Accident Republic F-84B Thunderjet 46-665, 24 Sep 1948
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 255285
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Type:Silhouette image of generic f84 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Republic F-84B Thunderjet
Owner/operator:48th FS, 14th FW, USAF (48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 46-665
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rochester Fairgrounds, 1 mile South East of Rochester, NH -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine, USA (GBR/KBGR)
Destination airport:
Republic F-84B-36-RE Thunderjet 46-665, 48th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Wing, USAF: Written off (destroyed) September 24 1948 when crashed during air display at the Rochester Fairgrounds, one mile south east of Rochester, New Hampshire. Pilot - Captain John Fairchild, USAF - was killed

According to eyewitness reports: "In 1948 Captain John Fairchild was killed during a F-84B Thunderjet flight demonstration before an estimated 12,000 people at the Rochester Fair. While leading two other jet pilots, Captain Fairchild’s jet experienced mechanical failure and caught fire, careening his jet toward what could have been a collision course with the packed grandstand.

I was in the fourth grade at Allen School in Rochester and I saw that airplane come apart in flight right after it passed by our school. It appeared to pull up sharply and a wing separated from the plane. Our whole school was outside to watch the demonstration.I tried to tell everyone what I saw but they thought it was my imagination. A short while later a boy came by on his bicycle and told us that there was an airplane crash. The newspaper articles called the pilot a hero for avoiding the grandstand at the fair but I think he was a victim of a poorly designed aircraft".


1. Bangor Daily Democrat Saturday-Sunday September 25-26 1948 p 1
2. Fosters Daily Democrat 24 September 1993
3. Fosters Daily Democrat September 23 2018 [70th Anniversary Report]:



Revision history:

02-May-2021 08:49 ASN archive Added
27-Jan-2023 23:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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