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Last updated: 19 September 2019
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Date:Friday 26 February 1965
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: 63-8882
C/n / msn: 18730/713
First flight: 1964-08-18 (6 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:660 km (412.5 mls) SSE off Stephenville-Ernest Harmon AFB, NL, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Bangor-Dow AFB, ME, United States of America
Destination airport:Bangor-Dow AFB, ME, United States of America
Narrative:
A Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker US Air Force tanker plane was destroyed when it crashed following a mid-air collision with a B-47 bomber over the Atlantic Ocean.
The Boeing B-47E-25-DT Stratojet, 52-0171, was returning from Spain to its base at Pease AFB. The Stratotanker was dispatched to refuel the bomber en route.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Lewiston Evening Journal - Feb 27, 1965


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