Aircraft by type

General Dynamics F-111
Losses & Ejections
[Further details corrections, names, crew photos appreciated]

   
Date

Air Force

A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
19th January 1967


USAF

General Dynamics F-111A 63-9774 6510th TW       McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Herbert F. Brightwell WSO Donovan L McCance
 
killed badly burned
   
21st April 1967


USAF

General Dynamics F-111B 151973 Grumman       McDonnell Escape Capsule
Grumman Test Pilot  Mr Ralph H. "Dixie" Donnell Mr Charles E. Wangeman
both crew killed
   
19th October 1967
General Dynamics
F-111A No. 15
63-9780
General Dynamics
Carswell AFB, Fort Worth Airport, Texas
Performing load tests on the speed brake at 39,000ft / mach 1.77.
Speed barke slammed shut causing hydraulic problems leading to control loss
exploded and crashed in North Texas.
    McDonnell Aircraft
Capsule Ejection
Eng. Test Pilot
Dave J. Thigpen
[
ejected from F-8 on 9th January 1965]
Flt Test Eng.
Max Gordon
   
2nd January 1968
USAF
F-111A 65-5701 AFFTC routine training mission     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
crew ejected safely
   
28th March 1968


USAF

F-111A 66-022
"Omaha 77"
428th TFS / 355th TFW
Takhli Royal Thai Air Base
SEA Combat Loss.
Operation Combat Lancer.
Downed near
the airfield at Phu Xa, about 5 miles northwest of the city of Dong Hoi in
Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam
McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Henry Elmer "Mac" MacCann
Captain Dennis Lee Graham
MIA
   
30th March 1968
USAF
F-111A
Combat Lancer
66-017  428th TFS / 474th TFW attached to 355th TFW
Takhli Royal Thai Air Base
lost due to FOD* causing mechanical failure over Thailand
*Tube of fuel tank sealant inadvertantly left in the plane
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
MAJ Alexander A Marquandt
OK
CAPT Joseph W Hodges
OK
crew successfully ejected and were recovered
   
21st April 1968


USAF

F-111A 66-024  428th Tactical Fighter Squadron
at Ubon Air Base, Thailand
SEA Combat Loss. Lost during attack mission against the Mi Le
Highway Ferry over Dai Giang along Route 101 near Quang Bien, in Laos
  McDonnell Escape Capsule
LT COL Edwin David "Ed" "Lucky" Palmgren LCmdr David L. "Spade" Cooley [USN]
MIA
   
8th May 1968
USAF
F-111A 66-0032         McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
18th May 1968
USAF
F-111A     Crash Landed taking part in an Armed Forces Day air show at Holloman Air Force Base     Douglas Escapac Seats

 

Some info on that Armed Forces Day crash: The aircraft was camouflaged gray over white and was not equipped with a functional capsule but was fitted with ejection seats.  (Douglas Escapacs)  These featured black and yellow striped overhead pull handles. (I was there and took pictures with my Kodak Instamatic)

The airplane was quite new at the time and attracted huge crowds while on static display.  The aircraft took off under full afterburner and was remarkably noisy - even compared to the F-4's. The pilot swept the wings completed one circuit in front of the show line and then swept the wings forward for a low speed pass as he lowered the landing gear.

As the airplane crossed in front of show center, the nose kept pitching up as the airplane continued to slow.  The aircraft started to sink and the pilot hit full A/B just as the tail struck the dirt between the runway and taxiway.  One of the A/B nozzles went flying and the nose of the F-111 slammed down into the dirt and the nose gear collapsed.

The jet was still under full power ploughing the dirt and kicking up an enormous "rooster tail" of dust as it skidded to a stop back on the runway - no fire just the sound of the engines screaming then shutting down and no ejection sequence.  Enter the firetrucks and ambulances. The pilot was injured but not seriously so. I managed to snap a blurry picture of the jet just before it struck the ground.

Jim Daniel
Las Cruces, NM
in email 31st March 2013

   
11th September 1968


USAF

F-111B 151971 Grumman       McDonnell Escape Capsule
Hughes Aircraft Test Pilot Mr Barton Warren Mr Anthony Byland - MCO
both crew killed
   
Monday 23rd September 1968 USAF F‑111 A 66‑0040
NA
474th TFW, Nellis AFB, NV, USA on approach     McDonnell Escape Capsule
(pilot was RAAF)  
2 crew ejected safely
   
11th October 1968
USAF
F-111B 151974 Grumman       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
12th February 1969
USAF
F-111A 66-042 442nd CCT Crashed near Elko, Las Vegas, Nevada     McDonnell Escape Capsule
CAPT Robert E. Jobe CAPT William D. Fuchlow
Both crew killed
Found  in June 1969
   
4th March 1969
USAF
F-111A 66-0043/NA 474th TFW       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
22nd May 1969
USAF
F-111A 67-0043/NA 428th TFS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
22nd December 1969


USAF

F-111A 67-049
NA
428th TFS Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada       McDonnell Escape Capsule
LT COL Thomas J. Mack Major  James L. Anthony
Both crew killed
   
