Laughlin Air Force Base identified the pilot killed in a crash Friday morning involving two T-38C jets as a student-in-training.
Second Lt. Anthony D. Wentz, 23, of Falcon, Colo., A student pilot with the 47th Student Squadron, was killed in the crash at a runway at the base in Texas.
Wentz was a graduate of the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Two other pilots were injured, including one seriously, in Friday’s crash.
The pilot in critical condition was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, the 47th Flying Training Wing said in a statement Friday evening. The other injured pilot was treated and released from the Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, where the base is located along the border with Mexico.
“A loss like this affects us all, but one thing we never fail to do in times of crisis is to come together, support each other and respond,” said Col. Craig Prather, commander. of the 47th Flight Training Wing. “Our goal remains to support the families involved and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them and our teammates today.”
In a May 2016 article about Falcon High School students who had been accepted into military academies, which appeared 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 benefits 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 always wanted to serve in the military,” he said.
The Air Force did not disclose any information on the circumstances of the accident, which occurred at around 10 a.m. on Friday and is under investigation.
Laughlin is home to the 47th Flight Training Wing, one of the service’s three centers to teach US airmen the basics of flight.
Nearly 3,000 employees provide specialized undergraduate flight training to approximately 500 students from the United States and Allied nations annually using the T-1A Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon.