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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153104
Last updated: 14 August 2019
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Date:18-MAY-1961
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1F Phantom II
Owner/operator:US Navy
Registration: 145316
C/n / msn: 17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whit Sands Missile Range NM -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Holloman AFB NM
Destination airport:Holloman AFB NM
Narrative:
Broke up in flight and exploded in a crash over White Sands Missile Range on May 18 1961 during project "Sageburner" (low altitude speed record attempt), due to pilot-induced oscillations caused by pitch damper failure. Pilot, Commander J. L. Felsman, killed: B/N Ens. Raymond Hite Jr, killed : This was the first fatal Phantom II accident

Sources:

http://steeljawscribe.com/2007/03/23/flightdeck-friday-the-yf4h-1-phantom-ii-operations-skyburner-and-sageburner
http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries18.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20171115212455/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F-4_PHANTOM_USA/f4_phantom_US_1959-1965.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1960%E2%80%931974)#1961
http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=833


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Feb-2013 16:05 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Feb-2013 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2013 03:31 T-Line Tom Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 18:50 Tommy Thomason Updated [Embed code, Narrative]

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