In a recent aviation incident – that reportedly happened on September 25 – an F-16A Fighting Falcon jet, associated with the esteemed Top Gun program, encountered damage during recovery at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. The mishap, categorized as a Class A incident by the Naval Safety Center, has sparked interest and concern within the military community.

The F-16A, a single-seat fighter aircraft, plays a crucial role in aviation combat training, specifically serving in an adversary capacity. While the incident occurred during recovery, resulting in damage to the “left tire or main mount,” the exact circumstances leading to this mishap are still under investigation by the Navy.

Top Gun and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center

According to, the F-16A involved in the incident was assigned to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, a key institution located in Fallon, Nevada. This center is renowned for hosting the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course, widely known as Top Gun.

Established in 1969 as the US Navy Fighter School, Top Gun has evolved into the most demanding air combat syllabus globally.