There's terrible news from Nevada. Fellow blogger 'Neptunus Lex', in real life retired US Navy Captain Carroll LeFon, was killed yesterday when his Kfir fighter crashed (shown below). At the time, he was engaged in an 'adversary' mission to train US military pilots.
Military.com (to which Capt. LeFon contributed several articles) provides the following short biography:
Carroll "Lex" LeFon is an retired US Navy captain, incipient crank, rapidly aging curmudgeon and used-to-be naval aviator with over 4000 hours in fighter aircraft, predominantly the FA-18C Hornet. His operational experience includes seven carrier deployments, including several in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing UN Sanctions in the Southern No-Fly Zone over Iraq. After commanding an operational FA-18 squadron he reported to the USS Constellation in 2001, later serving as her Operations Officer in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shore tours include tours as instructor pilot in basic jet training, as an adversary instructor and as the Executive Officer of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).
He retired from the Navy in 2008, after serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training on two flag staffs. He is a 1982 graduate from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Political Science, with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School.
A condolence thread has been opened at 'Neptunus Lex' for those who wish to leave a comment. The US Naval Institute Blog also has at least two articles about his passing. I recommend all three links to your attention.
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
In memoria aeterna erit iustus,
ab auditione mala non timebit.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord :
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
He shall be justified in everlasting memory,
and shall not fear evil reports.
We've lost one of the 'best of the best'. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.