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Last updated: 21 October 2020
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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:322 km (201.3 mls) S off Cape Race, 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 KC-135A had just finished refuelling one B-47 and was in the process of refuelling a second Boeing B-47E Stratojet, 52-0171, that was returning from Spain to its base at Pease AFB.
The collision occurred at over 28,000 ft. Both aircraft exploded and crashed in flames into the Atlantic Ocean, 700 miles East of Bangor, Maine and 200 miles South of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Lewiston Evening Journal - Feb 27, 1965
» The Austin American TX - 28th February 1965
» Lubbock Avalanche Journal TX - 28th February1965
» Fermont Tribune NE - 28th February 1965
» Newport Daily News RI - 28th February 1965


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