A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing lands at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 5, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks)

TAMPA — A fuel tanker jet serving as a flying classroom made an emergency landing at MacDill Air Force Base Thursday.

The 21 passengers on board the so-called STEAM flight were local middle school students on a flight to promote women in aviation, said Lt. Brandon Hanner, spokesman with the 6th Air Refueling Wing. All of the girls exited the plane safely.

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DALLAS — The initial shock was so violent from the blown engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that Tammie Jo Shults thought there had been a midair collision.

"We couldn't see, we couldn't breathe, and a piercing pain stabbed our ears, all while the aircraft snapped into a rapid roll and skidded hard to the left as the nose of the aircraft pitched over, initiating a dive toward the ground," Shults wrote in her book Nerves of Steel, which was released Oct. 8.

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Four U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons from the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing fly in formation during air refueling training in Swedish airspace, Feb. 8, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Luke Milano)

An F-16 fighter jet with the 180th Fighter Wing performed an emergency landing Tuesday morning at Toledo Express Airport after an onboard weapon jammed during training.

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A U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber made an emergency landing at Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday morning, NBC News affiliate KOAA News reports.

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The emergency landing of a B-1B Lancer bomber at Midland International Air Space Port in Midland County, Texas on May 1st reportedly involved heroic action on the part of the crew to save both the aircraft and a potentially stranded crewmember following a serious ejector seat malfunction.

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It should come as no surprise that the heroic pilot who landed a stricken Southwest Airlines 737 after its engine exploded and shattered a window is former Navy fighter pilot.

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