ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64693
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Narrative:Crashed during a training mission.
Northrop T-38A Talon
|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.)|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
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 http://web.archive.org/web/20171126074757/http://www.Ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/t_38_talon.htm
Moments after the student and I were recovered. Photos are from investigation
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