Watch: F-14 Tomcat Explode And Crash During A Supersonic Flyover
The following video shows the tragic moments of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft exploding and crashing during a supersonic flyover over the USS John Paul Jones.
On the 20th of September 1995, an F-14A Tomcat fighter aircraft crashed near John Paul Jones. The Tomcat performed a high-speed flyby, during which the engine exploded due to a failure in compression. The crash happened 55 miles away from the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Although this explosion looks horrific in the video, the pilot and the weapons system survived this crash. They ejected before the explosion and survived with only minor 2nd-degree burns.
Two aviators were safely recovered by a USS John Paul Jones’ small boat shortly after the crash of the aircraft in the water approximately 56 miles from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). USS John Paul Jones is a part of the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group and the F-14 fighter jet was from the Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213), based at Naval Air Station Miramar, California.