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  1970

25th November 1970
USAF
A-7 Corsair II 69-6204 Training at Luke AFB Crashed during practice landings at Gila Bend Auxillairy Air Field CAPT Kenneth L. Blankenship
[Myrtle Beach AFB]
killed
x Douglas Escapac

 

  1971

4th November 1971 USAF A-7D Corsair II 157448 VA-81 Near Salt Lake City Pilot ejected x Douglas Escapac

 

  1972

13th January 1972
USAF
A-7 Corsair II 68-8221 ARPS Crashed and burned about five miles north of Mojave, 18 miles north west of Edwards AFB Pilot
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
19th March 1972 USAF A-7D Corsair II 69-6211 58th TFW
Myrtle Beach AFB
x Pilot
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
20th March 1972 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-0950 355th TFS /354th TFW 5 miles north of Conway x x Douglas Escapac
7th August 1972 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-0997 355th TFW 9 miles south of Wilcox, AZ x x Douglas Escapac
29th September 1972 USN or USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x North of Tonopah x x Douglas Escapac
2nd December 1972 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0312 353rd TFS / 354th TFW
Korat
Near Barthelemy Pass, Laos border Capt Anthony Cameron Shine
KIA
Douglas Escapac
24th December 1972
USAF
A-7D
Corsair II
71-0310 353rd TFS / 354th TFW Mid-air with O-1G [Captain Paul Vernon "Skip" Jackson III ("RAVEN 21")] near Xiangkohang, Laos Charles Francis "Chuck" Riess ejected captured immediately upon landing

PoW

Douglas Escapac

·     

 

  1973

11th January 1973 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0316 355th TFS / 345th TFW 20 miles north east of Udorn Pilot ejected x Douglas Escapac
17th February 1973
USAF
A-7D Corsair II 70-0949 354th TFS / 355th TFW near Nakhon Phanom
RTAFB, Thailand
Maj J J Gallagher ejected
picked up by the base HH‑43 Huskie
  Escapac

Also, I recall the 17th February 1973 A-7D bailout near Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand. I was the navigator on a ABCCC C-130 orbiting off the Nakhon Phanom VORTAC and listened to the guard channel communicating between the pilot and the ground. He stayed with the aircraft until he crossed the Mekong river out of Laos, then bailed out just as he reached the Thailand side of the river. His last words before bailout were "assuming the position......going."

Lt Col Thomas M Sanders
USAF Retired
in email 15th February 2007

1st March 1973 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0319 74th TFS / 23rd TFW 4 miles south east of DeRidder x x Douglas Escapac
3rd May 1973 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0305 3rd TFS / 388th TFW 20 miles north west of Phnom Penn 1LT T L Dickens
ejected
rescued by HH-53C
x Douglas Escapac
25th May 1973 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-0945 345th TFW Cambodia Capt Jeremiah Frederick Costello
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
15th June 1973 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-1024 355th TFW
Howard AFB
3 miles south of air base, Panama x x Douglas Escapac
31st July 1973 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0378 57th FWW Crashed during night-time low level bomb training excercise, Beatty, NV Lt. Col Guy E Pulliam
killed
Douglas Escapac
FEEDBACK


The A7-D crash you have listed on your website that occured on 31 July, 1973 was piloted by my father, Lt. Col Guy E Pulliam. At the time, he commanded the A-7-D squadron assigned to the USAF Fighter Weapons School. The accident happened during a nighttime low level bomb training excercise. He did not eject from the aircraft.

