Один пилот, Эрик Шульц, 28-й пилот по счету с разрешением летать на F-35, погиб
при крушении самолета на полигоне в 100 милях от авиабазы Неллис во время тренировочного
полета. Тип самолета не называется из секретности. Самолет был приписан к Командованию
материально-технического обеспечения ВВС США (Air Force Material Command).
Крушение произошло за день до падения пары A-10 на том же полигоне.
An experienced test pilot who flew the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is confirmed deceased, the Air Force said.
A pilot was killed in another plane crash this week at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the Air Force said.
Lt. Col. Eric Schultz died from injuries sustained in an accident in which an aircraft crashed around 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday at the range, located about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, according to a release from the base issued Friday evening.
The aircraft, the type of which wasn't specified, was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command and was flying a training mission at the time of the mishap, the release states.
"Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable," Maj. Christina Sukach, chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis, said in an email.
Schultz in 2011 was also named the 28th pilot to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a stealthy fifth-generation fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin Corp., according to information released by the Air Force and the manufacturer.
The deadly crash occurred a day before a pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft crashed at the same training range. Both pilots safely ejected in that incident, according to a separate release from Nellis issued Thursday.