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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158600
Last updated: 12 June 2020
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Date:22-MAR-1982
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:81st TFWg USAF (81st Tactical Fighter Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 80-0148
C/n / msn: A10-498
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Herford (NRW) -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A‑10A 80‑0148/"WR" of 81st TFW, RAF Bentwaters crashed when engines stalled, near Herford, West Germany. Pilot, 1st Lt Jim Preston, ejected safely

Per eyewitness report from the pilot involved:

""I was the pilot of 80-148, an A-10 that crashed near Herford, W Germany on 22 March 1982.
During an air-to-air engagement, both engines compressor-stalled, and would not restart. I ejected at 500 feet above the ground, at approximately 140 knots. I was under canopy for approximately 30 seconds, landed in a tree, and had to extricate myself, since the fire department (brigade) was rural and had limited rescue equipment. I was uninjured except for a slight cut on my chin (from the mask microphone) and a compression fracture. I was flying again 10 days later.

The name on the aircraft was 1st Lieutenant Jim Trotter, a friend of mine who has never forgiven me for crashing his airplane."

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171019033444
2. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/A-10_Thunderbolt_II.htm
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1980.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Aug-2013 20:43 Dr.John Smith Added
24-Aug-2013 20:32 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
04-Feb-2020 11:08 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-Jun-2020 16:10 AlLach Updated [Operator, Source, Operator]

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