APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about the death of pilot Mike Mangold, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the Air Force fighter school he graduated from. It was called the US Air Force Fighter Weapons School at the time of his graduation, not the “Top Gun” fighter school.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Red Bull world champion dies in California jet crash
Two-time Red Bull world champion pilot dies in Southern California jet trainer crash
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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A two-time world champion Red Bull air racer has died in a jet crash in Southern California.
The company announced Monday that 60-year-old Mike Mangold was one of two people killed in Sunday’s crash at Apple Valley Airport northeast of Los Angeles.
Authorities say the two were in an L-39 — a high-performance jet trainer — when it crashed in a fireball shortly after takeoff. The other person on board hasn’t been identified.
Mangold, a graduate of the Air Force’s elite weapons school, flew jets for American Airlines and competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, winning the overall title in 2005 and 2007.
Red Bull says after retiring from competition, Mangold was a commentator and a pilot coach.