James V. Mullen, 39, a major in the Air Force National Guard and a pilot for Northwest Airlines, was killed Friday when his Air National Guard jet aircraft F105 crashed in Dare County, N.C.

An Air National Guard spokesman said Maj. Mullen, who was attached to the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, was on an air-to-ground gunnery training mission at the time of the accident, which is being investigated by a board of officers.

A veteran Air Force pilot, Maj. Mullen was commissioned into the Air Force in 1961 after graduating from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. He served in Vietnam for a year in the mid-1960s and at Air Force installations around the country before resigning his commission in about 1969. i

He then worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines before rejoining the Air Force in about 1974. He was stationed at the Pentagon until about a year ago, when he returned to Northwest Airlines as a pilot.

Maj. Mullens was born in Des Moines. A Washington area resident since 1974, he lived in Burke.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne, a son, Mark C., and a daughter, Elizabeth, all of Burke; his parents, Joseph J. and Margaret Mullen of Minnetonka, Minn.; seven sisters, Mary Jo Lesch of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Kathy Ryan of Maple Grove, Minn., Margaret Markert of Lakeville, Minn., Maureen Waltman of Mankato, Minn., Colleen Peppard of St. Louis Park, Minn., Rosemary Williams of Chaska, Minn., and Terri Nelson of Talmoon, Minn.; five brothers, Joseph F., of Spring Green, Wis., Patrick R., of St. Cloud, Minn., and Timothy J., Michael P., and Matthew P., all of Minnetonka, and his grandmother, Lenora Warner of Minneapolis.