Details Of Pilot Rescue In F-15 Crash In Libya Released
Posted March 23rd, 2011 by USNavySeals
In a previous post, we shared that an Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jet went down over Libya late Monday. The good news, however, is that the crew of the jet were able to eject before the crash. A feature on the Navy Times shared details the operation to recover the crew of the downed jet.
The Times reported that the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, was called to perform a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel (TRAP) mission about 12:55 a.m. local time. The call came out a little more than an hour after the crew of the F-15 – the pilot and a backseat weapons officer – ejected from the aircraft, at around 11:30 p.m.
The operation involved dozens of Marines, seven Marine aircraft, and two dropped bombs, according to information shared by a senior Marine officer. The Times shared further that it was the first high-profile TRAP mission for the U.S. military since the rescue of Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady in Bosnia in 1995, by the 24th MEU.