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   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st January 1986
Iraq
Mirage           Martin-Baker
3rd January 1986
Fr AF
Jaguar       Capt. Olivier   Martin-Baker
7th January 1986
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV434/J 29 Sqn Crashed in the Yorkshire Dales near West Burton, twenty
miles north west of Harrogate
Flt. Lt. I. K. Ferguson   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. S.C. Williams   Martin-Baker
10th January 1986
Italy
F-104        Lt. G. B. Sala   Martin-Baker
14th January 1986
USAF
F-4C Phantom  63‑7625
SA
182nd TFS TX ANG , nr Tilden, TX, USA COL G. Walston   Martin-Baker
MAJ B. Beezley   Martin-Baker
7th January 1986
USAF
F-15C Eagle 79-0061
BT
 525 TFS
 Bitburg Air Base
Crashed near Rimschweiler, Saarland, Germany after mid-air collision. One civilian on the ground killed One pilot ejected safely, the other was killed

DETAILS ???

  ACES II
7th January 1986
USAF
F-15C Eagle 80-0032
BT
 525 TFS
 Bitburg Air Base
 
15th January 1986
USAF
F‑5E 74‑1542
42
527th AS/10th TRW Bernstein AB, West Germany pilot ejected safely   Northrop
17th January 1986
USMC
AV‑88 162724
CG
Yuma MCAS birdstrike nr Yuma MCAS, AZ, USA pilot ejected safely   Stencel

   February 

3rd February 1986
Sing
Hunter           Martin-Baker
11th February 1986
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Capt. D. M. Moss   Martin-Baker
14th February 1986
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159846
NH 205
VF‑213
USS Enterprise
Ran out of fuel. Crashed into Philippine Sea nearly 500 NM northwest from the battle group off USS Enterprise found “alive and well” the next morning, returning on board late that afternoon by SH-3s. Pilot Lt. Ross J. Sklenka ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
RIO Lt. Cdr. Thomas Lorenzo ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
15th February 1986
USAF
F-4 Phantom        Capt. G. Waskowsky   Martin-Baker
Capt. H. Ruizramos   Martin-Baker
18th February 1986
USN
A-6 Intruder       LtJg S. R. Young   Martin-Baker
Lt. J. T. Casey   Martin-Baker
21st February 1986
Ind AF 
Ajeet       Sqn. Ldr. Y. R. Rane   Martin-Baker
26th February 1986
Ind AF
Ajeet       A.COM T. K. Sen   Martin-Baker
27th February 1986
USMC
AV‑8B 162079
VL 12
VMA‑331
MCAS Cherry Point
Lost control. Crashed near MCAS Cherry Point, NC. USA pilot ejected safely   Stencel
28th February 1986
USAF
 T‑38A 64‑13296 47th FTW   ejected safely   Weber
ejected safely   Weber

   March

3rd March 1986
WGAF
TF-104G 5940
28+10

JaboG 34
Engine fire in the landing circuit at Decimomannu, Air Base, Sardinia, Italy crashed onto A/D     Martin-Baker
GQ-7A
Hptm  Wolfgang Wild
ejected
StUffz  Thorsten Fässler
ejected
Martin-Baker
GQ-7A
  (The StUffz was along for a joyrride and never realized what would happen! The sequenced ejection system initiated by the pilot deposited him close to a large cactus near the airfield, unhurt and just slightly confused!).
4th March 1986
Pak
SY.F6       Flg. Off. A. Zaheer   Martin-Baker
5th March 1986
USAF
F-4 Phantom        MAJ W. A. Rotenthall   Martin-Baker
MAJ R. Patchett    
8th March 1986
USN
A-7E
Corsair II
159973
NH 410
 VA94
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
On short final to the carrier when his engine quit. He veered right of the ship, slowed his plane ,pulled up and ejected Crashed into Indian Ocean Cmdr Chamberlain CO ejected for the 3rd time and recovered

[see also ??]

