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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54961
Last updated: 7 March 2021
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Date:25-JUL-1978
Time:
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: 104840
C/n / msn: 683A-1140
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: -   Germany
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen, EDSB
Destination airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen, EDSB
Narrative:
The 439 Squadron pilot was on a close-air support mission, working with a USAF OV-10 Forward Air Controller. The pilot carried out a simulated attack on a target, but realized it was the wrong target. He quickly turned towards the proper target located in a valley, but lost airspeed and altitude doing so. Following the successful attack on a small rail bridge, the pilot pulled out of his dive, but the APC kicker pushed the nose down which he was able to overcome and recover. Unfortunately, the aircraft was not able to clear the valley and stuck the ridge of a hill with the tail, disintegrating as it hurled across the field beyond the ridge. The pilot did not attempt to eject and was killed in the crash.

Sources:

Starfighter, Canadian CF-104 1961-1986, David L. Bashow. ISBN 0-919195-12-1
DFS Flight Comment, 1978, Issue 4
http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/post-war-data/post-war-casualties-rcafcf/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Aug-2011 04:36 powerdatc Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Aug-2011 03:26 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
11-Jan-2016 05:11 yukonjack Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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