Guy Pulliam Jr
in email 7th September 2012

20th September 1973 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0336 76th TFS /23rd TFW 2 miles north east of Hornbeck x x Douglas Escapac
2nd
November 1973


USAF

A-7D Corsair II

70-0938 388th TFW

 Flameout near Korat RTAFB

Pilot
ejected

 

Douglas Escapac

I was stationed at Korat RTAFB for the year, and I remember the 2nd November 1973 A-7D bailout. The pilot was on initial for an overhead
approach to Korat and flamed out.  A "RAT" (Ram Air Turbine) would deploy automatically after flame-out to produce hydraulic pressure, but a
peculiarity of the A-7 was that if the RAT failed the aircraft could pitch hard over and crash from that low altitude. The procedure was to bailout
immediately. The plane slowly glided away from the base and crashed. By the time a team from the base arrived at the site, local Thais had beaten them to it and carried off large parts of the wreck.

Lt Col Thomas M Sanders
USAF Retired
in email 15th February 2007

23rd December 1973 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0328 3rd TFS / 388th TFW Thailand x x Douglas Escapac
 

 

  1974

1st May 1974 USAF A-7D Corsair II 73-0998 10Tth TFS CO ANG Northwest oF Delhi, CO x Douglas Escapac
28th May 1974 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0357 75th TFS /23rd TFW
Bradshaw AAF
4 miles east of air base x x Douglas Escapac
30th August 1974 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-03463 23rd TFW Singer La x x Douglas Escapac
2nd October 1974 USAF A-7D Corsair II 68-8227 354th TFS / 355th TFW
Davis Monthan AFB
x x x Douglas Escapac
19th December 1974 USAF A-7D Corsair II 69-6189 233rd TFS / 355th TFW 16 miles from Douglas, Az. x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1975

12th May 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 73-0993 354th TFS / 355th TFW 21 miles fom Ajo, AZ x x Douglas Escapac
Saturday 31st May 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 69-6224 353rd TFS / 354th TFW 20 miles from MCAS Chery Point, NC x x Douglas Escapac
Jul-75 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
9th July 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0375 76th TFS / 23rd TFW
England AFB, LA
x x x Douglas Escapac
21st July 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0373 74th TFS / 23rd TFW
England AFB, LA
x x x Douglas Escapac
31st July 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-1051 354th TFS / 355th TFW
Davis-Monthan AFB
Crashed on runway x x Douglas Escapac
31st July 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0306 355th TFS / 354th TFW 30 miles from MCAS Chery Point, NC x x Douglas Escapac
4th August 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0372 57th FWW 15 miles east of Tonopah Pilot
killed
x Douglas Escapac
21st August 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0210 76th TFS / 23rd TFW Fort hood, TX x x Douglas Escapac
27th August 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0172 76th TFS / 23rd TFW
Elgin AFB
Crashed 15 miles east north east from air base Capt. William N. Clark
33
Killed
x Douglas Escapac
  26 August—A Ling-Temco-Vought A-7D-12-CV Corsair II, 72-0172, of the 23rd TFW, 76th TFS, crashes on an Eglin AFB, Florida, test range during night training mission. Pilot killed.
11th November 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-1018 120th TFS CO ANG
Buckley ANGB
Mid-Air with 71-0340 x x Douglas Escapac
11th November 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0340 120th TFS CO ANG
Buckley ANGB
Mid-Air with 70-1018 x x Douglas Escapac
15th December 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0204 75th TFS / 23rd TFW
England AFB, LA
4 miles north west of air base x x Douglas Escapac
23rd December 1975 USAF A-7D Corsair II 67-14586 4246th TW  Engine failure on take-off from Tallahassee MAP, FL. Made forced landing. x x Douglas Escapac

  1976

3rd March 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0265 188th TFS NM ANG
Holloman AFB
35 miles south of air base x x Douglas Escapac
7th June 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0174 76th TFS / 23rd TFW 15 miles south south west of Mellan, NV x x Douglas Escapac
20th September 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0351 355th TFW Cloverdale, NM x x Douglas Escapac
27th September 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 74-1753 74th TFS / 23rd TFW 60 miles from Indian Springs AFAF, NV x x Douglas Escapac
22nd October 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 69-6238 354th TFW
Nellis AFB
Crashed 110 miles from airbase Pilot killed x Douglas Escapac
26th October 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0207 23rd TFS Mansfield. LA x x Douglas Escapac
6th December 1976 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-1015 x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1977