Escapac
12th March 1986
WGAF
Tornado 44+93 JaboG 33       Martin-Baker
MAJ G.Berg Lt. H. Ottl Martin-Baker
12th March 1986
USN  
F-14A Tomcat

161613
 NK 205 

 
VF‑2
USS Constellation
struck ramp at night landing on USS Constellation. Crashed  into Pacific off southern CA. USA Lt. R. V. Mills   Martin-Baker
Lt. T. A. Powell   Martin-Baker
18th March 1986
Italy
F-104       MAJ A. Biagetti   Martin-Baker
26th March 1986
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160685
NL 110
VF‑51 Control lost during ACM crashed off the coast of CA, USA, Cdr.C. F. Zullinger   Martin-Baker
Lt. R. Samolovitch   Martin-Baker
27th March 1986
Fr AF
Jaguar       Lt. M. Etcheberry   Martin-Baker
15th March 1986
USMC
OA‑4M 154624
YU
H&MS‑13
MCAS
lost power on approach to El Toro, CA, USA ejected   Escapac
ejected   Escapac

 April  

3rd April 1986

Dubai
Hawk       2.Lt. A. K. F. Maktoum   Martin-Baker
6th April 1986
USN
A‑6E Intruder   NAS Lemoore collided with an A‑7E ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
7th April 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler 160789
NF 604
VAO‑136 Engine fire and hydraulics failure. Crashed into Pacific 97 NM S of Tokyo, Japan LtJg K. F. Hancock   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. R. H. Millar   Martin-Baker
Lt. A. J. Wineland   Martin-Baker
8th April 1986
Fr AF
Alpha Jet E   ET8   CMDT S. Larroque   Martin-Baker
13th April 1986
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Lt. H. J.Collins   Martin-Baker
Lt. J.C. Sadler   Martin-Baker
16th April 1986
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ491
R 000
801 Sqn
HMS Ark Royal
Fuel exhaustion.  due to instrument malfunction and carrier misdirection in
bad weather crashed into the sea off Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
Lt. Cdr. Andy Sinclair ejected safely

Lt. Cdr. Sinclair transferred from the Royal Australian Navy to the Royal Navy in 1984

Martin-Baker

16 April 1986 a BAe Sea Harrier FRS1, .  He was very much a member of the RN when he crashed the SHAR and had no ties to the RAN (other than by prior experience). 

I do not believe the aircraft was a BAe test bed either.  I remember it as just a normal squadron aircraft. 

 Andy was a member of 800 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) which was a part of the HMS Illustrious CAG.  They were on board Ark Royal as reinforcements/guests during an extensive operational training period for 801 NAS (Ark Royal CAG's Fighter squadron).

 Very best regards,

 Dave B
in email 14th October 2007

25th April 1986
USN
T‑2C 159717
C
TW‑3
NAS Kingsville, TX, USA
controls jammed pilot ejected safely    

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
4th May 1986
USN
TA‑4J 153460
C
TW‑3 NAS Chase Field, TX ejected   Escapac
ejected   Escapac
20th May 1986
USN
A‑7E 160858
NIL
VA‑27China Lake, CA, USA engine problems during post maintenance check‑flight

 pilot ejected safely

  Escapac
21st May 1986
Fr AF
Mirage       CNE Hendel   Martin-Baker
25th May 1986
RAF
Vampire  XH304 CFS Vintage Pair Meteor T7 WA669 collided with the Vampire. During the air show at Mildenhall crashed into a field killing both crew Sgt. A. Ball   Martin-Baker
Sqn. Ldr. D. Marchant   Martin-Baker
27th May 1986
Ind AF
Jaguar       Flt. Lt. A.C. Bharali   Martin-Baker
Friday 30th May 1986
USMC
A‑4M
Skyhawk
158158
WL

VMA‑311
Tomcats
MCAS El Toro. CA, USA
collided with A‑4M 160033 during in‑flight refueling Captain. Steven N. "Bix" Bixler
ejected safely
  Escapac
Friday 30th May 1986
USMC
A‑4M
Skyhawk
160033
WL

VMA‑311
Tomcats
MCAS El Toro. CA, USA
collided with A‑4M 158158 during in‑flight refueling Capt. Lionel "Digger" Rotelli Jr
ejected safely
  Escapac
 

"   .   .   With respect to the following ejections, this accident occurred over the Pacific Ocean off of the Southern California coast while preparing for a Transpac by VMA-311. These aircraft were waiting their turn to get checked out on the KC-10's aerial refueling system. Both aircraft were assigned to VMA-311 and had WL designations. I know this because I was plugged into the tanker when this accident occurred. They were part of a 5-ship division awaiting their turn to tanker fuel and we were nowhere near Pisgah Crater.
They were rescued out of the Pacific Ocean! Thanks.

