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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
7th January 1985
Peru
MB339       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
9th January 1985
USN
S‑3A Viking 159735
NH 702
VS‑21
NAS North Island
lost control during practice stall, near NAS North Island, CA, USA crew ejected safely

names ?????

  Lockheed or Escapac
15th January 1985
SAAF
Impala       Capt. A. J. Botha   Martin-Baker
25th January 1985
Iraq
Mirage       Capt. Selwan   Martin-Baker
25th January 1985
Pak
Mirage           Martin-Baker
29th January 1985 ??? ???           Martin-Baker
30th January 1985
RAF
Hawk T1A XX279 2 TWU / 63 Sqn Crashed into Swansea Bay The pilot ejected but he
sank on hitting the water
  Martin-Baker
30th January 1985
Abu D
Mirage           Martin-Baker
31st January 1985
Ger AF 
F-4F
Phantom II
37-99 711 Squadron
JG 71
" Richthofen"
 in Wittmund, GE
mid-air collision (air combat manoevering) Mouth of river Weser near the small town Burhave, GE Pilot 1st Lt Udo Zaydowicz
ejected, severe injury of back, but flying again 2,5 months
  Martin-Baker
WSO: Capt A. Scharbach
ejected, no injuries
Martin-Baker
31st January 1985
Ger AF  
F-4F
Phantom II 
37+95 711 Squadron
JG 71
" Richthofen"
 in Wittmund, GE
Pilot: 1st Lt L. Dannemann
ejected, minor injuries
  Martin-Baker
WSO: Maj Weber
no ejection
killed in crash
Martin-Baker

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st February 1985
Italy
MB-339        Major L. Romano   Martin-Baker
4th February 1985
Spain
CASA C.101 793‑04 EB01 E.25‑04 Spain A. G.Calleja   Martin-Baker
CDTE E. L. Menchon   Martin-Baker Mk.10
7th February 1985
Spain  
F-4 Phantom        Capt. R. D. Silva   Martin-Baker
TB G. L. Marquez   Martin-Baker
8th February 1985
Ger AF
F-104       O.Lt. F.Genge   Martin-Baker
8th February 1985
USAF
F‑16A 81‑0808
TJ r
614th TFS/401st TFW
Aviano AB
on approach to Aviano AB crashed near Cosa di Limena, Italy pilot ejected safely   ACES II
11th February 1985
SAAF
Mirage           Martin-Baker
15th February 1985
Czechoslovak AF
Mig-23BN 5746   SAU-23 engine malfunction during night training sortie crashed near "Hutna Hora" mountain Major Vojtech Barti ejected   KM-1
18th February 1985
Libya
Mirage       Lt. S. S. K. Shabouni    Martin-Baker
18th February 1985
German Marine
F-104G 26+70 MFG 2 In collision with RAF Harrier T4 XW933  crashed at Halle Capt. R. Gorath  ejected   Martin-Baker
18th February 1985
RAF
Harrier T4 XW933/AQ 3 Sqn collided with F-104G 26+70 of W.G.Marine  2 and
crashed at Bad Laer, West Germany
Flg. Off. K. B. McCann  ejected   Martin-Baker
rear crew member killed    
20th February 1985
USN
A‑7E Corsair 157510
AA 403
VA‑81 Engine failure, Ocala National Forest, nr Pinecastle, FL, USA pilot ejected safely   Escapac
27th February 1985
USMC
AV‑8C Harrier 158706
 WH
VMA‑542 engine failure and in‑flight fire, crashed into woods 5 M from MCAS Cherry Point, NC. USA,  pilot ejected safely   Stencel

   March

3rd March 1985
Chile
Casa C.101 405 BB02 Grupo n. 1       Martin-Baker Mk.10
6th March 1985
RAF
Lightning F6 XR772/AD 5 Sqn Loss of control in a spin. Crashed into the North Sea twenty miles north east of
Skegness, Lincs
The pilot ejected but was killed   Martin-Baker
11th March 1985
USN 
F-8G Crusader 146855
AF 606
VFP‑206
NAS Miramar
engine failure shortly after take‑off from NAS Miramar, crashed Sorrento Valley, CA, USA Cdr. D. G. Strong ejected    Martin-Baker
13th March 1985
Ind AF 
Hunter  

 