8th February 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0185 x x x x Douglas Escapac
24th March 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 69-6228 x x x x Douglas Escapac
7th April 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 75-0404 x x x x Douglas Escapac
15th April 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 73-1003 x x x x Douglas Escapac
22nd September 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0299 x x x x Douglas Escapac
Oct-77 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0355 x x x x Douglas Escapac
9th December 1977 USAF A-7 Corsair II 73-0995 x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1978

31st January 1978 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-0968
MB
354th TFW
Myrtle Beach AFB, SC, USA
Crashed in Nevada     Douglas Escapac
7th February 1978 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0348
EL
23rd TFW Crashed two and a half nautical miles west southwest of Gatun, Panama Canal Zone, Panama     Douglas Escapac
Apr-78 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? 120th TFS
CO ANG
  Pilot killed   Douglas Escapac
1st May 1978 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0300
or
72-0263

confirm

188th TFS NM ANG Collided with A-7D 22 miles east north east of Socorro New Mexico Captain John E. Lackey
killed
Douglas Escapac
1st May 1978 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0300
or
72-0263
confirm
188th TFS NM ANG Collided with A-7D 22 miles east north east of Socorro New Mexico Pilot killed   Douglas Escapac
Tuesday 2nd May 1978
09:30
USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0313 120th TFS
CO ANG
Buckley ANG Base
Crashed four and a half miles south west of Carson, CO USA Major Joseph B. Mandel
39
killed
x Douglas Escapac
25th July 1978 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0331 23rd TFW Collided over the Hill Air Force Base Bombing and Gunnery Range
about 30 miles west of Delta, Utah, USA. with F-106
 
Captain Berthold Bangert
28
ejected safely
x Douglas Escapac
25th July 1978 USAF F-106 59-0054   Collided over the Hill Air Force Base Bombing and Gunnery Range
about 30 miles west of Delta, Utah, USA. with  A-7D Corsair
 lost its nose cone but landed safely at Michael Army Air Field, Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah
Col. Allen Wolf,
McChord AFB
   
26th July 1978 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0183 76th TFS
23rd TFW
Iowa ANG
Routine training mission practising low level weapons delivery.
Crashed into Lake George Testing site, near Ocala National Forest..
LT COL Jerry Edwards
48
killed
x Douglas Escapac
26th October 1978
USAF
A7-D Corsair II 69-6240 355th TFW
Davis Monthan
Engine failure over populated area over the university, Tucson, Arizona
One ground fatality
Captain Fredrick Ashler
ejected
  Escapac
[Captain Ashler stayed with the crippled aircraft and ejected successfully at an altitude of less than 100 feet]
10th December 1978
0800
USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0203 England Air Force Base, La Crashed at the end of the runway shortly after take off Pilot ejected safely   Douglas Escapac
                 
                 
                 

 

 

  1979

28th February 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0196 x x x x Douglas Escapac
Sunday 25th March 1979
USAF
A-7D Corsair II 70-0930 185th TFG
Iowa ANG
Went into spin during practice DAC training. Crashed on the Merton-Dierks Ranch
 
1st LT Gary Cranmer
27
[Auroro, Col]
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
12th April 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 73-1001 x x x x Douglas Escapac
24th April 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0264 x x x x Douglas Escapac
16th May 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-0977 x x x x Douglas Escapac
12th July 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 74-1754 x x x x Douglas Escapac
Jul 13, 1979
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (UPI)-Mai. Benny C. Watkins. 34. nf. Pineville, La., was killed Thursday when his A-7D jet fighter crashed during a combat ...
13th October 1979 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0326 x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1980

