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2nd October 1979 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154536
NJ-207
VA-122
NAS Fallon
Crashed near air station, NV x x Douglas Escapac
Wednesday 21st November 1979 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156748
XE-08
VX-5
NAS China Lake
Crashed and burned x x Douglas Escapac
??
killed
??
killed
Douglas Escapac
12th November 1980 DETAILS BELOW NEED CONFIRMING

USN
TA-7C Corsair II
XE-08
VX-5 Engine failure at low level. Crashed during simulating close air support for troops in field training at Ft. Irwin. x x Douglas Escapac
LCDR Peter "Pete" Luem
killed
ENS Steven D. Herning
killed
Douglas Escapac
???
USN
TA‑7? Corsair II   VA-174 Intentional gear-up landing at MCAS Yuma, AZ     Douglas Escapac
Bill "Cowboy" Johnston Bill "Beetle" Bailey Douglas Escapac
 
 
Then there was the VA-174  TA-7, intentional gear-up landing at MCAS Yuma, AZ with Bill "Cowboy" Johnston and Bill "Beetle" Bailey, at the controls.  I happened to be the OIC of that Weapons Det.  Beetle and Cowboy were returning to land from a "spotter" mission in the TA-7 and had an unsafe gear indication.  After attempting to get the gear down by every means known to the entire Naval Aviation community, and after I discussed the situation with home plate at NZC on the telephone, these two sterling Naval Aviators, both of whom later became big-time airline pilots, continued to fly the two seater until they were virtually out of fuel, and then shot a flawless, gear-up, straight in landing to a foamed runway... shutting the engine down by securing the fuel control just as they crossed the numbers.   I have always regretted that these two were never recognized for their superb flying skills on that occasion... a DFC might have been in order, or at least Individual Air medals. 
 
As an aside, that TA-7 was later temporarily repaired at Yuma with the gear being locked in the down position and a piece of sheet metal mounted along the damaged portion of the belly.  I was dispatched to return to Yuma to bring the A/C back to NZC for futher repairs.  Terry Miller accompanied me to be my chase in one of the Weps Det planes.
 
We flew the entire hop with  my plane's gear down; Terry used partial flaps.  Made two refueling stops along the way... flew at 19,500' and at 210 kts (below gear speed).  Got back to NZC just in time for a passing thunderstorm... we both earned our flight pay that day....    
 

 

??? USN TA-7 Corsair II   NAS Cecil Field in the approach for a landing on runway 18 and the aircraft continued ahead landing sans pilot on the runway. Squadron CO
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
 
Then there was the Squadron CO at Cecil who ejected in the approach for a landing on runway 18 and the aircraft continued ahead landing sans pilot on the runway.
 
                 
26th April 1981 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154361          
     
4th August 1981 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156777 Navy Systems Comm
Edwards AFB
Engine flameout 5 miles northeast of California City north of air base x x Douglas Escapac
??
ejected
??
ejected
 
13th October 1981 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156766 VA-122 Engine flame out x x Douglas Escapac
??
ejected
??
ejected
 
24th August 1982 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154437 VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Pltched down hiitting the gound x x Douglas Escapac
???
killed
???
injured
 
Thursday 13th January 1983
USN
TA-7C Corsair II 156770 VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Routine flight from air base. Crashed in the Gulf of Mexico one mile from Lido Key

The CO of Forrestal  took his
supply officer up in a VA-174 TA-7 and then had to eject over the Gulf
of Mexico on a low level when the engine quit.

x x Douglas Escapac
CAPT Bobby C. Lee
ejected
CDR Ralph Q. Flint
Lyons, NY
ejected*
 
Douglas Escapac
*Body recovered four days later on Monday from the Gulf of Mexico
FEEDBACK

Thanks Shelby A. Flint, CDR Flint's daughter, for further details on this mishap.
in email 20th March 2013

                 
17th August 1983 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156793 VA-122 Lost canopy during descent Pilot
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
21st September 1983 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156740 VA-122 Lost altitude and crashed x x Douglas Escapac
??
ejected
??
ejected
 
Thursday 10th November 1983 USN TA-7C Corsair II 156737
AD-367
VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Jacksonville
 
Crashed 10 miles southeast of Ocotillo Wells
15 miles northwest of El Centro ranges
  x Douglas Escapac
LCDR George Torsney
killed
???  
17th January 1984 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154410
NJ-203
VA-122
NAS Fallon
Engine failure x Douglas Escapac
  LCDR Robert "Bob"
E. Nozgilia Jr.

ejected
[see also 27th June 1985]A_7_USN.htm#850627
 
29th November 1984 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154450
AD-354
  Crashed during bombing run Pinecastle range FL.     Douglas Escapac
LT Mike "Beaner" Ramirez
ejected
??? Douglas Escapac
 In 1984 is when my TA-7 engine decided to come apart down on lake George. 
I was trying to get the jet to Pinecastle before jumping out. 
I didn't make it to PC, I ejected over some lake and the jet crashed in Buck Lake.  That was 29 November.....and the water was COLD!!!!!!
 
2nd June 1986 USN TA-7C Corsair II 154467 VA-12
NAS Lemoore
Wheels up landing x x Douglas Escapac
Thursday 19th July 1990
12:55
USN TA-7C Corsair II 156743 VAQ-34
Pacific Missile Test Center
routine training mission. Crashed  about five miles south of Oxnard and exploded causing a fire that burned more than 400 acres 12 miles northeast of Santa Barbara.     Douglas Escapac
ejected ejected Douglas Escapac