8th October 1970


USAF

General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0253   crashed  at Carswell AFB    
LT COL Robert S. Montgomery
killed
LT COL Charles G. Robinson
killed
   
8th January 1971


USAF

General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0283 340th Bomb Group
Carswell AFB, Texas
Aircraft was on an acceptance test flight from the General Dynamics Plant in Fort Worth. Crashed three miles northeast of Mandeville. Capsule with crews remains was not found until the beginning of February (Tuesday 2nd), three weeks after the loss.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
LT COL Bruce D. Stocks
38
Major  Billy C. Gentry
36
Both crew killed
   
23rd April 1971


USAF

F-111E 67-0117 Edwards Air Force Base
California
On test flight out of Edwards AFB. Crashed   Mojave Desert CA.
Recovery Parachute compartment door failed to separate from the crew escape capsule
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  James W. Hurt III
34
Major  Robert J. Furman
31
both crew killed. Found inside escape capsule
   
1st September 1971


USAF

F-111A 66-0029 380th SAW Crashed ten miles north east of Van Horn, Texas     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
18th January 1972


USAF

F-111E 68-0018 55th TFS, 20th TFW, tail code "JS". Crashed  in Scotland RAF Leuchars     McDonnell Escape Capsule
LT COL Floyd B. Sweet LT COL Kenneth T. Blank
Both crew killed
no ejection
   
2nd February 1972


USAF

F-111F 70-2407   General Dynamics      
   
24th April 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-0036   Crashed on Training Flight.  about 65 miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
15th June 1972


USAF

F-111F 70-2410
MO
347th TFW       McDonnell Escape Capsule
Date is now questioned - either 1974 or 1975 - COMMENTS
   
Sunday 18th June 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-082
NA
430th TFS Nellis Air Force Base, Nev Crashed on a routine training flight     McDonnell Escape Capsule
COL Keith E. Brown LT COL James D. Black
Both crew killed
   
11th September 1972
USAF
F-111A 65-5703 6510th TW
Edwards AFB
crashed on a routine test and burned about 10 miles from the air base     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
28th September 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-078
"Ranger 23"
429 TFS,
474 TFW
on TD
USAF, Takhli
SEA Combat Loss.
Crashed  in North Vietnam on the Red River about 10
miles southwest of the city of Yen Bai. Possibly lost over Laos.
McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  William Clare "Wild Bill" Coltman
MIA
laid to rest at Arlington, 3rd April 2002
1LT Robert Arthur "Lefty" Brett JR
MIA
laid to rest at Arlington, August 2002
No ejection
   
16th October 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-066
NA
429th TFS SEA Combat Loss.
Crashed near  the city of Cho Moi in Bac Thai Province, North
Vietnam
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain James Alan Hockridge
MIA
1LT Allen Upton Graham
MIA
remains were returned September 30, 1977
   
7th November 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-063
"Whaler 57"
   Reported lost over North Vietnam  but probably the aircraft was lost in Khammouane Province, Laos near the
city of Ban Phaphilang
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Robert Mack Brown Captain Robert D. Morrissey
MIA
   
21st November 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-092   SEA Combat Loss. Went down about halfway between Hue and Da Nang in
South Vietnam
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Ronald Dean Stafford Captain Charles Joseph Cafferrelli
Both the pilot and backseater were thought to have died in
the crash into the South China Sea
   
18th December 1972


USAF

F-111A 67-099   Combat mission over North Vietnam when their aircraft
was forced to ditch in the Gulf of Tonkin near the coastline at Hoanh Dong.
It was suspected that these two airmen may have ejected
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Lt Col Ronald Jack Ward Major  James R. McElvain
MIA
   
22nd December 1972
USAF
F-111A 67-0068 429 TFS, 474 TFW on TDY, Takhli Hit  flying at supersonic speed only a
few hundred feet altitude. VN
McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Robert D. "Bob" Sponeybarger
 
1st Lt.  William Wallace "Bill" Wilson
POW
   
11th January 1973


USAF

F-111E
Callsign
Sewn 11
68-0024 20th TFW  Upper Heyford Engine fire just after takeoff Crashed  near Crawley UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
pilot Major or Bob Kroos  WSO Captain Roger A Beck 
ejected Capsule used landed in a farm,
   
20th February 1973
USAF
F‑111A 67‑0072 429th TFS 474th TFW
USAF, Takhli
crashed on take off when the undercarriage collapsed. The aircraft slid off the runway and caught fire. Its bomb payload exploded throughout the night.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
OK
 
OK McDonnell Escape Capsule
egressed on ground
   
Tuesday 20th March 1973


USAF

F-111D 68-158
CC
27th TFW
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M
Collided In flight with 68-158 near Holbrook     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  William W. Gude Captain David C. Blackledge
Both crew killed
Tuesday 20th March 1973