14th January 1980 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0181 x x x x Douglas Escapac
Wednesday 16th January 1980 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0181 ?? 23rd TFW
based England AFB, Louisiana, Nellis AFB
Combat training during Red Flag exercise in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Crashed 30 miles west of Panacain the desert LT Ernest J. Strauch
ejected
  Douglas
Escapac
8th March 1980 USAF A-7 Corsair II 69-6205 x x x x Douglas Escapac
20th April 1980 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0302 x x x x Douglas Escapac
23rd September 1980 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-0947 x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1981

Jan-81 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
Jan-81 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
Jan-81 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0189 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0219 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0221 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0222 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 73-0994 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 73-1005 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 74-1748 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
12th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 74-1755 x Destroyed during terrorist bomb attack x x Douglas Escapac
17th January 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0187 x x x x Douglas Escapac
29th January 1981 USN A-7 Corsair II 157540 x x x x Douglas Escapac
30th January 1981 USAF A-7B Corsair II 154482 x x x x Douglas Escapac
Feb-81 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
Feb-81 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
6th September 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
24th September 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-1043 x x x x Douglas Escapac
6th October 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0356 x x x x Douglas Escapac
11th December 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II 69-6206 x x x x Douglas Escapac
16th December 1981 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1982

21st January 1982 USAF TA-7C Corsair II           Douglas Escapac
9th February 1982 USAF A-7 Corsair II 72-0233         Douglas Escapac
14th September 1982 USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x x x x Douglas Escapac
16th September 1982 USAF A-7 Corsair II 70-1032 x x x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1983

15th January 1983 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0320          
28th April 1983 USAF A-7 Corsair II 71-0361 149th TFS
VA ANG
Engine caught fire near Prince George, VA Pilot
ejected
x Douglas Escapac

 

 

Mar 7, 1985
The crash of an Air Force jet that plunged  about 15 miles ... 1984 a as his Navy ta-7 Jet crashed into a lake

 

  1985

                 
6th March 1985
USAF
TA-7     into the Gulf of Mexico  pilot
ejected safety
   
3rd June 1985
USN
A-7 159269/AA-307 VA83    Cmdr Greg Lane
killed
   

Good morning, I was looking online for pictures of a jet that was assigned to me in the 80’s during my Navy days and came across your site. In regards to the entry for VA-83 in 1985 the pilot that was killed flying aircraft number 307/159269 to the best of my knowledge was Cmdr Greg Lane. I was a Plane Captain at the time and I believe he flew into the sea trying to avoid one of the helicopters on duty behind the carrier that night. At least that’s the story I remember being told. He was in formation with an A-6 from VMA-533 and the intruder pilot managed to avoid the helo but Cmdr Lane, due to his position in the formation had to try to fly under it and ran out of room, I’m at work right now but I will look in my cruise book when I get a chance and verify that name and rank.

10th July 1985
USAF
A-7D Corsair II 71-0367 166th TFS
OH ANG
Engine failure. Jefferson Proving Grounds Pilot
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
8th August 1985
USAF
A-7D Corsair II 69-6198 4450th TG / 185th TFG
Tinker Air Force Base
Engine problems. Crashed near Oklahoma City Major Denny D. Nielsen
ANG
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
The plane, an A-7D attack jet, apparently lost power and caught fire over a densely populated section of the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest City, said Bill George, spokesman for nearby Tinker Air Force Base.
27th August 1985
USAF
A‑7D Corsair II 70‑0965 188th TFS
NM ANG
lost power and crashed, 45 NM SE of Kirtland AFB, NM, USA Steven J. Ver Helst*
???
ejected safely
  Douglas Escapac
 *ejected from an A-7 Corsair aircraft during the low-level portion of a training mission to the bombing range. Ejection injuries were severe, including the complete fracture of a cervical vertebra. A broken neck, a destroyed aircraft and months of physical rehabilitation were ample reasons for anxiety over future flight prospects.

