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Date:24-JUN-1985
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F15 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
Owner/operator:43rd TFS, 21st TFW, USAF (43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 74-0087
C/n / msn: 0059/A048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Yukon River, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Destination airport:
Narrative:
24 June 1985: F-15A, 74-0087, of the 43rd TFS, 21st TFW, USAF, crashed on take off in the Yukon River, Alaska. Pilot was killed. According to an eyewitness report:

"With the request granted by tower, the pilot of 087 made an uneventful normal takeoff from RW 7. At about a mile from the RW 7 departure end, the pilot made a series of 90 degree turns to reverse course back inbound for the low-pass down RW 25. Completing the course reversal, the pilot descended and crossed the approach end of RW 25 inbound at an estimated 100-200AGL and 550-600 knots in afterburner (AB).

Passing down RW 25 and about 1000 feet from the departure end and abeam the USAF alert hangar, the pilot executed an abrupt wings-level pull-up and climb, still in AB. The F-15A instantly and violently broke apart, exploded into flames, and crashed just off the departure end of RW 25 into the Yukon River. There was no ejection and the pilot was fatally injured."

Sources:

1. http://www.scramble.nl [Scramble]
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20171029221354/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/f-15.htm
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1974.htm]l
4. https://forums.jetcareers.com/threads/when-routine-ops-become-not-so-routine.113041/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Dec-2014 00:47 Dr. John Smith Updated

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