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Last updated: 18 February 2019
Date:Thursday 8 March 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 63-7989
C/n / msn: 18606/645
First flight: 1963-09-17 (9 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:4933
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Columbus-Lockbourne AFB, OH (LCK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Departure airport:Columbus-Lockbourne AFB, OH (LCK/KLCK), United States of America
Destination airport:?
During a practice alert at Lockbourne AFB, two KC-135 Stratotankers (63-7989 and 63-7980) taxied from an unlit ramp towards the runway. Both aircraft collided while manoeuvring off the ramp. Stratotanker 63-7989 continued 200 yards before coming to a stop in a muddy, grassy section just off the concrete apron. Flames engulfed the tanker from the cockpit to the mid-section and burned two large holes in the plane.

Ground collision

» Marysville Journal-Tribune (March 9, 1973)
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III


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