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    Navy F-5N Goes Down off Key West, Prompting Helicopter Rescue

    Navy F-5N Goes Down off Key West, Prompting Helicopter Rescue

    A Navy pilot had to eject from a training jet and was rescued from the ocean near Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, according to the service.

    The F-5N aircraft went into the water about 25 miles from Boca Chica Field on Wednesday morning. The pilot was assigned to Fighter Squadron Composite 111, known as the “Sun Downers,” based at Naval Station Key West, a Navy statement said.

    The launched an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and rescued the pilot, who was taken “to a -area hospital for further evaluation,” the service said.

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    Naval Air Station Key West is located on one of the final islands in the Florida Keys archipelago, close to the of Key West and about 130 miles to 165 miles from Miami.

    The pilot, who has not been identified by the service, was flying a single-seater F-5N “Adversary Aircraft” — a jet operated by the Navy to simulate enemy jets in training exercises.

    A website for the annual Key West Air Show noted that all of the pilots in the Sun Downers squadron “are former F/A-18 Hornet pilots and most are Top Gun graduates,” referring to the prestigious Navy flight training school that draws the service's top pilots.

    The squadron is composed of both active-duty and reservist personnel. The Navy did not specify the status of the pilot in this incident.

    According to a Navy fact sheet, all of the F-5Ns in the Navy's possession…

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