"Bix" and "Digger" are doing well to this very day.

Semper Fi, Capt. Kevin M. Mac Donnell
aka "Feeny"
in email 10th December 2011

Corrected following email above. It had originally been entered as happened in Pisgah Crater, NE of Ludlow, CA. Amended 11th December 2011

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
6th June 1986
RAF
Jet Provost T5A  XW411/133   collided during tail chase with Jet Provost T5A XW411/133 and
crashed near Helmsley, North Yorks
Flg. Off. D. Bryson

Sqn. Ldr. R. Llndo

Flt. Lt. B. Iddon

  Martin-Baker
6th June 1986
RAF
Jet Provost T5A  XW407/122   CHECK Brick Bryson's personal testimony   Martin-Baker
6th June 1986
Ger AF 
RF-4E Phantom II 35+81 AG51       Martin-Baker
MAJ J. Kupsch V. Nass Martin-Baker
9th June 1986
 USAF
F-4 Phantom        ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
12th June 1986
SAAF
Impala       Capt. B. Bamard   Martin-Baker
12th June 1986
SAAF
Impala       Lt. M. Fenner   Martin-Baker
12th June 1986
SAAF
Impala       Major J. E. Garrett
12 June 1986    Impala Mk1    607    Mid-air collision with Mk2 1013    near Tzaneen
 
12 June 1986    Impala Mk2    1013    Mid-air collision with Mk1 607     near Tzaneen
 
Martin-Baker
16th June 1986
Italy
F-104       Major R. Di Labbio    
16th June 1986
JASDF
F-4 Phantom           Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
16th June 1986
JASDF
F-4 Phantom           Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
17th June 1986
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW916/W 4 Sqn Major electrical failure. Crashed short of the runway at Yeovilton, Somerset. Flt. Lt. G. A. Humphreys

CHECK FILE for personal testimony & photo

  Martin-Baker
18th June 1986
16:00

 USAF
F-4E Phantom II   108th Tactical Fighter Wing
New Jersey Air National Guard
McGuire Air Force Base

Crashed in a remote section of the Pine Barrens in Burlington County, southeast of Chatsworth, N.J

    Martin-Baker
1st Lt. Benjamin J. Zerbey 1st Lt. Michael L. Cunniff
ejected
sustained a shoulder and arm injury
Martin-Baker
 

Crash of Air Guard Jet Starts Pine Barrens Fire

Published: June 19, 1986

A New Jersey Air National Guard jet fighter crashed in a remote section of the Pine Barrens in Burlington County yesterday, starting a fire that scorched at least 90 acres of woodland. The two fliers aboard ejected safely before the crash and were reported to have sustained minor injuries.

The plane, an F-4E Phantom of the Guard's 108th Tactical Fighter Wing, went down in a heavily wooded area southeast of Chatsworth, N.J., at 4 P.M. while on a training mission from McGuire Air Force Base, 20 miles to the north. It exploded upon impact in a region of scrub pine, part of the preserve that covers one million acres in southern New Jersey.

The resulting fire was brought under control in about two hours.

The pilot, First Lieut. Benjamin J. Zerbey, 29 years old, of Florence, and the flight systems operator, First Lieut. Michael L. Cunniff, 29, of Cedar Grove, were rescued by a state police helicopter and taken to Walson Hospital at Fort Dix. Lieutenant Cunniff was reported to have sustained a shoulder separation and possible broken arm. The hospital said both men were being held for observation.

 

18th June 1986
 USN
F-14 Tomcat       Lt.JG F. R. Kara   Martin-Baker
20th June 1986
 USN
F-14A Tomcat  158983
ND
VF‑302

Lost at sea, hit ground during ACM

Lt. Cdr. W. T. Lebeda   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. T. F. Nagelin   Martin-Baker
20th June 1986
 USMC
F-4S Phantom  153874
MA 02
VMFA‑112

collided with F‑4S 155531 nr Morgan Hill, BO M SW of Fort Worth, TX, USA

Major J. Branch

Major J. Sluder

MAJ J. Stover

MAJ F. Rademacher

WHO WAS IN WHICH AIRCRAFT

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
20th June 1986
 USMC
F-4S Phantom II 155531
MA 04
VMFA‑112

