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Losses & Ejections
Sheppard AFB
 

Please contact me if you can add any further details of Mishaps at Sheppard AFB
mbenshar@aol.com

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat

2nd November 1948

               

USAF
C-47
Dakota
  Sheppard Air Force Base Crashed near Muldrow, Oklahoma      
           
1st Lt. Robert H. Reeves
[pilot]
killed
Capt. Thomas E. Mostyn
[co-pilot]
killed
T/Sgt Robert L. Orr
killed
T/Sgt Leo J. Lamarsh
killed
Pfc Carman Cristola
killed
Pfc Graham McNamee White
killed
           
Sgt. John R. Armstrong
killed
Sgt. Marvin N. Clements
killed
Pvt Lansing P. Shield Jr.
killed
Lt Col. Sarkis D Sarkissian
[flight surgeon]
killed
1st. Lt. Solomon Rosen
[Jewish Chaplain]
killed
 
1st August 1967
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
    solo flight crashed 31 miles south of Sheppard. One killed    
6th November 1967
U.S. Air Force
CH-3C       One killed, four injured    
11th September 1968
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
    solo flight crashed near Nocona, Tex pilot suffered minor injuries    
30th September 1968
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
    solo flight crashed in Archer City, Tex. pilot suffered minor injuries    
13th October 1968
U.S. Air Force
TH-1F     crashed in Iowa Park      
28th January 1970
U.S. Air Force
CH-3C     crashed in an auxiliary field No injuries    
1st October 1973
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
    solo flight crashed one nautical mile north of Sheppard Pilot ejected   Northrop
11th October 1973
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     crashed at the Municipal Airport in Frederick, Okla.      
Injured Injured  
2nd May 1974
U.S. Air Force
T-38A     crashed about two miles north of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla One killed    
3rd October 1974
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     solo flight crashed about 1,800 feet east of Runway 15L at Sheppard One killed    
21st June 1976
U.S. Air Force
AT-37B     olo flight crashed about two nautical miles east of Sheppard. Student ejected, ijnured    
20th June 1977
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     solo flight crashed 11 miles east of Ryan, Okla Student ejected safely    
3rd April 1978
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     crashed about six nautical miles north of Sheppard      
student escaped OK Instructor pilot escaped, minor injuries  
31st August 1978
U.S. Air Force
T-38A Talon 66-4364 ATC

80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
Structural failure of the wing during aerobatic training mission      
Student pilot
ejected
seriously injured
Capt. Swanson
ejected at high speed
killed
 
FEEDBACK

".  .   .  It has been 27 years since I sat on an ejection seat, but I still consider my T-38 flying as one of my most enjoyable assignments.

 I was a T-38 Instructor Pilot at Sheppard AFB in the Fixed Wing Division of the 80 FTW at the time of this accident. This was a small unit and the fatal accident on 31 Aug 1978 made an indelible impression on us.

 This accident occurred on an aerobatic training mission. While entering a loop the aircraft experienced a structural failure of the wing. The left wing folded up over the fuselage causing the aircraft to enter an extreme roll. The instructor was Capt. Swanson, who ejected from the back seat at what the USAF estimated to be 550 kts. Swanson was killed due to the extreme forces caused by the high speed ejection. The student (can’t remember his name) ejected at a slower speed (under 500 kts) and was seriously injured. He was eventually medically retired from the USAF, having never regained flight status.

 During the accident investigation it was shown that the accident aircraft had a fatigue crack in the wing that had been missed on previous inspections. The crack propagated from the cutout in the spar for the main gear tire and spread across the narrow part of the spar over a long period of time. It was determined that this crack started at a stress riser caused by the manufacture’s machining practices when the wing planform was built in 1966.

 

Subsequently the entire T-38 fleet was grounded worldwide while every aircraft was inspected in the wheel well area by eddy current looking for cracks. As I recall at Sheppard they found two aircraft that were grounded for a long period of time awaiting parts. I have no idea how many aircraft were found with cracks worldwide, but there was a large backlog of orders for the T-38 wing that took a long time to fill. The rest of the fleet was back in the air in about ten days as the inspections and polishing of the suspect areas were completed.

 

I hope this fills in one of the many blanks in your data

Steve Clarke

T-38 Instructor Pilot a long time ago
in email 5th February 2008


 
15th January 1979
U.S. Air Force
T-38     Mid-air collision. Crashed 30 nautical miles east of Sheppard      
OK OK  
15th January 1979
U.S. Air Force
T-38          
OK OK  
4th January 1985
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
65-10368 12th FTW Crashed near Wichita Falls  about one nautical mile south of Sheppard, TX USA      
Killed pilot
RAF
killed
 
18th May 1985
U.S. Air Force
T-38A
Talon
 
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THIS LOSS
??
     
2nd April 1985

also seen as
5th April 1985

U.S. Air Force
T-38A Talon 63-8125   12th FTW Birdstrike. Crashed near Wichita Falls about 2.5 nautical miles southwest of Sheppard TX USA     Northrop
ejected ejectedNorthrop  
24th June 1991
U.S. Air Force
T-38A     crashed about 300 yards north of ATC tower at Sheppard      
killed killed  
3rd September 1992
U.S. Air Force
T-38A     crashed about 50 nautical miles southwest of Sheppard one killed
on OK
   
31st May 1995
U.S. Air Force
T-38 Talon 66-4352/EN
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
Routine training mission crashed into an apartment complex into the parking lot of the Amber Falls Crossing
Crashed four miles south of Sheppard Air Force Base

Gound injuries and fatalities

     
2d Lieut. James Varden
ejected treated for minor injuries
Capt. Marc Vantsant [Netherlands] ejected treated for minor injuries  
5th December 2000
U.S. Air Force
T-38 Talon 67-14938/EN
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
crashed about 50 miles west of Sheppard      
ejected OK ejected OK  
24th August 2001
U.S. Air Force
T-38 Talon 64-13290/EN  
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
 Collided near Crowell, Texas, in Foard County west of Wichita Falls CREW DETAILS

An Italian pilot was killed in the incident

DETAILS ??? two pilots ejected safely and there was one fatality.
   
24th August 2001
U.S. Air Force
T-38 Talon 66-4323/EN
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
 Collided near Crowell, Texas, in Foard County west of Wichita Falls    
20th December 2002
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     destroyed pilot ejected    
20th December 2002
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     damaged pilot ejected    
14th October 2005
U.S. Air Force
T-38 Talon 66-8368/EN  Crew from 80th Operational Support Squadron,

Aircraft from 90th FTS  Sheppard Air Force Base

Control problems. Aircraft was destroyed on impact  on Runway 33C      
instructor pilot, Maj. Jeffrey S. Klein ejected unhurt. Sent to the flight surgeon's office for a mandatory physical. student pilot, 1st Lt. Aaron B. Brown ejected unhurt. Sent to the flight surgeon's office for a mandatory physical.  
18th January 2005
U.S. Air Force
T-37B     crashed 25 miles northwest of Sheppard near Hollister, Okla. in a mid-air collision with civilian crop duster      
ejected ejected  
Thursday 1st May 2008
07:45

U.S. Air Force
T-38C
Talon
 
80th Flying Training Wing
Sheppard Air Force base
crashed at Sheppard Air Force base, in Wichita Falls,  North Texas      
Killed Killed  
  According to witnesses, one person was seen ejecting
                 
                 
                 
 

Source: 82nd Training Wing office of Public Affairs. Information is current as of April 2008.


                 

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