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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47293
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed YF-104A Starfighter
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 55-2964
MSN: 183-1010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 mi S of Wright-Patterson AFB, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
This YF-104A was written off after an accident at Wright Patterson, Ohio. Approximately 90 seconds after t/o, coming out of A/B, pilot heard and felt a moderate explosion. Pilot, maj. James W. Bradbury (34), declared emergency believing he encountered an engine flame-out. Pilot determined immediately that he could not make it back to either Wright or Patterson Field and ejection would be over populated areas. He notified tower he would point the a/c towards an open field SE and eject. Over relatively open country and losing altitude (keeping in mind the downward ejection seat), the pilot ejected. Chute opened at 500 ft and pilot was safe. Pilot observed the a/c make a slight turn left where it struck the ground at a shallow angle and hit a car on a road and then hit a house. Inside this house two small children, lynn Shoup 12 and laura Shoup 2, were trapped in the wreckage and killed. Their mother, Grace Shoup (37), ran burning from the house and died 6 days later from her burns. It was a very tragic accident.

Toledo Blade 2 November 1959, p8
Youngstown Vindicator 7 November 1959, p1

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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
30-Jun-2009 11:29 darelray Updated
26-Dec-2010 07:00 757 Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Total fatalities, Source]
03-Oct-2014 14:36 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 20:32 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2017 14:28 TB Updated [Source]

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