Air Force pays widow after contractor killed in F-16 training exercise

  • The US government will pay $24.6 million to the widow of an Air Force contractor who was killed after an F-16 accidentally strafed his position, court records show.
  • The US government, through the Air Force, “was responsible for the acts and omissions” that occured during the live-fire nighttime training exercise in January 2017, a judge said.
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The US government will pay $24.6 million to the widow of an Air Force contractor who was killed after an F-16 accidentally strafed his position with 20 mm rounds, court records show.

Retired Master Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Holbrook, a former Tactical Air Control Party airman turned defense contractor, was killed during a nighttime live-fire training exercise at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on January 31, 2017.

Holbrook was killed “when an F-16 student pilot mistook the line of rental cars for the similarly aligned

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