Accident Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk 137815,
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Date:Thursday 13 January 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic A4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas A4D-1 Skyhawk
Owner/operator:United States Navy (USN)
Registration: 137815
MSN: 10712
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:25 mi NW of Victorville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, CA
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The YA-4D-1 Skyhawk "Mighty Midget" crashed and burned after violent vibrations during high speed test flight. Navy test pilot Lt.Cdr James B. Verdin (36) ejected at 30,000ft but parachute failed.


San Bernardino Sun 14 January 1955, p1
James B. Verdin

Revision history:

17-Jul-2013 13:14 HWE Added
30-Oct-2014 15:32 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Damage, Narrative, Plane category]
30-Oct-2014 15:32 TB Updated [Nature]
04-Dec-2017 09:30 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2017 21:22 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2019 14:17 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jun-2019 18:15 TB Updated [Narrative]
05-Oct-2020 17:23 Anon. Updated [Location]
25-Jan-2022 08:36 TB Updated [Narrative]
05-Jun-2022 20:12 TB Updated [Aircraft type]

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