 collided with F‑4S 153874 nr Morgan Hill, 80 M SW of Fort Worth, TX,

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
25th June 1986
Belg
Mirage       Capt. A. P. Delferriere   Martin-Baker
26th June 1986
 USMC
A-6 Intruder 159902
NE 400
VMA (AW)-121 "Green Knights" Hydraulics failure during mission to carry out 300 gal drop tanks on ordnance stations one and five alomg
with other stores also to observe and photograph surface vessels operating near CV-61USS Ranger.
Pilot Capt. Vincent Paul "Brillo" Higgins ejected and rescued by SH-3G helicopter
Dick Higgins via Bob Dorr
Martin-Baker
BN Capt. Richard
Racine ejected and rescued by SH-3G helicopter
  Martin-Baker
27th June 1986
Braz 
        Mirage    
27th June 1986
 USMC
EA‑6B 158543
NJ 910
VAQ‑129 caught fire during post‑maintenance test‑flight off Point Reyes, CA, USA Lt.JG J. M. Greene   Martin-Baker
Lt. K. D. Fink    Martin-Baker
Lt. K. A. Lipscomb   Martin-Baker
28th June 1986
RAF
Harrier GR3 XW769/A 4 Sqn  Crashed following loss of control after completing its
display at Chievres Air Show Belgium
pilot ejected but was killed   Martin-Baker

   July     

1st July 1986
USAF 
RF-4C Phantom   38th TRS   M. Hefferly   Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
3rd July 1986
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV471 19 Sqn  abandoned of approach to RAF Wildenrath, West
Germany following systems failure. Crashed into a field near Rathanhoven.
Flg. Off. R. Walters-Morgan   Martin-Baker
Flt. LTC. V. J. Heames   Martin-Baker
7th July 1986
RAF
Hawk T1 XX223 4 FTS Bounced on landing at Valley, Anglesey and then crashed onto the runway Flg. Off. M.Cable   Martin-Baker
10th July 1986
 (PAF)
Shenyang FT-6           Martin-Baker Mk.10PKD
Flt. Lt. Ejaz Ahmed
ejected
[see also 21st November 1986]
  Martin-Baker Mk.10PKD
13th July 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler
VAQ135

CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
               All ejected using Martin-Baker GRU.7A seats
Lt. Cdr. J. R. Powell        Lt. R. E. King          LtJg R. D. Sandlin             LtJg D. J. Shea   
Lost after a catapult launch, following “control malfunction.” commander landed on the flight deck after ejecting
Pilot & one crew member ejected - land back on deck, both injured. Other two crew ejected - landed and recovered from water - can anyone identify who was who
14th July 1986 Classified NFD       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
15th July 1986
RAF
Lightning F6 XR760/BL 11 Sqn Engine fire. Crashed into the North Sea fifteen miles off Whitby,
North Yorks
Flt. Lt. R. G. Bees ejected   Martin-Baker
25th July 1986
Italy
F.G91        Sgt. G. Lombardo   Martin-Baker

   August     

5th August 1986
FAV
Mirage       Major L. D. Valdes   Martin-Baker
5th August 1986
FAV
Mirage       CNE O. P. Escolona   Martin-Baker
5th August 1986
FAV
Mirage       CNE W. C. Soteldo   Martin-Baker
6th August 1986
USN
TA‑4J 158121
A
VT‑7 engine failure
NAS Meridian, MS, USA
Ejected   Escapac
Ejected   Escapac
10th August 1986 Pak SY.F6       Flt. Lt. Muqtadar   Martin-Baker
12th August 1986
USN
A‑7E 159642
NL 413
VA‑27
NAS Lemoore, CA, USA
ran off runway pilot ejected safely   Escapac
13th August 1986
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161167
NG
VF‑211 lost at sea, hit ground at low‑level Lt.JG M. R. Brown   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. B. W.Clingan   Martin-Baker
14th August 1986
Rom
Swift       G. M. Stoica   Martin-Baker
15th August 1986 Classified NFD       ??? ejected   Martin-Baker
??? ejected   Martin-Baker
15th August 1986
Iraq
Mirage           Martin-Baker
20th August 1986
Fr AF
Mirage IVA           Martin-Baker Mk.BM.4
CDT Kerforn Lt. Imbert Martin-Baker Mk.BM.4
22nd August 1986
Ind AF 
Kiran        Cadet K. Srinivaa Rao    Martin-Baker
23rd August 1986
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161148
AB
VF‑33 lost at sea, during post‑maintenance check‑flight Lt. J. J. Ziegler   Martin-Baker
Lt. J. A. Firanzi   Martin-Baker
24th August 1986
Italy 
        Capt. A.Corselli   Martin-Baker
25th August 1986
USN
TA‑4J 155077
JY
VC‑12 hit ground during post‑maintenance check‑flight nr NAS Oceana, VA, USA pilot ejected safely   Escapac