USAF

F-111D 68-105
CC
27th TFW
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M
Collided In flight with 68-105 near Holbrook, Arizona     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Richard L. Brehm Major  William T. Halloran
Both crew killed
   
15th May 1973


USAF

F-111E 68-0008  77th TFS
20thTFW
A large bird was ingested into the stbd engine, resulting in an inflight fire. Crashed  in western Scotland  21 NM NNE of Machnhanish, near Skipness, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot Capt. Andrew J. Peloquin WSO. Major or Ariel Alvarez 
ejected OK
   
16th June 1973
USAF
F-111A 67-0111 430th TFS / 474th TFW Takhli Royal Thai Air Base Mid-air during join up manoeuvre with 67-094
Crashed over Plain of Jars, Cambodia
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
crew successfully ejected
   
16th June 1973
USAF
F-111A 67-094  Takhli Royal Thai Air Base Mid-air  join up manoeuvre with 67-111.

Flew back to Takhli RTAFB, Thailand with 5 feet of wing missing

    McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Flown back to Udorn air base
   
Wednesday 11th July 1973

USAF
F-111A 67-0040 428 TFS
Nellis Air Force Base, Southern Nevada
Low level simulated bombing run Its believed that a  small bird penetrated the right windscreen. Crashed on Deertrap Mtn in Zion National Park Springdale Utah starting several small fires     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major Kirby F. Ludwig
33

ejected
landed over Lady Mountain
OK
Major Robert Hopkins
33

ejected
landed over Lady Mountain
OK

Both crew were taken to the Nellis Air Force Base Hospital in Southern Nevada for routine medical evaluation.

FEEDBACK

Thanks to Robert Deason who used to work at Zion National Park, UT. for details concerning this mishap
in email 21st May 2014

23rd December 1973


USAF

F-111D 68-113         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain William K. Delaplane III LT Robert J. Kierce
Both crew killed
   
11th September 1974


USAF

F-111F 70-2395         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain William Arthur Kennedy Captain David C. McKennon
Both crew killed
   
12th November 1974
18:04

USAF
F-111A 77-055
Sigma 71
 
Nellis AFB, Nevada Crashed during night air refuelling training near Kingston, Utah following mid-air collision with Turbo-Commander 690A, N40MP belonging to Montana Power Company.
[Rocco B. Fiori, 34, Butte, Mont. killed]
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Peter Granger
33
Fargo, ND
Captain Paul B. Sperry
27
Palo Alto, Calif.
Crew ejected safely
   
3rd February 1975
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0280   collided with 69-6505. Crashed on "Magic Mountain" in Vermont.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
John E. Hockenberger ??
 
3rd February 1975
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 69-6505   collided with 68-0280     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
5th March 1975


USAF

F-111E 68-0081   Birdstrike. Crashed   near Shap Fell in the Lake District about 45 miles from RAF Leeming.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Richard A. Wolf WSO Major  Tony Miller
ejected
   
6th June 1975
USAF
F-111A 66-0034   Arizona      
   
20th June 1975
USAF
F-111A 66-0025 Nellis AFB        
   
7th October 1975


USAF

F-111A 66-058         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Ralph David Bowles WSO Major  Merle "Don" Kenney
Both crew killed
   
5th November 1975
also seen as 14th October 1975


USAF

F-111E 68-0060 20th TFW,
RAF Upper Heyford
Bird-Strike (duck)  during low level mission. Crashed  in The Wash off Freiston shore,near Boston. Lincolnshire UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain James Stieber WSO Captain Robert Gregory
ejected
   
8th November 1975
USAF
F-111F 70-2393 Mountain Home AFB        
   
23rd December 1975
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0290 Maine engine failure and fire, crashed near Ashland in Maine     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Robert Pavelko Lieutenant Linwood Wickett
ejected
Rescued up by a helicopter from the 112th Medical Company of the Maine National Guard
Crashes in Maine Woods. GARFIELD PLANTATION. Me
   
11th March 1976
USAF
F-111A 67-0080 Nellis AFB        
   
16th March 1976
USAF
F-111F 78-2388
??
Mountain Home AFB        
   
7th April 1976
USAF
F‑111A 67‑0060
NA
429th TFS
474th TFW
 engine fire followed by control loss near Wendover, UT, USA crew ejected safely
474th TFW / 428th TFS
 
 
Pilot Captain Ben Alexander  WSO 1Lt Robert Short
 
I can get details from this one, friends with Jerry Kemp get e-mails everyday from him.
 
