United States Air Force 190th Tactical Fighter Squadron
355th Tacttical Fighter Wing

A-7D Corsair II


Saturday 18th September 1976

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base




2nd Lt. Roberto Mendoza-Rivera

[ of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard]
aged 24 from Rio Piedras was killed on Saturday 18th September 1976

"D-M jet crashes; pilot dies.
 Air Force officials are investigating the crash of an A7D jet fighter based at Davis-Monthan AFB that killed a Puerto Rico Air National Guard pilot. A D-M spokesman said 2nd Lt. Roberto Mendoza-Rivera, 24, of Rio Piedras, was killed when his one-seat jet crashed in an isolated area about 20 miles east of Cloverdale, N.M. at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He did not eject from the plane. Mendoza-Rivera was with the 190th Tactical Fighter Squadron and was on temporary training duty at D-M. He was on a training mission, followed by an instructor pilot in another aircraft, at the time of the crash.

Tucson Daily Citizen Newspaper
20th September, 76

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