Thursday, March 29, 2012

Air Force identifies Mountain Home pilot who died in Wednesday fighter crash

Capt. Francis "Piston" Imlay, 31, an F-15 pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base was killed Wednesday in a crash near an air base in the Middle East. The child is Imlay's son. Imlay was from Vacaville, Calif. COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE 

Capt. Francis D. Imlay, 31, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, died the crash near an unidentified base in Southwest Asia Wednesday.The Department of Defense identified the pilot Thursday.

 Imlay is from Vacaville, Calif., according to a Department of Defense news release.Officials say another crew member from Mountain Home was injured in Wednesday's crash and treated for minor injuries. 

More than 300 airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing in Mountain Home are deployed to support F15E missions helping deliver combat air support for joint fighting operations. The region includes operations in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

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