Think this was a 492nd TFS Crew in a 493rd TFS Aircraft
  McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
7th July 1976
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 69-6511   crashed Vermont     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
10th October 1976
USAF
F‑111D 68-0167   Roswell, New Mexico      
   
27th October 1976


USAF

F-111E 67-0116 3246th TW crash landed at Eglin AFB     McDonnell Escape Capsule
egressed capsule no serious injuries egressed capsule no serious injuries
Capsule was fired with the airplane about 60 degrees nose down at 100 feet or less
   
14th February 1977


USAF

General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0266   Ground impact during low level mission western Virginia     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Edward R. Riley Captain Jeremiah E. Sheehan
Both crew killed
   
28th April 1977
RAAF
GD F-111C A8-136 6SQN Clarkson   Crew  ejected in escape  module with only minor  injuries.  RAAF 5 nm south of  Guyra, NSW  Fuel tank explosion/loss  of control.crashed near Armidale     FIRST RAAF F-111 LOSS
CAPSULE ESCAPE
Pilot Capt. William "Bill" Baker (USAF) Flt. Lt.  (N) David Clarkson (RAAF]
 ejected in escape  module with only minor  injuries
FEEDBACK


Hi,

I have just perused your excellent database, and gone back to 1977 RAAF, when I was an MO at RAAF base Amberley here in Queensland.   Bill Baker ejected F-111 on 28 April 1977 - and I am reminded that I bought his air conditioner when he went back to the USAF - he was here on exchange.    The SMO at the time called me into the office when he arrived back from the site to look at the helmet and survival gear, and we were wondering about a dent in the helmet of Bill Baker ( what in the cockpit did it and how).  On careful questioning Bill looked at it, and laughed, and gave the reason.   On getting out of the capsule once landed and settled, he took off his helmet threw it onto the ground = rocks, and said a few expletives which I will not report here.

Just a few months later,  29 September 1977, I was first on the scene by Huey, of the first fatal F-111 accident at the Bombing range, three pelicans having ingressed the cockpit.

Your database takes me back........................

Regards,

Greig
in email 6th June 2007
 

   
2nd September  1976
USAF
F‑111D 68-0146   New Mexico      
   
29th September 1977

RAAF
GD F-111C A8-133
"Falcon 32"
6SQN Evans Head  AWR, NSW. Catastrophic  (windshield) birdstrike  at low level during  bombing pass. Crew  module separation  activated at  approximately 520 kts  whilst aircraft  descending and outside  survival envelope.  RAAF     McDonnell Escape Capsule
 (P) Flt. Lt.   Phil A. P. Noordink Sqn Ldr  (P) J.  Holt
Both crew killed
   
3rd October 1977


USAF

F-111D 68-093   New Mexico     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Richard L. Cardenas Captain Steven C. Nelson
Both crew killed
   
5th October 1977


USAF

F-111F 73-0718 Ramstein AFB Germany Crashed north of base     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Stephen H. Reid Captain Carl T. Poole
Both crew killed
   
28th October 1977
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0285   engine fire and explosion of aft fuel tank. Crashed in Maine     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Crew ejected successfully
   
 31st October 1977


USAF

F-111E 68-0070   Crashed  at Pentre Bach Farm, near Foel, Welshpool, Wales UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain John J. Sweeney killed Captain William W. "Maxwell"  Smart killed
Both crew killed
   
30th November 1977


USAF

F-111A 67-083 Mountain Home AFB Crashed on the Nellis AFB Range during high speed bombing mission training     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Captain Arthur "Art" V. Stowe Major  Lorley "Skip" Wagner
No ejection attempt
   
15th December 1977
USAF
 F‑111 F  70‑2380 493rd TFS/48th TFW Hydraulic failure which caused the aircraft to pitch straight up and then into a spin. Crashed Exning, near Newmarket, UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot Captain Jerry L. Kemp WSO Captain Thomas E. Bergam
ejected safely
   
29th March 1978


USAF

F-111F 73-0717   England     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Charles H. Kitchell 1LT Jeffery Moore
Both crew killed
   
25th October 1978
RAAF
F‑111C A8-141   New Zealand      
   
18th November 1978
USAF
Shortly after take off aircraft suffered catastrophic left engine failure and fire, aft fuel cell explosion, hard over rudder, emergency occurred over the Grand Canyon. Diverted toward Kingman but forced to abandon aircraft.   McDonnell Escape Capsule
1st Lieutenant Rick McKee
pilot
(in the left seat)
Major Lee Bauer
instructor pilot
(in right seat)
F-111D 68-173
OC

27th TFW

Nellis-Cannon AFB
ejection began from ~20,000’ MSL
ejected safely
 

 

   
4th January 1979
USAF
F-111A 67-0059/NA 429th TFS Crashed and destroyed near Murphy Idaho     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
 
   
16th February 1979
USAF
F-111D 68-0109/CC 27th TFW New Mexico     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Friday 20th April 1979
USAF  
F‑111E 70‑2367
LN
48th TFW
Lakenheath
collided in mid-air while bombing the Tain
range
with F‑111E 73‑0714
. Crashed in the Dornoch Firth
Crew ejected safely and were picked up by RAF rescue helicopters taken to the hospital within 40 minutes of the crash. ...   Capsule
Friday 20th April 1979
USAF
F‑111F 73‑0714
LN
48th TFW
Lakenheath
collided in mid-air while bombing the Tain
range
with F‑111 F 70‑2367
. Crashed in the Dornoch Firth
Crew ejected safely and were picked up by RAF rescue helicopters taken to the hospital within 40 minutes of the crash   Capsule
  Captain Stephen R. Ruttman, Norman Okla.
Captain Timothy A. Schlitt,  Affton, Mo
Captain Roger L. Webb, Staunton, Va
Captain Joseph Peluso, Rosedale, NY
   
