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Another military aircraft has crashed, but thankfully the pilot is doing OK this time.
An F-16C from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, ran off the runway during an emergency landing Tuesday morning at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport in Arizona, the 56th Fighter Wing announced.
The pilot is in good condition after being treated and released from Havasu Regional Medical Center, a wing news release says. The mishap occurred during a training flight. An investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.
Military aviation has seen a spike in crashes recently. A total of 16 service members have been killed in separate crashes since March. Military Times found that crashes have soared by 40 percent since deep cuts to defense spending took effect in 2013.
If the Pentagon had to take Consumer Math class in high school, they'd flunk.
The U.S. military—correction, the U.S. taxpayer—is spending more money to buy fewer weapons. The reason? Poor acquisition practices, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
"DOD's 2018 portfolio of major weapon programs has grown in cost by $8 billion, but contains four fewer systems than last year," GAO found.
He's an Oklahoman and an Air Force vet, an actor and martial artist. The intensity of his badassery formed the basis of one of the earliest and most ubiquitous internet memes. He's a fictional member of Delta Force and a Texas Ranger, his beard a source of such virile endurance and strength that it makes Samson's biblical mane look like a bouquet of hobo pubes.
Now, Norris will live forever as the ultimate instrument of righteousness: an M1 Abrams tank.