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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 47464
Last updated: 8 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SSAB model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American F-100A Super Sabre
Owner/operator:North American Aviation
Registration: 52-5764
MSN: 192-9
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mojave Desert, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Palmdale AFB (KPMD)
Destination airport:
Test flight that included a maximum G symmetrical pullup at 23,000ft. Took off from Palmdale AFB. Aircraft reached 45,000ft and began dive towards Rosamond Dry Lake in the Mojave desert. Aircraft either exploded or broke up in the air during the pullout from a supersonic dive.

The pilot ejected from the plane and was found alive and seriously injured, and still in the ejector seat. He was flown to hospital by helicopter but was pronounced dead on arrival there. He was George Lewis Welch, North American Aviation chief test pilot and World War Two fighter ace. R.I.P.


Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
18-May-2010 15:53 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
27-Oct-2012 04:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2013 13:07 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
26-Jul-2014 10:28 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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