5th July 1979


USAF

F-111A 67-105
NA
430th TFS Nellis AFB
Red Flag
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Gary A. Mekash LT COL Eugene M. Soeder
Both crew killed
   
24th or 25th July 1979


USAF

F-111E 68-0042   Crashed in the North Sea off Tunstall, Humberside UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain David W. Powell killed Captain Douglas A. Pearce killed
Both crew killed
   
31st July 1979
USAF
F-111A 66-0052         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major or Myles D. Hammon 2LT Larry E. McFarland
Both crew killed
   
24th August 1979
RAAF
GD F-111C A8-137 1SQN Ohakea, NZ   Water ingestion into  engines during take-off  from Ohakea, New
Zealand, 
Crew ejected in escape  module on Rwy 27 at 90  kts with only minor  injuries.
 
FLT LT  (N) A. Curr  FLG OFF (P) M.  Kelly  
   
8th or 18th September 1979


USAF

General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0261   Nellis Range     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Phillip B. Donovan Captain William J. Full
Both crew killed
   
30th October 1979


USAF

F-111E 68-0012   Crashed   in a wood at Harlton about five miles from , Cambrigeshire,     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot. Capt. Eugene S.Ogilvie WSO. Capt. Albert P. Manzo
  ejected OK
   
12th December 1979


USAF

F-111E 68-0045
LAY 40
  Crashed  in The Wash near Boston Lincolshire UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Randolph P. Gaspard
[380th BMW]
Major  Frank B. Slusher
Both crew killed
   
19th December 1979


USAF

F-111E 68-0003   Crashed at Glen Trool (North of Newton Stewart),Dumfries and Galloway     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Richard A. Hetzner Captain Raymond C. Spaulding
Both crew killed
   
6th February 1980


USAF

F-111D  68-0119   New Mexico     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Roy W. Westerfield 2LT Steven P. Anderson
Both crew killed
  About 1026, on February 6, 1980, a Cessna TU-206G, N7393N, and a United States Air Force tactical aircraft, a General Dynamics F-111D, collided in midair about 11 nmi northeast of Cannon Air Force Base. The Cessna had departed Alemeda Airport, Albuquerque, New Mexico, had made an en route stop at Tucumcari, New Mexico, and was destined for Clovis, New Mexico. On the morning of February 6, the General Dynamics F-111D had departed Cannon Air Force Base, located about 13 miles southwest of the Clovis Municipal Airport, on a cross country training flight. The F-111D was returning to Cannon Air Force Base to complete the mission. The two aircraft collided near 5,800 feet m.s.1. The pilot and passenger aboard the Cessna and both crewmembers of the F-111D were killed. The weather was clear and the visibility was reported as 30 miles.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of both aircraft to request radar traffic advisories, the failure of the F-111D flightcrew to see and avoid the Cessna TU-206G, and the failure of the RAPCON controllers to observe the Cessna radar target and to issue traffic advisories to the F-111D. Contributing to the accident were the limitations of the see and avoid concept in a terminal area with low speedfhigh speed traffic.
   
26th March 1980
USAF
F-111A  67-097 Mountain Home AFB
[CONFIRM]
Crashed after uncommanded roll shortly after take off. with a subsequent at Saylor Creek. Owhyee County, Idaho     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Joseph G. Raker Captain Larry R. Honza
Both crew killed
[updated 27th March 2012]
   
   
29th April 1980


USAF

F-111E 68-0057 7th TFS 20th FW Upper Heyford Crashed Mapperton Farm Estate, near Almer, Dorset UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Jack A. Hines Captain Richard J. Franks
Both crew killed
   
14th July 1980
13:45 MST


USAF

F-111D 68-0139 Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico Engine problem shortly after take-off McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Ulysses S. "Sam" Taylor III
36
1LT Paul Edward Yeager
26
Both crew killed
 
On July 14, 1980 my brother "Sam" Taylor and his WSO Paul Yeager were killed after ejecting from their F-111D, 12 flight hours after major overhaul & modification by the a/c manufacture-General Dynamics. The major maintenance "mistakes" which caused this fatal a/c accident would have resulted in prison time for the "AFLC technicians", if they had committed the same quality of work on a civilian aircraft. To begin with, the capsule's kick motor propellant grain was fractured, should have been x-rayed while at AFLC prior to return to service and failed to function properly (fuel chunked) during the ejection sequence. Thirty six (36) bolts were missing from their starboard engine inlet duct, the resulting engine inlet air within the airframe causing such severe buffeting to the capsule's main parachute that it friction galled to itself and its container. There was over 2 pounds of metallic grit from improperly manufactured & cleaned tubing found in the a/c hydraulic system, corroded canon plug pins on the afterburner fuel control valve caused their remaining engine to fail to provide sufficient thrust when called upon to maintain altitude on that hot dry New Mexico day. But the most callous words that I have ever heard uttered were by the General Dynamics attorneys, "It's cheaper to pay off the families than it is to fix the airplanes."
   