 
   W.C. Chandrashkar     Martin-Baker
W.C. K. S. Mandla       Martin-Baker
16th March 1985
HAF
F-104        A. Ilias   Martin-Baker
18th March 1985
GAF
RF-4E
Phantom II
35+27
AG 51
'Immelmann'
      Martin-Baker
1.Lt. E. Siegmann
ejected
1.Lt. E. Quintus
ejected
Martin-Baker
19th March 1985
Peru
Mirage       Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd March 1985
USAF
F-4D Phantom  66‑0249
ZF g
31st TTW
Tyndall AFB
Crashed into Gulf of Mexico S of Tyndall AFB, FL, USA Capt. M. Bauhuin      Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
23rd March 1985
Ger AF 
F-104       1.Lt. R. Dresbach   Martin-Baker
25th March 1985 Classified             Martin-Baker
27th March 1985
Abu D
Mirage       D.A.Othman   Martin-Baker
28th March 1985
USN
A‑7E 159266
ING 303
VA‑146
NAS Lemoore, CA, USA
engine failure pilot ejected safely   Escapac
31st March 1987
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160656
NIL 200
VF‑111
CVW-15
USS Carl Vinson

Hydraulic failure while on approach to carrier. Diverted to shore field, control lost crashed into north Arabian Sea 80 M from carrier

    Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt. Mike B.Boyd ejected RIO Lt. Mike Demuch ejected Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

My name is Mike Boyd, I was the pilot of F-14A 160656 on 31 MAR 1985.  I visited your web site, and thought I would add a detail or two about our flight and subsequent ejection.  We were assigned to Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) as part of Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).  You mentioned on your site that we suffered a hydraulic failure.  We actually suffered a DUAL hydraulic failure at night over the Indian Ocean.  We had been instructed to divert to Oman, but we realized that our fuel state combined with our near total lack of control would make said divert impossible.  We ejected only after fuel starvation approx. 80 NM from CVN -70.  Ours was the second dual hyd. failure in the history of the Tomcat.  A year or two later VF-124 had a dual hyd. failure coming in to NAS Miramar.  There was a student pilot in the back seat, and he was killed.  The first F-14 dual hyd. failure was in 1970 at Calverton N.Y. The test pilot in the back seat was killed.  My dual hydraulic failure was the only one of the three where no one was killed.  I was a LT at the time and my Radar Intercept Officer was LT Mike DeMuch.  I liked your site and thought I would add a little info. 

31st March 1985
USMC
 AV‑8B Harrier 161578
KID 24
VMAT‑203 engine fire, crashed near Long Island, NY, USA, pilot ejected safely   Stencel

 April  

1st April 1985
Danish
F-16A Block 5 E-179 Esk 730
Skrydstrup AFB
during an air combat mission. Collided at 14,000 feet with F-16A (78-0186, E-186) just north of Ribe Lieutenant ?? Jensen, ejected safely   ACES II
1st April 1985
RAF
 Jaguar GR1 XZ388/AH 14 Sqn Crashed near Rebberlah, West Germany  Flg. Off. G.Brough   Martin-Baker
2nd April 1985
USAF
F‑106B 57‑2521 101st FIS MA ANG, Wolfboro

Collided with F‑106A 57‑2455 which landed safely nearr Pease AFB, NH, USA

pilot ejected safely   Convair
2nd April 1985
USAF
T‑38A 63‑8125   Bird strike near Wichita Falls, TX. USA ejected   Weber
ejected   Weber
3rd April 1985
Arg AF
Mirage           Martin-Baker
3rd April 1985 Fr AF Mirage       Lt. Koenig   Martin-Baker
9th April 1985
USAF  
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
14th April 1985
USMC
A‑4M Skyhawk 160257
WP 17
VMA‑223 Lost control during post‑maintenance check flight near Yuma MCAS, AZ, USA pilot ejected safely   Escapac
15th April 1985 ??? ???       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
16th April 1985
Fr AF 
Mirage       Lt. Desiles   Martin-Baker
Lt. Accard   Martin-Baker
17th April 1985
RAF
Hawk T1 XX293 4 FTS The canopy had opened after pilot forgot to lock it. Crashed through power lines and into a cottage on take off from Wattisham, Suffolk P.O A.Crosby   Martin-Baker
19th April 1985
Arg AF 
Mirage IIIC C-707   Undercarriage malfunction Major Kajihara   Martin-Baker
30th April 1985
USN
F-4S Phantom  155836
AF 105
VF‑201 Engine caught fire after take‑off from NAS Dallas. Crashed South Grand Prairie, SW of NAS Dallas, TX, USA Lt. Cdr. D.H. Jaggers   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. A.L.Cook   Martin-Baker
3rd April 1985
USMC
AV‑8C Harrier 158954
WH 00
VMA‑542
MCAS Cherry Point, NC

Crashed into Atlantic 50 M off MCAS Cherry Point, NC , USA.

