|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1945|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1987|
Seven Dead in Air Force Tanker Crash in Washington State
Published: March 15, 1987
An official passing a piece of landing gear as he inspected the site of the crash of a KC-135 tanker at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. Six people on the plane and one on the ground died. The tanker, a military transport version of the Boeing 707 jetliner, was practicing Friday for an air show act when it went down. The show, by the Thunderhawks group, was to have featured high bank turns and low-level passes by a B-52 bomber and its companion tanker, and was to have had its debut May 17. (AP)
Tanker Flew Too Low, Inquiry on Crash Finds (AP Published: June 15, 1987)
The KC-135 tanker that crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base in March was flying lower and slower than planned before it hit air from the jet exhaust of its companion B-52, an Air Force investigation board concluded in a report made public Friday.
Seven people, including one person on the ground, died when the plane went down March 13 near Fairchild's runway.
All the victims were members of a new Strategic Air Command demonstration team, the Thunderhawks, which was intended to show off the KC-135 and B-52 at air shows. The planes were practicing their routines when the tanker crashed.
Hitting the exhaust air from the B-52's engines caused the KC-135 to roll from its planned 45-degree bank to a nearly 90-degree bank, said the Air Force Accident Investigation Board.
Col. Thomas Harris, commander of the 92d Bomb Wing at Fairchild and the officer in charge of the Thunderhawks project, would not comment on the report, said a spokesman at the base.
Paul was the crew member that was killed on the ground.
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Perished aboard a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker when it crashed during a low-level practice flight at Fairchild A.F.B., Spokane, Washington, March 13, 1987. Six other airmen were also killed. This incident caused Congress to prohibit the use of heavy...(Read more)|
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