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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47398
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 55-2962
MSN: 183-1008
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Harper Dry Lake, 28 miles W of Barstow, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Palmdale AFB, CA (KPMD)
Destination airport:
Crashed and destroyed May 1 1957. Clear air turbulence ripped off tip tank and sliced through the tail at 27,000 ft. The aircraft tumbled uncontrolled, pilot Jack Simpson ejected safely and 55-2962 crashed at Harper Dry Lake, 28 miles west of Barstow, CA. It flew out of Palmdale, California. Investigation found out that the tip tank had been installed improperly.


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Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
25-Dec-2010 12:38 757 Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Aug-2011 07:14 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2013 19:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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