RAF pilot ejected safely   Stencel

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
8th May 1985
Gree
Mirage       Capt. Binas   Martin-Baker
8th May 1985
BAF
Mirage 5 BA BA 19 3 wtac Engine failure  following  compressor problem. Gutersloh, Germany Cdt De Petter   Martin-Baker
9th May 1985
Fr N
F-8 Crusader       ENS F.Hoff   Martin-Baker
10th May 1985
USA
Grumman OV-1D Mohawk Sn. 62-05899   crashed in Arizona, USA Mr. P. Tucker   Martin-Baker
E6
D. W. Margraitz
  Martin-Baker
16th May 1985
USAF
F‑16B 79‑0416 MC r 56th TTW Control lost  during ACM, 68 M SW of MacDill AFB, FL, USA ejected   ACES II
ejected   ACES II
21st May 1985
USAF
RF-4C Phantom  64‑1036       106th TRS AL ANG, avoiding a light aircraft  near Volk Field ANGB. WI. USA, M. OConner

J.C. Fitts

C. Kidd

R. Peloetier

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
21st May 1985
USAF
F-4 Phantom          Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
22nd May 1985
SAAF
Mirage       Capt. L. Plessis   Martin-Baker
22nd May 1985

also given as

25th May 1985


USN
EA-4F 154655
GD108
VAQ-33 At North Island, CA,  Suffered engine failure during emergency approach in instrument conditions pilot Lt Matt Hawley ejected killed   Escapac
NFO LT Kathy "KC" Cullen ejected survived

SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE TO EJECT FROM A US NAVY JET.

  Escapac
22nd May 1985 should this be  25th May 1985?
USN
A‑4E 149655
UX 24
VC‑13 caught fire and engine failed during ACM and disintegrated into Pacific off CA, USA  pilot ejected safely   Escapac
28th May 1985
Libya
Mirage       LTNafib   Martin-Baker
28th May 1985
Libya
Mirage       Lt. Abdeffalam   Martin-Baker
28th May 1985
AusAF 
Mirage IIIO(F) A3-36 75 Sqn Darwin NT Compressor stall/loss of thrust in circuit. Crashed 1.5 nm west of Darwin Flg. Off. A. John Quaife ejected at 1,000 ft and 200 kts - minor injuries Martin-Baker
28th May 1985
Braz
Tuc           Martin-Baker
29th May 1985
Fr AF
Mirage       Lt. Heurtebise   Martin-Baker
                 

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th June 1985
Can
F-18 Hornet       Lt.COL D.Kenny   Martin-Baker
5th June 1985
Kuw
Mirage        2.Lt. F.A.Nemran   Martin-Baker
12th June 1985
USMC
A‑4M 158187
SC
VMAT‑102
Yuma MCAS
engine flamed out due to lost engine oil pressure; nr Yuma MCAS, AZ. USA

pilot ejected safely

  Escapac
14th June 1985
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2A
 
XV341 / 'RF'
 B3-19-66

 
12 Sqn.
RAF Lossiemouth
Excessive tailplane movement due to an improperly secured nut and bolt. Crashed after loss of control on approach to RAF Lossiemouth, Grampian Flt. Lt. M. D. Hayter
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. William "Willie" Steele (RAF) killed   Martin-Baker
24th June 1985
USMC
A‑4F 155057
ME 09
VMA‑133 Caught fire over Yuma ranges, AZ, USA

pilot ejected safely

  Escapac
25th June 1985
Spain
Mirage       Capt. Okeilly   Martin-Baker
27th June 1985
USN
A‑7E 160540
NIL 301
VA‑97
NAS Lemoore
Engine failure on approach to NAS Lemoore, CA, USA

pilot ejected safely

  Escapac
29th June 1985
USAF
A‑10A Thunderbolt II 79‑0208
EL r
23rd TFW Collided with A‑10A 80‑0177 which landed safely, Crashed Nellis ranges, NV, USA     ACES II

   July     

3rd July 1985
BAF
Mirage 5 BD BD 06 2 wtac Engine failure Florennes crashed close to Philippeville Capt J. J. Dewael   Martin-Baker
Lt E. Lemercinier   Martin-Baker
3rd July 1985
NZ
Strikemaster     flying low level in the South Island of NZ P.O. Pete Lindsay   Martin-Baker
9th July 1985
RAF
Jaguar GR1 XZ365/33 2 Sqn aircraft began to disintegrate after it struck trees in bad weather on high ground near Mesched,
east of Dortmund, West Germany
 Flg. Off. I. J. Baston   Martin-Baker
9th July 1985
USMC
A‑4M 160023
CF 17
VMA‑211 crashed into Pacific water after losing control during ACM pilot ejected (fate ??)   Escapac
10th July 1985
USAF
 A‑7D 71‑0367
OH
66th TFS OH ANG engine failure Jefferson Proving Grounds, OH, USA pilot ejected   Escapac
                 
 

A US Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion crashed into a mountain at Okinawa on July 12, killing all four crew. The helicopter was based at MCAS Futenma.