30th July1980
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0279   near logging camp in Canada     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Crew ejected successfully
   
6th October 1980
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0268   off the coast of Maine     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Both crew killed
   
30th January 1981


USAF

FB-111A 68-0263 590th BW  Loss of control. Crashed into an apartment block in Seacoast Village, near Portsmouth, NH     McDonnell Escape Capsule
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Capsule - ejected over the interstate bridge on the Piscatiqua river
  The official USAF Mishap Report determined that the 1981 crash of an FB-111A was caused by "incorrect" actions of the pilot. But questions still linger. Could mechanical failure have caused the near catastrophic accident in a crowded housing complex in Portsmouth, NH?
   
4th February 1981
USAF
F-111F 72-1441 48 TFW
RAF Lakenheath, England
Crashed at East Wretham, Norfolk, eight miles on finals to its home base.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot
ejected
escaped uninjured
WSO
ejected
escaped uninjured
  Thanks to Adrian Pearce for additional information on 4th June 2012
   
25th March 1981


USAF

F-111E 68-0082   Crashed on take off from RAF Fairford     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot 1LT Timothy Collins OK WSO CAPT. Robert N. Miglin OK
Did they eject in the capsule ???
   
Wednesday 12th May 1982


USAF

F-111 ?   Mountain Home AFB Right enine caught fire. Two minutes later crew abandoned aircraft. Crashed 28 miles south east of base near the Saylor Range. Bombing practice     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major Francis B Morris
38
[Whittler, Calif]
Capt. George Earles
35
[Jackson, Miss]
Crew ejected successfully
   
Monday 2nd August 1982


USAF

F-111 ?   Mountain Home AFB Returning from Offit AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. Forced emergency landing at Idaho Falls following bird strike during low level flight which caused fire in right engine     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Bill Patton Lt. Chris Singleswitch
Returned to MH AFB by helicopter that collected them about 15:00h
   
CHECK DATE


USAF

FB-111A  68-268         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Thomas M. Mullen Captain Gary A. Davis
Both crew killed
15th September 1982
21:00


USAF

F-111D 68-160 Cannon AFB Crashed on a routine training mission near Wagon Mound, New Mexico.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Howard L. Tallman III Captain William R. Davy
Both crew killed
16th September 1982
USAF
F-111 0179   crashed on approach at Leuchars     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Friday 8th  October 1982
USAF
F-111 ? 67-0098 Mountain Home AFB Uncommanded roll after take off. Despite efforts to regain control the crew were forced to eject at 50 - 55 degrees nose high.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Col Ernie Coleman
paralyzed
WSO
???
back injuries
The capsules impact attentuation bags did not inflate causing very heavy ground strike. Both crew suffered severe injuries
   
7th December 1982


USAF

F-111F 70-2377 48th TFW
RAF Lakenheath, Sufolk
Crashed into the southern face of the 1620 foot peak Sgurr na Stri, Strathaird on the Isle of Skye off the north west Scottish mainland     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Burnley L. "Bob" Rudiger
37
[Norfolk, Virginia]
1LT Steven J. Pitt
[East Aurora, New York]
Both crew killed
   
26th April 1983


USAF

F-111F 74-0188 48th TFW crashed in North Sea off Germany     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Charles M. Vidas 1LT Steven A. Groark
Both crew killed
   
Tuesday 8th June 1983
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0242 509th Bomb Wing
Pease AFB, New Hampshire
Crashed in desert area following engine fire during Red Flag exercise, Arizona
Nellis AFB
    McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major Richard B. Young
37
[Stratham, NH.]
Captain Raymond Drogan
32
[Orlando, Florida]
Crew ejected successfully
   
13th March 1984


USAF

F-111A 66-026         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain David K. Peth Captain Steven F. Locke
Both crew killed
   
9th August 1984


USAF

F-111E 68-0019 RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire Using "Tain" [Dornoch Firth] bombing range. Bird strike damaged nosecone - fod into engines. Crashed   in a Barley field beside Lock Eye, near Fearn,  Ross-shire, Scotland     McDonnell Escape Capsule
 Capt. Ralph J. Jodice II Major Paul Emrich
ejected
 
                          Thanks to Herbert Norris for further details of this mishap in email 4th August 2013
   
17th October 1984
19:48


USAF

F-111D 68-164 524 TFTS
Cannon Air Force Base
Crashed  on the Harkey Ranch, about 15 miles north from Carrizozo, New Mexico during  a low-level training mission      McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Alan J. "Tex" Pryor 1LT Albert H. "Rip" Torn
Both crew killed
   
28th January 1986

RAAF

F-111C A8-139         McDonnell Escape Capsule
Flt. Lt.  Stephen M. Erskine Captain Gregory S. Angell, [USAF Exchange pilot]
Both crew killed
   
