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Jim "Trigger" Caldwell

USAF   F-105   23rd August 1976

On the 23rd of August, 1976 I ejected from an F-105 right off the end of the McConnell AFB runway at 75 feet above ground.

I had an oil pump failure while I was out in one of our training areas 80 miles north of the base. I tried to make it back to the base, but when I put the landing gear down the engine quit. I decided I wasn't going to make it to the runway so I ejected. Everything worked just fine and I did a normal PLF just 1/4 of a mile short of the runway.