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Last updated: 19 February 2020
Date:Wednesday 19 September 1979
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: 58-0127
C/n / msn: 17872/342
First flight: 1959-11-12 (19 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:8046
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER/KMER), United States of America
Destination airport:Merced-Castle AFB, CA (MER/KMER), United States of America
Crashed during a touch-and-go exercise after a training flight.

» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Sep 20, 1979
» Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker: More Than Just a Tanker (Aerofax Series) / Robert S Hopkins, III


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