14/15th April 1986


USAF

F-111F 70-2389
"Karma 52"
  Operation EL DORADO CANYON
Combat Loss
Libya, Mediterranean
McDonnell Escape Capsule
Major  Fernando L. Ribas Dominici Captain Paul F. Lorence
Remains Returned MIA
   
 

On February 23, 1987, Scott Lewis was flying a United States Air Force F-111-F jet fighter over England. When the plane malfunctioned, he initiated ejection of the self-contained crew module. The crew module is designed so that once the pilot initiates ejection, all subsequent operations until landing occur automatically. After the module separates from the aircraft, a parachute system deploys, and large bags on the bottom of the module cushion the landing. In this case, however, the forward repositioning cable, one of two cables that connect the parachute to the module, severed, causing the module to land at an incorrect angle without adequate cushioning. Lewis sustained spinal injuries.

IS THIS THE LOSS BELOW [CHECK DATE DETAILS]

   
28th February 1987
USAF
F‑111 F 70‑2418 LN  492nd TFS/48th TFW Crashed in flames at Newmarket Heath, Suffolk, UK     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
crew ejected safely
   
2nd April 1987

RAAF

F-111C A8-128
"Falcon Sabre 1"
6 Sqn Crash site near Tenterfield NSW during night simulated attack     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Flt. Lt.  Mark "Speed" Fallon FLGOFF William Pike
   
28th July 1987
USAF
F-111F 70-2375
"Badger 21"
  Crashed near Lauder UK missing a row of cottages by a quarter-mile     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Thomas F. "Chip" Stem Captain Philip D. "Phil" Baldwin
32
[Kansas City, Mo.]
Both crew killed
   
11th September 1987
14:15

USAF
F-111D 68-0125
Captor 11
524th TFTS / 524 AMU 27 TFW / 12th Air Force
Cannon AFB
Crashed at the end runway 22 at CAFB     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain John Sides*
[*rank previously shown as Major]
Major Russell Striker
Crew ejected safely at low level
   
   
12th January 1988


USAF

F-111A
Aardvark
 67-102
"Honest 21"
Assigned to 430th TFS.
Constant Guard V

Maintained by the 389th TFS

 Crashed near Mountain Home AFB during take off. The right canopy opened causing roll to right.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
SP
Captain Robert Anthony Meyer Jr
28
Cincinati, Ohio
IP
Captain Frederick Allan Gerhart
33
Lolo, Montana
Both crew killed

 

I was the EOR Crew Chief that day this crew was lost. We did our checks on 102 and the crew taxied to the active runway. We were in the middle of our checks on an EF-111 when I noticed black smoke coming up from the desert behind the aircraft. As I walked off to the wind edge to get an unobstructed view crash/rescue was seen racing down the flight line. She was maintained by the 389th TFS so not sure why it is associated with the 430th TFS.

Ralph “Drem” Terreault
in email 10th October 2013

   
8th June 1988


USAF

F-111D
Aardvark
"Whispering Death"
68-098
"Cubid 12"

523rd TFS
"Crusaders" Cannon AFB, New Mexico
Crashed in New Mexico on the Melrose bomb range while on a night training mission.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Glenn E. Troster Captain Michael A. Barritt
Both crew killed
Crash location amended from "near Lauder, in the Borders" on 29th June 2011
   
2nd February 1989
USAF
General Dynamics FB-111A 68-0243   Crashed  near St. Johnsburg, Vermont. Loss of control due to external fuel tank movement     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Crew ejected successfully
   
Wednesday 5th April 1989
USAF
F-111F 70-2397
LN
"Greebie 54"
48th TFW
494th TFS
RAF Lakenheath
Participating in "Operation: Red Flag" exercises at Nellis Air Force Base. Crashed about 60 miles southeast of Tonopah during a training exercise at the Nellis Bombing Range     McDonnell Escape Capsule
1st Lt. Bob Boland Captain James A. Gleason
Both crew killed
5th February 1990


USAF

F-111E 68-0001 77 TFS
20 TFW
RAF Upper Heyford
Did not level off at 200 ft ASL after turning base in the range pattern. Aircraft impacted the water while still in the turn to final. Crashed  off Lincolnshire UK on Wainfleet Range (The Wash)     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Clifford "Cliff" Massengill
30
[North Carolina
] killed
1st Lt. Thomas "Tom" Dorset
26
[Florida]
killed
Both crew killed
   
26th March 1990
USAF
F-111D 68-0168/CC 524th TFS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
2nd May 1990
USAF
F-111F 70-2368/LN 48th TFW
492nd TFS
Crashed at Binham, Norfolk due to engine fire caused by first-stage fan disk failure     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
20th July 1990


USAF

F-111E 68-0066
'UH'
55TFS 20 TFW Crashed  at Incirlik Turkey     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captains R Travis Captain R Basak
ejected
   
23rd August 1990
USAF
F-111D 68-0131/CC 522nd TFS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Wednesday 10th October 1990


USAF

F-111F 74-00183
LN
"Cougar 41"
493rd TFS Crashed on Askr Range, Saudi Arabia     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Frederick A "Art" Reid
Harrisburg, Pa
Captain Thomas R. "TC" Caldwell
Columbus, Ohio
Both crew killed.
   
