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 [...]
Peterson AFB, CO– On 2 JUN, 2016, F-16C (91-0392) crashed on landing approach when “Something went wrong.” The aircraft was assigned to the 57th Aerial Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada. The aircraft was Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo. The aircraft was named “Sweet Baby Aurora 6”. Major Alex Turner safely ejected from the aircraft after steering [...]
What we did in our spare time at George AFB. We would roam the Mojave Desert with Warriors and Arrows.
Monck’s Corner, SC – At approximately 11:30 AM on 7 July, 2015, an F-16CM of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw AFB, South Carolina collided in midair with a civilian Cessna 150.
This could’ve gone South quick, but no one was hurt.
Piloting a vintage 1942 PT-22 “Recruit”, Harrison Ford made an emergency landing on the eighth hole of the Penmar Golf Course in Mar Vista, California.