Pilot Missing After F-16 Crash, Saturday Update: An F-16 assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz., crashed Friday about noon some 50 miles northwest of Wickenburg in the Buckskin Mountains, reports the Arizona Republic. According to an initial USAF statement, the pilot, whose name is being withheld, was on an air-to-air training mission. Saturday: In a subsequent statement, USAF said the F-16 wreckage had been spotted about 10:30 p.m. Friday night in a remote area and rugged terrain. A helicopter took a search and rescue party in to the site. SAR actions continued through the night and into Saturday, but there was no word on the pilot.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.