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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56123
Last updated: 8 October 2020
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Date:22-MAR-1980
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: A10-0498
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Herford, North Rhine Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A-10A 80-0148 of the 81st TFW was written off on 22 March 1982 when it crashed at Herford, West Germany. The pilot - 1st Lt. James '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, West 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 that of 1st Lieutenant Jim Trotter, a friend of mine who has never forgiven me for crashing his airplane."

Sources:

1. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1980.html
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20171019033444/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/A-10_Thunderbolt_II.htm
3. http://warthogaircraftdatabase.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/fy-1980-aircraft.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Dec-2013 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
08-Dec-2013 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
12-Jun-2020 16:08 AlLach Updated [Operator, Operator]

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