23rd October 1990
USAF
F-111D 68-0131/CC 522nd TFS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Thursday 13th/14th February 1991
night

USAF
EF-111A Raven 66-0023
"Rachet 75"

366th Fighter Wing
Mountain Home AFB
DESERT STORM Combat Loss during their return from night mission, Iraq, Persian Gulf. The aircraft had refuelled and a short time after that they detected fire from a Surface to Air missile. Evasive action was taken but the aircraft flew into the ground.     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Douglas Lloyd Bradt
29
Houston, Texas
KIA
Captain Paul R. Eichenlaub II
29
Bentonville, Arkansas
KIA
ejection attempted - both crew killed
   
2nd April 1992
USAF
EF-111A 66-0056/UH 42nd ECS
Upper Heyford
Explosion shortly after takeoff on a training mission     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
17th September 1992


USAF

F-111E 68-0052   Crashed on landing RAF Upper Heyford   McDonnell Escape Capsule
Captain Jerry C. Lindh killed Major  D. Michael McGuire killed
Both crew killed
CAPSULE
ground ejection
in-sufficient altitude for  parachute deployment
   
13th September 1993


RAAF

F-111C A8-127 1sq       McDonnell Escape Capsule
Flt. Lt.  Jeremy "Jez" McNess Flt. Lt.  Mark "CC" Cairns-Cowan
 
   
22nd September 1993
USAF
F-111F 70-2412
CC
524th FS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
July 1994
USAF
F-111F 70-2370
CC
524th FS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
16th February 1995


USAF

F-111E 68-0040 428th FS engine failure on final Cannon AFB NM     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot Captain James E. Newton 2nd WSO. 1stLT. Randolf L. Wnge
Both crew ejected safely with minimal injuries
 

Thanks to  Steve Moynihan LTC, USAF retired for correcting the above entry that previously showed the crew as not surviving
in email 5th October 2011

   
17th June 1996
USAF
EF-111A 66-0044/CC 429th ECS       McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
18th June 1996
USAF
EF-111A 66-0047/OT 85th TES damaged     McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
21st January 1997
RAAF
F-111G A8-291 6sq        
   
18th April 1999


RAAF

F-111G A8-291 Nº 6 Squadron RAAF Amberley, Queensland During maritime strike mission  exercise. Crashed overnight while taking part in a multi-national exercise near Malaysia . Hit the peak, one of two on the small island of Pulau Aur     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Flt. Lt.  Anthony "Shorty" Short Sqn Ldr  Stephen "Nige" Hobbs McDonnell Escape Capsule
   
Tuesday 18th July 2006


RAAF

RF-111C A8-143 6sq Main left wheel lost  shortly after take-off. Crash-landed at its south-east Queensland base     McDonnell Escape Capsule
Pilot
Flying officer Peter Komar OK
Navigator Flight
Lieutenant Luke Warner OK
 

Hi,

Your details on F-111 ejections contains a few minor errors/typos.

 

  • Henry MacCann was known as “Mac”, not “Hank”. Their crash site has not been located. Their target was near the location you site and MacCann’s helmet was found at an unknown (to us) location and has been on display in the Military Region 4 Museum in Vietnam.
  • Lt. Brett was known as “Lefty” not “Lofty”.
  • “Spade Cooley” was a Lt. Commander at the time of his loss and was promoted to Captain during the period he was listed as MIA. Although his remains have not been recovered a presumptive finding of death was issued. The same presumptive finding of death applies to LtCol Palmgren (who flew as a member of the Thunderbirds twice).
  • I supplied the photo you show of Dennis Graham to the F-111.net website several years ago.
  • I attach photos of Mac MacCann and Spade Cooley.

    entries amended 10th June 2012

 

Thank you for the listing of the F-111 accidents. I was an F-111 WSO from September 1979 through February 1992 and my name is Wayne “Yoda” McCormick. I have flight time in the A, D, E, F, and EF models. I have some feedback on two of your listed ejections:

17 Oct 1984, D model. Aircraft belonged to 524 TFTS, Tex was an instructor pilot and Rip was a student WSO. At the time I was an Instructor WSO in the 524 and served on the accident investigation board. The accident occurred at night during a TFR training mission. There was no attempt to eject.

5 Feb 1990, E Model. Aircraft belonged to 77 TFS, 20 TFW, RAF Upper Heyford. There was no attempt to eject. Aircraft impacted the water while still in the turn to final. Cliff was a good friend of mine.

entries amended 11th December 2011

 

Please note that the listing for the EF-111A crash dated February 13th, 1991 is listed as "Desert Shield" when in fact with the commencement of the war it was "Desert Storm".

Sincerely,
Jeff Ferguson

entries amended 24th December 2011