April 22, 1989 |
An Air Force SR-71 Blackbird spy plane crashed into the South China Sea during a reconnaissance mission, the government said Friday. The plane in question, a 22-year-old aircraft manufactured by Lockheed and targeted for retirement in the Air Force's fiscal 1990 budget, crashed into the water Thursday evening EDT, an Air Force spokesman said. "The crew reported engine failure shortly after takeoff" from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, he added. "Both crew members ejected and were taken to Clark Air Base, the Philippines, in good condition."
April 18, 1989 |
A U.S. A-10 Tankbuster plane crashed near the eastern English town of Cambridge on Monday, killing the unidentified pilot, police said. A second crew member ejected safely from the heavily-armed plane, used for low-level ground support missions.
April 7, 1989 |
Two U.S. Air Force jet aircraft crewmen killed while flying simulated combat missions on the sprawling Nellis Air Force Base gunnery range were identified Thursday as 1st Lt. Robert E. Boland Jr., the pilot, and Capt. James A. Gleason, weapons officer. The Air Force said Boland, 25, of Columbus, Miss., and Gleason, 32, of Dayton, Ohio, were participating in an exercise staged out of Nellis Air Force Base when their plane crashed Wednesday afternoon about 60 miles southeast of Tonopah.
April 6, 1989 |
Two flight crewmen were killed Wednesday when their F-111 fighter-bomber crashed in war games on the Nellis Air Force Base bombing range, Air Force officials said. The crewmen's names were withheld pending notification of relatives. Their jet crashed about 4:30 p.m. on the range north of Las Vegas, said Air Force Maj. Victor Andrijauskas. The crewmen were assigned to a unit operating out of Lakenheath, England, and were participating in Red Flag training exercises.
March 31, 1989 |
The Air Force has inspected 34 of its B-1B bombers without finding more problems with a wing mechanism that malfunctioned earlier this week but has decided that a more extensive safety inspection is needed. "We have decided to devise another type of inspection, a more thorough inspection in the same wing area, in the interests of safety to ensure we're looking at everything we need to look at," Col. Larry Greer, a spokesman for the Strategic Air Command, said Thursday.
February 22, 1989 |
A man has died of injuries sustained in the crash of a U.S. Air Force jet in Remscheid in December, bringing the death toll to seven, officials said Tuesday. Truck driver Paul Gerd Kuepper, 47, died in a hospital Feb. 11 from burns, according to authorities in Remscheid, 24 miles northeast of Cologne. Fifty people were injured when an A-10 Thunderbolt II warplane crashed into a residential area Dec. 8.
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.
February 19, 1989 |
The U.S. Air Force confirmed Saturday that the pilot of an F-16 jet fighter plane was killed when his aircraft crashed Tuesday during military exercises north of Manila. A spokeswoman for Clark Air Base identified the pilot as Lt. Josh Levin, 30, of Beverly Hills, Calif. Levin was assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Kunsan, South Korea. His plane took off from Clark, 50 miles north of Manila, for air exercises but failed to rendezvous with other aircraft.