13th July 1985
USN
A‑4F 154992
6

Blue Angels

collided with A‑4F 155029 on the top of a loop during display, Niagara Falls IAP, NY, USA

photos via Blue Angels Alumni

Escapac
LCdr
Mike Gershon killed
Lt. Andy Caputi ejected safely Escapac
 

Two McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks of the US Navy's Blue Angels aerobatic team were involved in a midair collision at Niagara Falls air display on Saturday, July 13. The two solo Skyhawks collided at the top of an opposition loop. Lt Cdr Michael Gershon was killed, and Lt Andrew Capati ejected. The two aircraft fell clear of spectators, and no injuries to people on the ground are reported. The team will continue the season as a fiveship show.

13th July 1985
USN
A‑7E 159990
NF 404
VA‑56
USS Midway
engine failure, crashed in sea off USS Midway pilot ejected safely   Escapac
13th July 1985
USA
Grumman OV-1C Mohawk  Sn. 61-02686

158 MI (GA ARNG)

Georgia

Crashed in Georgia, USA. While on a training
mission
pilot, 1st Lt. M. P. Bishop, ejected safely   Martin-Baker
Instructor Pilot CW4 Phillip A. Parish II ejection was unsuccessful   Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected on command (using the lower handle) as the A/C rolled through 90 deg. At the same time that pilot pulled his handle, IP pulled the upper handle on his seat. However the delay from the upper handle allowed the A/C to roll completely inverted at the time of IP's ejection.
15th July 1985
Col
Mirage       CAPT C. J. A. Dahl   Martin-Baker
16th July 1985
Gree 
F-104       G. Dritsakos   Martin-Baker
17th July 1985
USMC
 F/A‑18A Hornet 162404
VW 302
VMFA‑314
USS Coral
struck ramp at night and slid off the deck on USS Coral Sea Capt. P. L. Haake   Martin-Baker
17th July 1985
USN
 A‑7E 159267
NO 306
VA‑146 engine failure, crashed  into Pacific pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
21st July 1985
Iraq
Mirage           Martin-Baker
30th July 1985
USAF
 F‑16A 80‑0606
hFi
496th TFS/50th TFW, Hahn AB, West Germany caught fire on runway pilot ejected safely   ACES II
31st July 1985
Ind AF
Ajeet       Sqn. Ldr.  M. Banefjee    Martin-Baker

   August     

1st August 1985
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 149954
AA 523
VA‑85 Dare County range, NC, USA LtJg W. J. Cain   Martin-Baker
Lt. C. E. Anderson   Martin-Baker
5th August 1985 Pak SY.F6       Sqn. Ldr. N. Sadiq   Martin-Baker
8th August 1985
USAF
A‑7D 69‑6198
LV
4450th TG NW of Tinker AFB pilot ejected   Escapac
12th August 1985
USAF
OF‑100D 56‑3673
133
475th WEG engine failure during manned flight on flight from Tyndall AFB, FL, USA Pilot ejected   NAA
14th August 1985
Pak
SY.F6       Flt. Lt. Khizar   Martin-Baker
19th August 1985
RAAF
Macchi MB326 trainer A7-085 77 Sqn Engine fire during  strafing run. Crashed at Salt Ash air weapons range, Williamtown NSW Pilot Officer Chase Callcott ejected at 2,500ft, 200kt. 50o nose up. Suffered slight injuries due to through the canopy ejection   Martin-Baker
20th August 1985
USN
A‑7E 153838
03
NSWC
NAS Fallon
crashed short of the runway after loss of control  NSWC, NAS Fallon, NV, USA Pilot ejected   Escapac
21st August 1985 ??? F-4 Phantom II
?????
          Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
22nd August 1985
SAAF
Impala       CAPT C. Kempis   Martin-Baker
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 pilot ejected safely   Escapac
28th August 1985
Togo
Alpha       Capt. Tagba   Martin-Baker
Capt. Ayeva   Martin-Baker

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
FA-06 c/n 6H-6 Fiscal Year : 78-0121 Line-nr SABCA : B-009
 
  • 210979: Taken on charge by the Belgian Air Force
  • 020985: Crash at Rochefort (Havrenne). Pilot ejected safely. Kapt.vl.Etienne De Meulenaere (1 Wing - 350 Squadron)

