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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 108864
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic f80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
Registration: 44-85048
MSN: 080-1069
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oxnard Street and Satsuma Avenue, North Hollywood, California -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Burbank, Los Angeles, CA
Destination airport:
After serving three combat tours in the Southwest Pacific as a fighter pilot flying the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Major Richard I. Bong, USAAF, was assigned as an Air Force acceptance test pilot for new Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet fighters at the Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank, California.

The P-80A was a brand new jet fighter, and Major Bong had flown just 4 hours and15 minutes in the type during 12 flights.

Shortly after takeoff in P-80A-1-LO 44-85048, the primary fuel pump for the turbojet engine failed. A back-up fuel pump was not turned on. Richard Bong rolled the Shooting Star upside down and bailed out but he was too low for his parachute to open and he was killed. The jet crashed at the intersection of Oxnard Street and Satsuma Avenue, North Hollywood, California, and exploded.

His death was front-page news across the country, sharing space with the first news of the bombing of Hiroshima



Revision history:

16-Nov-2014 03:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jan-2018 08:18 angels one five Updated [Nature, Narrative]

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