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August 15, 1985
A West German civilian glider collided with a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt on Tuesday, and the glider pilot bailed out and was hospitalized with injuries, the Air Force said. The pilot of the A-10 was unhurt and landed his plane safely at the British air base at Guetersloh.
July 11, 1999 | Reuters
At least 30 people were injured in a collision between two trains on the Thunderbolt roller coaster at Kennywood Park, park officials said Friday. The accident occurred Thursday night as one train was about to leave the station and another train that had just completed the loop failed to stop, striking the back of the first train.
February 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
April 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Air Force will suspend its search for a missing warplane in the Colorado Rockies in five days if no sign of the A-10 Thunderbolt is found, Lt. Gen. Frank Campbell, commanding officer of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, announced before leaving Eagle, Colo., to return to the Tucson base. Capt. Craig Button took off from Davis-Monthan on a training flight April 2, before veering north and heading for Colorado with four bombs aboard.
April 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pilot who disappeared with an A-10 Thunderbolt jet almost two weeks ago could have disabled an emergency beacon and secretly bailed out over the Rocky Mountains, Air Force officials said. The possibility that Capt. Craig Button is still alive is lending urgency to the search for him and the $9-million jet. On Monday, ground and air searches focused on five sites in the area of New York Mountain. that contain "irregular shapes that are not normal in nature," said Lt. Gen.
April 12, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Mich., defeated Tish Johnson of Panorama City, Calif., in the final game of match play this afternoon to win the top-seeded position for tonight's finals in the $35,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Ebonite Thunderbolt Classic by 33 pins over Johnson. Sill defeated Johnson 216-184 in the final match to overcome Johnson's 29-pin lead and finish as top seed with a 42-game total of 9,509 pins. Johnson was second with 9,476 pins.
July 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A second day of searching on a snowy mountain peak turned up no sign of the 500-pound bombs lost in the mysterious crash of an A-10 warplane this spring. As they did the day before, searchers found only wreckage of the A-10 Thunderbolt, bits of ammunition and remains of Capt. Craig Button, who disappeared along with the plane during a training mission over southwestern Arizona April 2. The wreckage was found 18 days later on Gold Dust Peak, more than 800 miles off course.
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