Air Force Identifies Pilot Of Crashed F-111
LONDON (AP) _ The pilot killed when his U.S. Air Force F-111 bomber crashed in Scotland this week was identified Friday as Capt. Taylor F. Stem, of Sherman, Texas.
Stem, 27, was assigned to the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Lakenheath, said Capt. Leslie Fraze of the 3rd U.S. Air Force headquarters.
Stem and a weapons system operator, Capt. Phillip D. Baldwin of Kansas City, Mo., were killed Tuesday when their plane crashed during a low-level training flight about 30 miles south of Edinburgh.
The Air Force said the F-111, a tactical strike aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons, was on a ″routine training flight″ at the time of the crash, meaning it was carrying practice munitions or dummy bombs.
The Air Force is still investigating what caused the crash, Ms. Fraze said.