*150th Fighter Wing, Col. Steven J. Ver Helst - CONFIRMATION OF PILOT IS NEEDED

 

10th September 1985 USAF A-7D Corsair II 73-1012 162nd TFS
OH ANG
Crashed near Indiantown Gap Range, PA Pilot
killed
x Douglas Escapac
                 
                 
 

 

  1986

10th January 1986 JET FIGHTER CRASHES IN FOREST -- RESCUERS HUNT 2 ABOARD

The fatal crash and the February crash involved the Corsair II light attack jet. The other crash was of a TA-7 jet trainer bomber.

 

 

  1987

20th October 1987
USAF
A-7D Corsair II 69‑6207 LV 4450th TG
Nellis AFB
Engine flamed out. It was returning to its home base from Pittsburgh. Crashed into a Ramada Inn hotel in Indianapolis, There were several  fatalities
 including guests and hotel employees
Maj. Bruce L. Teagarden ejected - minor injuries   Douglas Escapac

 

  1988

22nd June 1988 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0184 112th TFS
OH ANG
Engine problems. Crashed 1 mile short of runway at Toleda Express Airport  MAJ Gill
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
4th July 1988 USAF A-7D Corsair II 75-0391 162nd TFG
AZ ANG
Davis Monthan
Ruby MO Airport Pilot
killed
  Douglas Escapac
4th August 1988 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0257 166th TFS
OH ANG
Tyndall AFB
Shot down with AMRAAM x x Douglas Escapac
28th December 1988 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0363 188th TFS
NM ANG
Crashed near Clovis, Melrose range, NM x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1989

3rd March 1989 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0246 166th TFS / 121st TFW Ohio ANG Rickenbacker AFB Engine failure, crashed in southern Ohio Pilot ejected safely   Douglas Escapac
4th April 1989 USAF A-7D Corsair II 72-0173 124th TFS / 132nd TFW Iowa ANG, Des Moines Airport crashed west of Junction City, Kansas Pilot ejected safely   Douglas Escapac

 

  1990

30th May 1990 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-1050
SD
South Dakota ANG/175th TFS collided head
on in mid-air near Spencer, Iowa during a mock dogfight. Both aircraft exploded in a ball of flame
Pilot ejected   Douglas Escapac
30th May 1990 USAF A-7K Corsair II 80-0292
SD
South Dakota ANG/175th TFS   Douglas Escapac
Pilot ejected Ward Bushee editor of a newspaper in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ejected Douglas Escapac
THE FLIGHT WAS CONSIDERED routine. The South Dakota Air National Guard would suit up the executive editor of a local paper and take him soaring through the sky aboard an A-7K jet fighter. The editor would soon see there was nothing to the National Guard flyovers. Maybe after the flight, the South Dakota Argus Leader would lay off on the criticism. Sure, the pilots would toy with the editor a little. But he'd be back down in no time, undoubtedly convinced of the jets' inherent safety. Maybe not.
The flight began uneventfully, and for a while Executive Editor Ward H. Bushee III was enjoying the scenery 20,000 feet over Iowa farmland. Suddenly, with Bushee watching so closely he could see the whites of the other pilot's eyes, the two jets collided in mid-air. The din was incredible: As the other plane clipped the tail of Bushee's jet, it sounded like a train wreck. Then there was a fireball.
"I ejected out of the plane on fire," recalls Bushee. "It was a surrealistic experience. I got to the top of the ejection and poof, the flames went out. You look down and it's completely quiet. All these pieces of the plane are shimmering down near you and you think, `Wow. I'm still alive.' "
Nine years later, the memory has yet to fade for Bushee, now 50, as he tells the tale for the umpteenth time in his new corner office on the 19th floor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "If you get really close to a life and death situation, it changes your outlook," he says. "I'm not scared of flying anymore. I've had my accident. It's given me a perspective on how to behave in key pressure situations. Any stressful situation can't be worse than what I went through."
Pause. "I know what you are thinking," Bushee says. "That it's given me good training for this job."

 

  1991

26th January 1991 USN A-7E Corsair II 158830
AC-403
VA-72 Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia.

