February 21, 2008 / 2:00 AM / 12 years ago

Two F-15s collide in midair near Florida coast

F-15 fighter jets from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida in Daytona Beach, Florida February 14, 2008. Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter planes collided in midair on Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida, during a training mission, officials said. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter planes collided in midair on Wednesday over the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida, during a training mission, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered one pilot and a second was reported missing after the one-seat F-15C Eagles crashed at 4:21 p.m. EST (2121 GMT) about 50 miles south of Tyndall Air Force Base.

The recovered pilot’s condition was not immediately known.

The planes were from the Air Force’s 33rd Fighter Wing based at Eglin Air Force Base, near Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by John O'Callaghan

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