ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56119
Last updated: 21 April 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild-Republic YA-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
Registration: 73-1669
C/n / msn: A10-0006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gunnery Ranges, 17 miles from Edwards AFB, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, California (EDW/KEDW)
Destination airport:
73-1669 was the sixth and final YA-10A pre-production aircraft. Written off when crashed 8 June 1978: During ammunition certification tests by the Joint Test Force, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California, Major (later Major General) Francis C. "Rusty" Gideon Jr. in Fairchild-Republic YA-10 Thunderbolt II, 73-1669, c/n A10-0006, call sign Paco 40, makes fourth firing pass of five, 100 rounds per pass, but experiences secondary gun gas ignition in front of the GAU-8 muzzle, causing oxygen starvation of engines necessitating emergency shut-down.

Before he can relight the cooling engines, he runs out of altitude and ejects in Escapac ejection seat at 2,000 feet AGL, suffering severe injuries including a broken neck. Aircraft impacts on desert floor, 17 miles from Edwards AFB, and the whole sequence was filmed from the Northrop T-38 Talon chase plane. The pilot was treated at a Lancaster, California hospital, and returned to the A-10 cockpit six months later


1. (Scramble 256)

Revision history:

25-May-2013 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Dec-2013 21:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
03-Jun-2014 01:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
08-Jul-2015 07:10 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description