Lt Kenneth Allen with wife Hannah Allen
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F-15 Crash: Pilot's Widow Pays Tribute To 'Perfect' Husband

Lt Kenneth Allen died after his F-15C aircraft crashed off the north-east coast of England on Monday morning.

Lt Kenneth Allen with wife Hannah Allen

The wife of a US Air Force pilot who was killed when their F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed over the North Sea yesterday has paid tribute to her husband.

First Lieutenant Kenneth Allen was assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

Lt Allen joined up with the 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, in February.

Lt Allen, also known as 'Kage', is survived by his wife, Hannah Allen, and his parents.

Mrs Allen, who married her husband in a civil ceremony in February this year, described him as “the love of my life".

"No words to express how shaken I am," she said.

“Kage was perfect, never been treated with more love and respect in my life."

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron," said Colonel Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing Commander.

"The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness."

The F-15C aircraft, from 48th Fighter Wing, crashed at around 09:30 UK time on Monday morning with only the pilot on board.

Col Marshall said on Monday that the cause of the crash was "unknown".

Watch: F-15 'one of the safest fast jets that's out there'.

The F-15C, a single-seater air defence fighter, is a model of jet that has been used by the US Air Force since 1979.

John Sneller, head of aviation at Janes, said the aircraft is "one of the safest fast jets that's out there".

"In 40 years it's had many modifications and upgrades to keep it safe," he said.

"Its safety record as an aircraft, as an airframe, is very good indeed," Mr Sneller added.

Royal Air Force spokesman Martin Tinworth said the aircraft has an "exceptional flight safety record".

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force-operated base in England.

The 48th Fighter Wing, which has operated from the base since 1960, has more than 4,500 active-duty military members.

Cover image: Hannah Allen/Facebook.