August 31, 1990 |
The Pentagon has released the identities of the 13 U.S. Air Force members who were killed and the four injured in the C-5 cargo plane crash early Wednesday near Ramstein Air Base in West Germany. Killed were Maj. John M. Gordon, pilot; Maj. Richard W. Chase, pilot; Maj. Richard M. Price, pilot; Senior Master Sgt. Carpio Villarreal Jr., flight engineer; Master Sgt. Rosendo Herrera, flight engineer; Tech. Sgt. Daniel G. Perez, loadmaster; Tech. Sgt. Lonty A. Knutson, crew chief; Staff Sgt.
January 21, 1988 |
A freak collision with a large bird--probably a 15- to 20-pound pelican--brought down a $280-million B-1B bomber on a test flight over Colorado last September, the Air Force said Wednesday in its official investigation report on the accident. The bird slammed into the plane as the craft was traveling at 600 m.p.h. and the bomber's thin aluminum skin was ruptured just above the right engines, ripping a critical hydraulic line and starting a 3,000-degree fuel fire that doomed the giant jet.
August 3, 1989 |
An F-14 Tomcat fighter based at Miramar Naval Air Station plunged into the sea off Point Loma on Wednesday, but both crewmen ejected safely and were rescued, authorities said. It was the fourth crash of a Miramar-based F-14 since December, and the 102nd since the fighter was introduced into service in 1972. Just last week, a Miramar-based F-14 crashed near San Clemente Island. Both crewmen ejected safely. Navy spokesman Cmdr.
February 21, 1989
An Air Force cargo plane with eight people on board crashed and exploded in a swampy forest north of Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle, officials said. The C-141 Starlifter plane left from Norton Air Force Base, which is 60 miles east of Los Angeles, refueled in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was on its final approach to land at Hurlburt, when air traffic controllers from adjacent Eglin Air Force Base suddenly lost radio and radar contact, officials said.
October 6, 1989 |
Crew members of a crippled B-1B bomber that made an emergency landing here said Thursday that they had considered bailing out but decided against it after officials from Rockwell International, the plane's builder, persuaded them that the aircraft could land safely.
March 8, 1988 |
An F-5 fighter crashed on takeoff Monday at this Florida Panhandle air base, killing the pilot, an Air Force spokesman said. The single-seat supersonic jet, assigned to Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix, had stopped at the Florida base while on a cross-country training mission. The cause of the crash was under investigation.