Second Lt. Anthony D. Wentz Identified as Pilot Who Died in Talon Training Mishap

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Two Talon Training Aircraft collided on the runway at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas on Friday, according to the Aviation Safety Network. Two pilots were injured, one critically. One student pilot, 2Lt Anthony D. Wentz, 23, was killed. The incident is under investigation. Laughlin AFB is home to the 47th Flying Training wing, and uses the T-38C, the T-6A, and T-1A Training aircraft.

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The pilot who died in the aircraft mishap at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 19, has been identified as 2nd Lt. Anthony D Wentz, 23 years old. Wentz was a student pilot with the 47th Student Squadron and he is from Falcon, CO…

One pilot was killed and two pilots injured during a mishap involving two T-38C Talon trainer aircraft here at approximately 10:00 a.m. Nov. 19.

One of the injured pilots was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas, where they were treated and released. The other pilot is in critical condition and was evacuated by air to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“Losing teammates is unbelievably painful and it is with a heavy heart I express my sincere condolences,” said Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. “Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with our pilots involved in this mishap and their families.”

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Wentz was a graduate of West Point Military Academy.

In a May 2016 article about Falcon High School students who had been accepted to military academies, which appeared in in The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Wentz said he was eager to join his brother, who was finishing his freshman year at West Point.

“One of the perks is that it’s free,” Wentz said. “You get a paycheck every month and a really good education.”

Wentz’s father was in the Air Force, according to The Gazette. At the time the story was published, Wentz wanted to study mechanical engineering, like his brother, and become an Apache helicopter pilot.

“I’ve always wanted to serve in the military,” he said.

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As of 2018, there were 500 T-38C trainer aircraft in service in the United States. The trainer is set to be replaced in 2023 due to its age, though the plane has undergone constant upgrades. It was first introduced in 1961. The aircraft has had numerous training accidents, several of which were deadly.

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