGOWAY

on 6 December U.S. Marine Corps C-130 & F/A-18 crash off the coast of Japan, after an Aerial Refueling Mishap. 1 marine was rescued, 6 went Marines Missing. After 3 days to rescue mission 5 missing Marines declared dead in U.S. military Aircraft’s crash off Japan

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