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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 54958
Last updated: 12 May 2021
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Time:18:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Owner/operator:Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Registration: 104754
MSN: 683A-1054
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bald Mountain, Groom Mountain Range, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Nellis AFB, Nevada
Destination airport:Nellis AFB, Nevada
The 417 Squadron pilot was the lead of a two-plane, low-level interdiction mission on a Red Flag 79-4 sortie out of Nellis AFB, Nevada. During the egress from a second SAM target, the wingman lost sight of lead and climbed away from the range because of clouds obscuring a mountain ridge line. At the same time, Red Flag Operations advised lead that he was entering a sensitive and restricted area at Dreamland/Area 51 and to leave immediately. As the pilot attempted to leave the area at high speed and in a wings level 20 degree climb, he impacted Bald Mountain, 400 feet below a cloud covered 8200 foot peak on the side of the mountain. The pilot, Capt. B.B. Reid, made no attempt to eject and was killed in the crash.


Canadian Forces DFS Flight Comment 1979 No. 2
417 Squadron History, Canadaís Wings, ISBN 0-920002-22-6

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Revision history:

23-Aug-2011 03:30 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
23-Aug-2015 16:02 Anon. Updated [Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2016 18:18 yukonjack Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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