29th August 1986


DDR

MIG‑21 PFM

 760513
809

JG‑2

Engine problems. Crashed Klein Dratow, Germany

OSL Peter Josek ejected

 

SK-1

   September     

3rd September 1986
USN
F-14 Tomcat       Cdr. S. J.Carro   Martin-Baker
11th September 1986
Fr N
Etendard       CC V. Johannart   Martin-Baker
11th September 1986
USAF
4000th ejection
????
F‑16A 80‑0599
WA
57th FWW engine failure pilot ejected safely   ACES II
18th September 1986
Iraq
Mirage           Martin-Baker
21st September 1986
USN
 TA‑4J 158508
B 113
VT‑22, NAS Kingsville, TX, USA Left runway during take‑off ejected safely   Escapac
ejected safely   Escapac
23rd September 1986
USMC 
F-4S Phantom  155833
or
158374

can anyone confirm BuNo

VMFA‑312
MCAS Beaufort
in collision with F‑4S 70 NM E of MCAS Beaufort, SC. USA, Atlantic Ocean
Other crew did not survive
1.Lt. S. A.Colyer   Martin-Baker
Capt. R. H. Rives   Martin-Baker
24th September 1986
Port
F.G91       Lt.C M. Goncalves   Martin-Baker
Capt. B. De Sousa   Martin-Baker
25th September 1986
Fr AF 
Mirage       Lt. S. Philip   Martin-Baker
29th September 1986
USN
TA‑4J 154322
C
VT‑25 Engine flamed out near NAS Chase Field, TX. USA

pilot ejected safely

  Escapac

   October    

9th October 1986 USN TA‑4J 158091
B
TW‑2 NAS Kingsville, TX, USA ejected   Escapac
ejected   Escapac
9th October 1986
USAF
 F‑16A 82‑0998
TJ bl
612th TFS/401st TFW Zaragoza, Spain pilot ejected safely   ACES II
18th October 1986

Kuw

Mirage       Lt. A. Samdan   Martin-Baker
20th October 1986
USAF  
F-4E Phantom II   Moody Air Force Base Training mission. Bird strike. Crashed into  the Oconee Swamp near Uvalda.      
Kenneth D. Hoggat ejected. Found dead the next day 1st Lt. Thomas G. O'Reilly ejected, found alive, dangling from a tree by his parachute lines Martin-Baker
                 
 

AROUND THE NATION; Body of Pilot Is Found After Fighter Crashes

Published: October 22, 1986
The body of an Air Force pilot was found today, a day after he ejected from his jet fighter before it crashed into a swamp near here.

Another crewman was found alive, dangling from a tree by his parachute lines.

An Air Force spokesman, Capt. Edward Worley, said the F-4E jet on a training mission when it apparently hit a bird before crashing in the Oconee Swamp near Uvalda.

The pilot was identified as Capt. Kenneth D. Hoggatt, 27 years old, of Woodbridge, Va. The other crewman, 1st Lieut. Thomas G. O'Reilly, 25, of New York City, was unhurt, said Sgt. Pat Miller, a spokesman for Moody Air Force Base.

 

22nd October 1986
USN
 T‑2B 155223
F
 VT‑10 collided with another T‑2B which landed safely. NAS Pensacola, FL, USA ejected OK    
ejected - killed    
27th October 1986
USAF
F-111         McDonnell Escape Capsule
??? WSO R. Mike Mullane
28th October 1986
Braz
Tuc       Capt. J. R. Borin   Martin-Baker
16th October 1985
3:45

IDF/AF
F-4E Phantom II 309   Bomb exploded on release, just east of Sidon in Lebanon Martin-Baker
Pilot
Ishay Aviram ejected recovered by hanging onto helicopter skid
Navigator Ron Arad ejected
captured by Shiite Moslem militia Amal
POW in Lebanon and later Iran (still missing)
Martin-Baker
29th October 1986 NFD         ejected   Martin-Baker

