The head of Naval Air Forces has ordered all non-deployed aviation units to conduct a safety stand down following a pair of crashes last week, reports the command.
On Monday, Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell ordered the standdown to give aviation units an opportunity to focus on improving operational risk management and mitigation.
On Oct. 20, an F/A-18E Super Hornet went down near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. The pilot ejected safely.
Then, on Oct. 23, a T-6B Texan II...