Navy pilot killed in crash identified out of Lemoore Naval Air Station

Lt. Richard Bullock - U.S. Navy

Robert Kuwada

The Fresno Bee

The U.S. Navy pilot who was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed near Trona in San Bernardino County on Friday has been identified by officials as Lt. Richard Mackenzie Bullock.

Bullock, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 and based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, was flying a routine training mission when his aircraft went down in a remote, unpopulated area. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The scene has been secured by the Navy and local authorities.

Bullock, who was commissioned on Oct. 21, 2016, was from Montana.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, lands on the runway at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 8, 2021. Several NAS Lemoore VFAs brought F-18s for the 53rd Wing’s Weapons System Evaluation Program East 22.02 which assesses units on combat capabilities during air-to-air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)

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