Pilots from the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing prepare to leave Lask Air Base, Poland June 22, 2015. South Carolina Air National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder/Handout via REUTERS
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Two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots ejected safely after an apparent midair collision in eastern Georgia, the Guard said.The jets were assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing, which operates out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina.The base commander, Col. Nicholas Gentile, said the two pilots are among the most experienced in the unit.The 169th Fighter Wing has 28 of the aircraft.U.S. F/A 18 jet fighters from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort also were flying nighttime operations and contacted officials to help locate the pilots, Gentile said.Gentile was heading to the crash scene Wednesday, McEntire spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cindi King said.
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