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USAir Force jet accidentally fires rocket into Arizona desert

10:25  06 september  2019
10:25  06 september  2019 Source:

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A US military jet unexpectedly released a rocket during what was supposed to be a routine training flight near Tucson, Arizona , according to military officials quick to add that the white phosphorus Was the aircraft just auditioning its desert -bombing skills in the hope of making it to Syria someday?

Pima Air Force graveyard in Tucson Arizona , hundreds of jets and bombers rotting away in the Arizona desert a very sad ending to these once proud warbirds.

The Air Force is investigating after a jet accidentally fired a rocket into the desert about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday.

Air Force jet accidentally fires rocket into Arizona desert © Tech. Sgt. Michael D. Morford IMAGE: A-10 Thunderbolt II

The Air Force said the jet, an A-10C Thunderbolt II, popularly known as the Warthog, "unintentionally released a single M-156 rocket" at about 10:40 a.m. while on a training mission.

No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The Air Force said the M-156, which fires white phosphorus smoke to help mark targets and start fires, went down in a desert wash about 60 miles northeast of Tucson in an uninhabited area under the Jackal Military Operations Area, which supports air-to-air and night training missions for Davis-Monthan and Luke Air Force bases.

"This training area is not designated for munitions release," the Air Force said.

The Warthog is assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan on Tucson.

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