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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: 74-0120
C/n / msn: 96/A081
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Yellow Sea near Kunsan AB -   South Korea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Kunsan AB, South Korea
Destination airport:
20 March 1985: F-15A, 74-0120, of the 43rd TFS, 21st TFW, USAF, crashed into the Yellow Sea near Kunsan AB, South Korea. Pilot - Col Pat R. Paxton - was killed. According to an eyewitness report:

"I was the Intel briefing officer and briefed him and the other pilots from our squadron who flew that mission. Colonel Pat Paxton, Commander, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing, was killed in a Class A Flight Mishap when his F-15A, 74-0120, crashed into the Yellow Sea during the deployment of the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron to Korea for exercise Team Spirit. Naval aircraft and members of Colonel Paxtonís flight conducted an initial search followed by an HC-130 and naval vessels which arrived shortly afterwards.

The search area covered 1,300 square miles. Navy vessels recovered aircraft debris and Colonel Paxtonís body. A memorial service attended by more than 500 people was held in Chapel Three, Elmendorf AFB. An honor guard lined the sidewalk to the chapel and four F-15s flew a missing man formation flight.

Colonel Paxtonís funeral was held in Eaton, OH, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery on 26 March. The U.S. flag in front of the AAC headquarters building was flown at half mast until the internment."


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25-Dec-2014 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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