Incident Northrop T-38A Talon 64-13296, 28 Feb 1986
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Northrop T-38A Talon
Owner/operator:USAF 47.FTW
Registration: 64-13296
MSN: N.5725
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Comstock, Texas -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:KDLF
Destination airport:KDLF
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Crashed during a training mission.

The instructor recounts: "Student pilot was on his Dollar Ride. About 9 minutes into the training sortie, I (the IP) initiated a 20 degree NH, inverted climb in preparation for a Split-S demonstration. At 21,000 ft, I pushed the throttles up to max and aggressively initiated the Split-S maneuver. At about 70 degrees NL inverted, the Horizontal Tail Control Rod shattered. This rod is about a 6-inch long, 1/2 inch diameter, hollow aluminum rod that attaches the stick to the elevator assembly. The jet immediately unloaded and began an inverted dive. A few seconds later with the aircraft speed at 420 KIAS, I initiated an ejection with my seat going first and the student's seat a few seconds later. My canopy didn't come off, so I was ejected thru the canopy. The student's ejection went as expected."


Scramble 249


Moments after the student and I were recovered. Photos are from investigation

Revision history:

01-Jul-2012 04:22 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
04-Jul-2018 07:20 JF Updated [Operator, Phase, Source]
09-Jun-2022 05:22 Kguillotte Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo]
09-Jun-2022 05:23 harro Updated [Country]
10-Jun-2022 06:41 harro Updated [Narrative]

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