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Last updated: 25 September 2021
Date:Wednesday 29 October 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed YMC-130H Hercules
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 74-1683
MSN: 4658
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Valparaiso-Wagner Field, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Valparaiso-Wagner Field, FL, United States of America
Destination airport:Valparaiso-Wagner Field, FL, United States of America
Lockheed Hercules 74-1683 was modified so it could take off and land almost like a helicopter. The aircraft was equipped with lift rockets slanting downward, slowdown rockets facing forward. The aircraft was intended for use in Iran to rescue American hostages. During a STOL demonstration flight on a disused airfield the pilot fired the upper set of slowdown rockets at a height of 40 feet, instead of 20 feet at usual. The navigator was trained to fire the lower slowdown rockets three seconds later, just after touchdown. When he fired the rockets, the plane was at a height of 20 feet and came almost to a standstill in the air, falling down onto the runway. The right wing collapsed and a fire erupted.

Loss of control


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accident date: 29-10-1980
type: Lockheed YMC-130H Hercules
registration: 74-1683
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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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