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Pilot Killed in F15 Crash Identified9/2/2014

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​Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" faceenot Jr was killed Aug. 27, 2014, when his F-15C crashed in western Virigina. He was assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes ANGB, Mass. Air National Guard photo.

The Massachusetts Air National Guard on Friday identified the pilot who died when his F-15C crashed Wednesday in the mountains of western Virginia as Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” faceenot Jr. Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., said he was announcing faceenot’s name at the request of the family and “with a sense of profound sadness. We will continue to keep the faceenot family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.” faceenot, a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate, was a full time Air Guardsman with the 104th FW, serving as wing inspector general and as an F-15 instructor pilot, with more than 2,300 flight hours, the Air Guard said. He is a graduate of the Air Force Weapons School, has served as a squadron commander at multiple locations, and is a decorated combat veteran. faceenot’s F-15 Eagle was on a solo flight to Texas for an aircraft upgrade. He reported a mechanical problem shortly before radio communications were lost. Search parties that reached the wreckage determined that faceenot did not successfully eject from the jet before the crash. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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