PORTLAND, Ore. — Two navy fighter jets flew to Portland today to deliver a special thank you.
They appreciated the help of two Air Force Reservists stationed with the 304th Rescue Squadron. The pararescue jumpers (PJ's) helped save lives during an awful aircraft malfunction at the naval base on Whidbey Island.
On December 16, 2016, three Navy F-18 jets warmed up at the Whidbey Island naval base alongside Puget Sound.
Suddenly something went very wrong.
“During the start sequence, one of the aircraft experienced an over pressurization,” said Commander Jon Crawford.
With the pilot and weapons officer inside, the pressure built to incredible, deadly levels.
“To the point where the cockpit failed and it exploded outward,” he said.
Commander Crawford said that has never happened before to an F-18.
The two on board, members of his squadron, were badly hurt and barely alive. He's not revealing their names.
Here's a bit more on that really bizarre cockpit overpressurization incident at NAS Whidbey back in December.
Making fun of the Air Force is fun and easy, but the PJ community is special, and having them there seems to have contributed greatly to saving the lives of two aviators.
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