These things drop like flies. Especially in training. There’s a hill right off the approach end of runway 08/26 called “Five Spot Hill”. There are five caves at the top that look like the five spots on a dice, hence the name. This MQ-1 smacked right into it while trying to land. Nothing like crashing [...]
On May 25th 1982, Squadron Leader Roy Lawrence and his RIO Lt. Alistair Inverarity of RAF 92 Squadron were sitting in their McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV (SN: XV422) on ZULU alert at RAF Wildenrath.
1978 was a bad year for the Thud drivers at George AFB. It was said you could go down to Thud Ops and watch pilots push each out of the door. Pilot A: “You fly the Bitch!” [shove] Pilot B: “Oh Hell no! I flew this morning. You fly the Bitch!” [shove] The truth was [...]
The North Sea,22 NOV 1975- Captain Jim Evans (33), pilot and Lt George Kuprian (29), WSO flying an F-4D Phantom II (66-0256) call sign “Trest One” were conducting air combat training over the North sea, 60 to 80 miles east of Great Yarmouth. Nearest…” (Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk, east England). Trest Two was flown by Frank Chuba. Trest Three was flown by Ed Daniel. The aircraft was assigned to the 492nd TFS (48th TFW), RAF Lakenheath, UK.
INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev., Jan. 18, 1982— At 0923 PST, four T-38A’s (68-8156, 8175, 8176 & 8184) from an Air Force Thunderbirds Team crashed, one after another, into the Nevada desert , killing all four pilots. The Air Force said the four planes struck nose first into the sand while practicing a ”loop” maneuver, . ”The [...]
F-16C, 90-0718. A maintenance crew was performing a hot oil servicing run following a phase inspection in front of nose dock 7. The aircraft traveled approximately 400 feet and came to a stop on the right wingtip, right main landing gear and nose landing gear.
Dayton, OH- 23 JUN 2017, at 1230 HRS a two seat Thunderbird F-16D was taxing to a staging area after landing when a gust of wind forced from the taxiway and into the grass. At this time the aircraft flipped onto its back. The two man crew was extracted with minor injuries. The crew consisted [...]
If you’ve spent any time in the military you know it’s a true war/sea story when it starts, “This is no shit”.
As I turned to the runway, 269 was just lifting off and “flop” the left wing folds up. I was thinking, “Where’s this thing going to crash?”