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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54950
Last updated: 9 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed CF-104D Starfighter
Owner/operator:Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Registration: 104665
C/n / msn: 583A-5335
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:N of Leipheim (EDSD) -   Germany
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen (EDSB)
Destination airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen (EDSB)
The 439 Squadron CF104D was part of a four-plane, low-level sortie to a German target range approximately 12 miles (19 Km) north of Leipheim. On the run-in to the target at 500 feet and 510 knots, the pilot saw a large bird pass to the left side of the canopy. The bird was ingested into the engine causing severe vibrations. The pilot zoomed and turned towards Luftwaffe Air Base Leiphiem, but there was insufficient thrust from the damaged engine to reach the runway. The two pilots ejected safely at 1200 feet. Later investigation found that the bird was a hawk (buzzard) weighing approximately one kilogram and having a wingspan of 1.2 meters.


Canadian Armed Forces DFS "Flight Comment" 1981 No.4: (Pg 20);
Starfighter, Retrospective of Canadian CF-104 1961-1986, David L. Bashow. ISBN 0-919195-12-1 (Pg 178)

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Revision history:

31-Dec-2008 00:11 WJR Updated
23-Aug-2011 03:35 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source]
27-Mar-2016 06:57 yukonjack Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2020 09:53 TB Updated [Location]

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