Boeing KC-135A/ Republic F-105A Crash Site
On July 8,
1964 a midair collision occurred over California Desert, California between a KC-135A Tanker and a F-105D
Fighter similar to the aircraft pictured here.
Per information found in the crash report;
On July 8, 1964, an F-105D Serial Number 61-091, call sign TAR 86
which was assigned to the 355th TFW, George AFB, California was
scheduled as #2 in a flight of three aircraft for an air refueling
mission. The flight was scheduled for three hours duration with a
planned takeoff from George AFB, California. The flight was to
accomplish instrument training in addition to the scheduled air
refueling and eventually return to George AFB, California.
Meanwhile, KC-135A Serial Number 60-340, call sign SHAG 21,
departed Larson AFB in Washington. They were scheduled for a 7-hour
combat crew-training mission where they would accomplish a tactical
navigation leg, perform refueling of fighter aircraft on the "California Desert refueling track" and return back to Larson AFB.
Radio contact was established between SHAG 21 and TAR 86 on the
primary refueling frequency. However, due to excessive radio traffic
from another flight refueling in the same area, TAR 86 and SHAG 21
changed to a secondary refueling frequency.
The weather in the California Desert refueling area was clear with
unrestricted visibility. The aircraft rendezvoused over California Desert
approximately 26,000 feet. During the in-flight refueling, the F-105D
struck the KC-135A’s right wing causing the mid-air break up of both
aircraft. The collision resulted in the structural breakup of both
aircraft which created a large fireball in the sky. Several airborne
pilots observed flaming wreckage falling until it impacted with the
ground. Witnesses did not observe any parachutes after the collision.
The accident resulted in the loss of the airmen on both aircraft;
KC-135A #60-340 crew:
Pilot: Capt. Thomas F. Dozier
Copilot: 1st LT Erwin W. Boelter Jr.
Navigator: 1st Lt Ronald D. Williams
Boom Operator: S/Sgt Robert J. Graves
The F-105D #61-091
Pilot: Capt Leonard F. Reynolds
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