Nosegear failed during launch

x x Douglas Escapac
17th March 1991 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-0953 198th TFS
PR ANG
Muniz ANGB
San Juan
Damaged by saboteurs x x Douglas Escapac
Friday 17th May 1991 USAF A-7D Corsair II 70-1045 112th TFS /180th TFW
Ohio ANG
Toledo Express Airport
10 miles north of Lake City CAPT Ken Ackers
ejected
flown to Moody AFB
x Douglas Escapac
19th November 1991 USAF A-7D Corsair II 71-0323 162nd TFS OH ANG x Pilot
killed
x Douglas Escapac
30th November 1991
USAF
A-7D Corsair 70-1054 180th Ohio Air National Guard Encountered problems during a routine training exercise over Lake Huron Lieutenant Young ejected and parachuted safely into the lake about a mile f . .rom shore.   Douglas Escapac
 . . . but a subsequent rescue mission to retrieve him from the water was hindered by 40-knot winds and seven-foot waves, and Young’s body was never recovered.
A Local Hero Remembered 20 Years Later



by Lt. Col. Chris Belli and Master Sgt. Beth Holliker
180th Fighter Wing


12/7/2011 - Swanton, Ohio -- This is the time of year when we traditionally give thanks and celebrate our many blessings while preparing and planning holiday gatherings with family and friends. For the members of the 180th Fighter Wing and the family and friends of Lt. Michael Young, this is also a time of remembrance and reflection.

Young, 28, a pilot from Perrysburg, Ohio who returned from pilot training in April 1991, was killed during a routine training mission over northern Lake Huron coast, Michigan, Nov. 30, 1991. He was assigned to the 112th Fighter Squadron, part of what was once known as the 180th Tactical Fighter Group. He had been a member of the Ohio Air National Guard since 1982.

It was a typical early winter day in Northwest Ohio, cold and windy when Young stepped out for a regularly scheduled day of training in an A-7 Corsair II. During the routine mission, the aircraft became disabled, causing Young to eject. The aircraft impacted into a wooded area near Port Hope, Michigan, but Young, swept by 50 mph winds, landed in the frigid 38 degree waters of Lake Huron

Multiple rescue attempts including aircraft and boats failed as a result of the treacherous weather conditions. His body was never found and he was presumed drowned. Lt. Young was survived by his wife and daughter, who was just two months old at the time of the crash.

Twenty years later, Nov. 30, 2011, members of the 180th Fighter Wing, past and present along with friends and family of Lt. Young gathered at the 180th in Swanton, Ohio, to honor and remember this fallen hero. In attendance were Young's parents, sister, brother in-law, nephews and several friends.

The group spent the day sharing stories and memories of Young's life growing up and his love of flying. They were treated to a tour of the base before heading out to the flightline to watch the unit's F-16 pilots perform the same daily pre-flight procedures and rituals similar to those Young performed himself prior to taking to the skies for training missions. The mission on this day was not just for training, it was for Lt. Michael Young and his family.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Lt. Young's passing, Lt. Col. Tim Moses, 180th FW Operations Support Squadron Commander, carried with him an American flag and a United States Air Force flag and flew up the coast of Lake Huron and over the crash site, where a memorial in Lt. Young's name now stands. The Air Force flag was presented to the Young family in honor of their sacrifice all of those years ago.

The American flag will be presented to the members of Amvet Post 115 on behalf of the 180th FW for their unwavering support of the Young family and for keeping the memory of Lt. Young alive for the last 20 years. The Amvets maintain the modest memorial in Young's honor and conduct a small ceremony each Memorial Day, near Port Hope, MI., ensuring that he is a hero not to be remembered every 20 years, but every day, forever.
 

  1992

Saturday 11th January 1992 USAF A-7D Corsair II 75-0396 188th TFS New Mexico Air National Guard Crashed near Santa Rosa COL. Williams ???
killed
x Douglas Escapac
   
United States Navy Hellenic Air Force Portuguese Air Force

 

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