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd November 1986
RAF
Hawk T1A XX297 Red Arrows Engine
surged and cut after the aircraft flew into the jet wash of the leading aircraft. Unable to relight the engine During a display practice at Scampton, Lincs
Flt. Lt. D. Findlay   Martin-Baker
4th November 1986
USMC
AV‑8B 162745 WH MCAS Cherry Point  Crashed into Atlantic Ocean E of MCAS Cherry Point, NC, USA. Collided with F/A‑18A 161981 which landed safely. pilot ejected safely   Stencel
12th November 1986
RAAF 
MB326       Flg. Off. T. R. Ellis   Martin-Baker
18th November 1986
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Lt.COL M. Lynch   Martin-Baker
19th November 1986
USAF
F-4 Phantom        CAPT   Martin-Baker
Lt.COL   Martin-Baker
21st November 1986
 (PAF)
Shenyang F-6       Flt. Lt. Ejaz Ahmed
ejected
[see also 10th July 1986
  Martin-Baker Mk.10PKD

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd December 1986
RAF
Tornado GR1 ZA555 TWCU Crashed into a field at Rookery Farm, Wortham, near Diss,
Norfolk
Flt. Lt. J. Magowan   Martin-Baker
Sqn. Ldr. E. J. Wyer   Martin-Baker
5th December 1986
RAF
Hawk T1 1 TWCU   Engine failure crashed near Diss, Norfolk     Martin-Baker
10th December 1986
RAF
Tornado GR1 ZA605/G 617 Sqn Collided with Tornado GR1 ZA611/A  617 Sqn while joining
up after take off from Marham on a night sortie. Crashed onto a disused railway line one and
a half miles north of Thorney, Cambs. ZA611 made an emergency landing at
Marham
Flt. Lt. R. P. Lewis   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. A. M. Randall   Martin-Baker
12th December 1986
RAAF
Macchi trainer    2 FTS crashed into Moore River, WA did crew eject ???    
15th December 1986
RAF
Hawk       Capt. P. M. Merryman   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. O. J. Tholen   Martin-Baker
16th December 1986
Ind N
Kiran       Lt. S. Singh   Martin-Baker
16th December 1986
USAF
F‑106B 57‑2515 49th FIS nr Picton, Ontario, Canada ejected safely   Convair
ejected safely   Convair
29th December 1986
USN
A‑7E 160723
NIL 312
VA‑97
USS Carl Vinson
brakes failed while taxiing to the catapult position

pilot ejected safely

 
  Escapac

FEEDBACK

Back in 1986 I was on annual training with my reserve unit, HMS-42 out of NAS Alameda, at MCAS Yuma. Being a LCpl then i was "volunteered" to go out in the desert with a truck load of fellow Marines to pick up the remains of one of VMA-133s A-4s that augered into the deck on the Chocolate mountain gunnery range. The story I heard was that the unlucky pilot's wing man observed a large flame coming out of his tail pipe and he decided to punch out. The biggest piece of the plane left was the engine squashed like a coke can into the size of a small refigerator. The pilot had some bruises and one of his arms was in a sling and he managed to make it to the squadron party that was happening that afternoon.

 R/

 Glenn Marshall
[in email 23rd April 2006]

Hi
Here are a few additions to your web site about CF-18 ejections. I used to fly CF-18s years ago.
17 April 1990. The killed pilot was called Kirk Leuty; he was not known as Tim or Timothy. He was a friend of mine. RIP.
13 Jan 2005 – I don’t know if there was a crash then, but if it was a two-seater, the tail number had to be 1889xx; all two-seat CF-18s are in the 900-series, not the 700-series (single seaters only).
The pilot of 188745, 16 August 2005, was Captain Colin Marks. The DND press release can be found here: http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/3w-3e/nr-sp/index-eng.asp?id=843
There was a crash and successful ejection on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at Lethbridge Alberta. The pilot was Capt Brian Bews. The seat was the new CF-18 seat with the stabilizing drogue, which saved his life, due to its righting effect on the seat as the rocket fired. He ejected with the aircraft diving almost vertically, probably about 100’ above ground level. He sustained back injuries, but after a period of several months, was back flying. Aircraft tail number 738, the airshow bird from that summer. Cause of crash was left engine failure during an airshow practice, at slow speed and low altitude (high alpha pass).
Dan McWilliams