BY CURTIS TUCKER

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – On Monday, June 13, a T-38C Talon training aircraft was performing a routine mission over the Ringwood, Oklahoma, area when the canopy unexpectedly separated from the aircraft.

Both pilots on board landed safely at Vance AFB and were unharmed. Following protocol, the pilots were evaluated at the 71 st Medical Group on base.

“We train our pilots to be the best in the world and thoroughly prepare them for any kind of emergency,” said Col. Jay Johnson, 71 st Flying Training Wing commander. “Our Airmen are our most important resource. We train our pilots to expect the unexpected and this is an outstanding example of our pilots showcasing their skills.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

For questions, please call the Vance AFB Public Affairs office at (580) 213–5250.