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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56363
Last updated: 23 January 2020
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Date:21-NOV-1979
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic A7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vought TA-7C Corsair II
Owner/operator:US Navy
Registration: 156748
C/n / msn: XE-08
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NAS China Lake -
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed while simulating cose air support for troops in field training at Fort Irwin.
Plane suffered a catastrophic engine failure and exploded in mid-air, so fast that the wing-tips blew off and the plane inverted scattering wreckage and debris over a mile with the engine continuing another several hundred feet beyond the debris field. This incident was significant as it was determined that the combustion wall area of the TF-30A engine had worn thin and suffered complete material failure leading to the explosion...thus the TF-30 "B" model engine was born.
Killed were Navy Lt.Cmdr Peter Leum and Ensign Steven D. Herning.

Sources:

www.chinalakealumni.org/shipmates


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Sep-2015 16:23 RodgerAsai Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
05-Sep-2015 07:10 RodgerAsai Updated [Narrative]

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