Marine pilot safe after ejecting over the Arabian Gulf

U.S. fighter pilot rescued after ejecting from warplane

March 20th:

A U.S. Marine fighter pilot ejected from his aircraft over the north Arabian Sea on Tuesday and was rescued after parachuting into the water, the Navy said.

The pilot was flying a single-seat F/A-18C Super Hornet based aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis when he ejected from his fighter Tuesday afternoon. The plane crashed into the sea, the Navy said in an announcement. It did not explain the circumstances of the incident.

The plane was not shot down, Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown said from the 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain. The carrier, which is homeported in Bremerton, Wash., has been operating off the southern coast of Iran and Pakistan.

F/A-18Cs are not “Super Hornets”, they’re just plain ol’ Hornets.

The pilot is in Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, the same squadron that lost two pilots when two Hornets collided over Iraq in 2005 when it was flying off of the Vinson.