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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 108865
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:04-JUL-1946
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic f80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star
Owner/operator:USAAF
Registration: 44-85032
MSN: 080-1055
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near El Toro MAB, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:March Field AAF, CA
Destination airport:El Toro MAB, CA
Narrative:
On July 4 1946, Lt Col John C "Pappy" Herbst was fatally injured in front of 30,000 people at the San Diego County Fair when his P-80A-1-LO, 44-85083, part of the 445th Fighter Squadron, 412th Fighter Group, based out of March Field, crashed just west of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Flying in formation with Col Robin Olds, Herbst crashed in a dry riverbed near the Del Mar Racetrack after his aircraft stalled during an encore of their routine finale in which the pair of P-80s did a loop while configured to land. Olds narrowly avoided the same fate.

Sources:

2. http://www.accident-report.com/world/namerica/US/CA8.html
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._%22Pappy%22_Herbst#Postwar
4. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/1940sLate/1946Jul.htm
5. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=IBoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT76&lpg=PT76&dq=herbst&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=herbst&f=false


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Nov-2014 03:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2017 07:16 bobm Updated [Date]
24-Feb-2020 19:38 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-Nov-2020 12:19 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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