One pilot has been killed and another retrieved by Barack Obama’s security detail in two separate crashes of fighter planes from elite US military squadrons on the same day. In Tennessee a pilot from the navy’s Blue Angels squadron was killed on Thursday when his F/A-18 jet crashed in Smyrna, about 24 miles south-east of Nashville, a navy spokeswoman said. The crash occurred about two miles from an airport runway while the Blue Angels were practicing for a weekend air show, the navy said, adding that the cause of the crash was being investigated. The pilot with the Thunderbirds squadron ejected and landed unhurt when his F-16 jet crashed in a field while returning to Peterson air force base in Colorado, the air force said.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.