U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Corey Pettis.

An Air Force T-38 Talon from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, crashed on Friday afternoon during a training flight, service officials announced.

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Photo via DoD

With Marine Corps Class A aviation mishaps at a five-year high, the branch’s decision back in April to extend the life of the AV-8B Harrier attack aircraft — an about-face from an earlier 2014 replacement program despite the jump-jet’s hazard-prone record — seemed strange. But a new internal Department of Defense investigation captures the stark consequences of the accident-prone aircraft’s newfound lease on life.

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Navy photo

The Navy T-45 Goshawk training aircraft that crashed Oct. 1, killing two pilots in Monroe County, Tennessee, carried a new monitoring system to help the pilots check oxygen pressure — a recent cockpit addition intended to fix persistent problems with the aircraft’s life-support systems.

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