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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54949
Last updated: 3 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Owner/operator:Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Registration: 104762
C/n / msn: 683A-1062
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Siegenberg-Range -   Germany
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen (EDSB)
Destination airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen (EDSB)
The 421 Squadron pilot was holding for entry to the Siegenburg bombing range when he noted a derelict tank as a target of opportunity. He decided to make a simulated attack, but he was in a low energy state and he broke off the attack. Unfortunately, he could not avoid trees on rising terrain during the pullout. The pilot managed to recover the aircraft and zoomed to 1600 ft AGL, but he was experiencing compressor stalls. He turned toward Ingolstadt Manching Air Base (IGS/ETSI), but at low speed and a slight descent the pilot, Lt. K.G. Cranfield, safely ejected at very low altitude.

This was the first of two successful ejections from CF-104s by this pilot. See: 104892 4-June-1982.


Canadian Forces DFS Flight Comment, 1981, No. 5 (Pg 6)
421 Squadron History, Canada’s Wings, ISBN 0-920002-16-1 (Pg 82)

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Revision history:

23-Aug-2011 07:23 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
23-Aug-2015 16:14 Anon. Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2016 07:45 yukonjack Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2016 19:01 yukonjack Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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