 

                 
3rd September 1985 Classified             Martin-Baker
9th September 1985
USAF
F-4E Phantom  67‑0308
GA

035th TTW,

 

Leach Lake Gunnery range, 67 NM NE of George AFB, CA, USA, during run, 1 of crew killed

 
Lt. P. A. White   Martin-Baker
13th September 1985
USMC
OV‑10A 155464
93
VMO‑7

crashed 3 miles from an airfield after engine failure during post‑maintenance check flight

     
     
17th September 1985
Greek Air Force
Mirage           Martin-Baker
19th September 1985
RAF
Lightning F-6 XS921 "BA" 11(F) Squadron Control runaway giving full left aileron.
Crashed into the North Sea fifty miles off Flamborough
Head, Yorks
Flt. LT Craig Penrice ejected -"Pulled the handle at 19,000ft, 0.98 M or 540 kts. Broken elbow and broken knee, returned to flying 11 months later after 22 bits of metal to fix broken joints and a nerve transplant. Martin-Baker
26th September 1985
RAF
Hawk T.1A XX333/G 2 TWU / 151 Sqn collided and
crashed during ACT at Decimomannu
Range, Sardinia
     
Flt. Lt. Piers Applegarth [contacted]
ejected
Flt. Lt. John "Kiwi" Watson
ejected
Martin-Baker
collided and
crashed during ACT at Decimomannu
Range, Sardinia
    Martin-Baker
26th September 1985
RAF
Hawk T.1A XX340/Z 2 TWU / 151 Sqn Flt. Lt. Malcolm W.  Brown
ejected
  Martin-Baker

   October    

3rd October 1985
Ger AF 
F-104        MAJ A. Kreuzinger- Janik   Martin-Baker
7th October 1985
RAF
 Jaguar GR1A XX728 6 Sqn collided with Jaguar GR1A XX731, of 6 Sqn, whose pilot was killed.near Alston, Cumbria Flg. Off. Friday ejected   Martin-Baker
7th October 1985
Gree
F-4 Phantom         P. Dimitros   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
15th October 1985
Ind AF 
Ajeet       F.O. C. P. Yadav   Martin-Baker
17th October 1985 Ind AF Jaguar       Flt. Lt. J. S. Walia   Martin-Baker
30th October 1985
USAF
A‑10A 79‑0089
MD
104th TFS
MD ANG
crashed while avoiding flock of birds 1 M NNE of Emenckville, PA. USA pilot ejected safely   ACES II

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
6th November 1985
USAF  
RF-4C Phantom  69‑0364
ZR
26th TRW
Zweibrucken AB
Crashed 20 km NE of Zweibrucken AB, West Germany ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
5th November 1985
USN
 NTA‑4J Skyhawk   NWC
NAS Patuxent
Maryland
Crashed shortly after take‑off near NAS Patuxent River, VA, USA ejected   Escapac
ejected   Escapac
  Nov 7, 1985
The two pilots of the TA-4 Skyhawk fighter trainer had safely ejected and ... the crash. pm They were en route to China Lake via Little Rock Air Force Base ...
8th November 1985
Ind AF 
Ajeet        Flt. Lt. S. Shah   Martin-Baker
15th November 1985 Civ         Mr. K. Grubbs   Martin-Baker
15th November 1985
 USAF
F‑16A 82‑0940
WA
57th FWW collided with F‑168 82‑1029 1 pilot killed, 2    ejected safely

Details ???

  ACES II
15th November 1985
USAF
F‑16B 82‑1029
WA
57th FWW collided with F‑16A 82‑0940   ACES II
26th November 1985
USAF
T‑37B 58‑1917 323rd FTW Yuba County, CA ejected   Weber
ejected   Weber

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd December 1985
Fr N 
Etend       ENS E. V. Hays   Martin-Baker
13th December 1985
Ind AF 
Hunter       F.O. L. S. Bachher    Martin-Baker
18th December 1985
Pak   
SY.F6         P.O T.Chaudhry   Martin-Baker
26th December 1985
USAF
F-4E Phantom   74‑1056
SPY
81 st TFS,52nd TFW HerforsL 2 km S of Spangdahlem AB. West Germany Capt. T. Spicer   Martin-Baker
Capt. G. Wiggam   Martin-Baker
December 1985 ???             Martin-Baker
December 1985 ???             Martin-Baker
27th December 1985
Pak
SY.F6       Flt. Lt. Abid   Martin-Baker
31st December 1985
Oman 
Jaguar       Flt. Lt. T. A. F. Mullen   Martin-Baker

 

 

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