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Crash involved veteran Navy airmen

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Old August 2nd 03, 10:49 PM
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Crash involved veteran Navy airmen

(EXCERPT) 22 years experience between them

From staff reports

The pilot and flight officer who survived the Thursday crash of their
Navy S-3B Viking in northeastern Oglethorpe County were identified in
a Friday news release from the Navy. The release identifies the pilot
of the downed jet as Lt. Steve ''Bull'' Allum, a 29-year-old with
seven years in the Navy. Allum has logged more than 1,250 hours in the
S-3B, including 319 aircraft carrier landings. The flight officer is
Lt. Jack Thomas ''Bilbo'' Hurley. Hurley has been in the Navy for more
than 15 years, including time as an enlisted sailor. He has more than
1,000 hours of flight time in the S-3B, including 289 carrier
landings. Both men are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Allum and Hurley are
assigned to Sea Control Squadron 24, the ''Scouts,'' at Jacksonville
(Fla.) Naval Air Station, which operates eight SB-3 Vikings. They were
on a routine training mission when their plane went down shortly
before 11:30 a.m. They had left Jacksonville at 9:15 a.m. and were due

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