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B-58 Aircraft Accidents

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55-669

10-27-59 7 miles W of Hattiesburg, MS; accident cause was loss of control during normal flight; Convair pilot was Everett L. Wheeler (survived); Convair flight engineer Michael F. Keller (survived); Convair flight engineer Harry N. Blosser (fatal).
55-664

11-7-59 25 miles SE of Lawton, OK; accident cause not established; test flight simulating outboard engine failure at Mach 2; Convair pilot Raymond Fitzgerald (fatal); Convair flight engineer Donald A. Siedhof (fatal); no 3rd crew member.
55-667

6-4-60 26 miles SE Lubbock, TX; accident cause was loss of control and aircraft bailout during supersonic flight; Convair pilot Jack L. Baldridge (fatal); Convair flight engineer Hugh D. Coleman (fatal); Convair flight engineer Charles T. Jones (fatal).

58-1008 15 YB/RB-58A n/a
Accepted and delivered to the 6592nd TS for pod and suitability testing during 10/58; destroyed 12/16/58 -- (this was apparently the first B-58 accident) 38 n. miles NNE of Canon AFB, NM; accident cause was loss of control during normal flight when auto trim and ratio changer were rendered inoperative due to an electrical system failure; Air Force pilot Maj. Richard Smith (fatal); AF Nav/bombardier Lt. Col. George Gradel (survived); AF DSO Capt. Daniel Holland (survived).

58-1012

5-14-59 at Carswell AFB, Convair facility; accident cause was fuel leak and accidental ignition. Two Convair ground support people were killed.
58-1016 23 YB/RB-58A n/a
Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for SAC; assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed on 5/20/65 -- near Little Rock AFB, AR; cause was a hard landing; AF pilot Capt. Ralph Semann (survived); AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Steve Kichler, Jr. (fatal); AF DSO 1st Lt. Ronald Smetek (survived).

58-1017 24 YB/RB-58A n/a


Assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed on 9/16/59 -- at Carswell AFB, TX; cause was tire failure during takeoff roll and aborted takeoff; AF pilot Maj. Kenneth Lewis (survived); AF Nav/bombardier Maj. Willis Edgecomb (fatal); AF DSO Capt. Lee Barnett (fatal).


58-1020 27 YB/RB-58A n/a
Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for SAC; assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed 12/27/61 -- 4.3 n. miles NE of Camp Cole, MO.; cause of accident was engine flameout due to ruptured fuel manifold during normal flight; AF pilot Capt. Clarence Montgomery (survived); AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Louis Hughes (survived); AF DSO was Capt. John Roddy (survived).


58-1023

4-22-60 29 58-mile NW Ogden, UT; accident cause was loss of flight control during normal flight due to mach/airspeed data system failure; Convair pilot Ray E. Tenhoff (fatal); Convair test engineer Walter Simon (fatal); Convair test engineer Kenneth G. Timpson (survived).

59-2437

7-16-68 Little Rock AFB, AR; accident cause was right hand main landing gear damage on takeoff with gear collapse on landing; AF Pilot Maj George R. Tate (survived); AF Nav/bombardier Capt Ray G. Walters (survived); AF DSO Capt Francis Mosson (survived).

59-2443 46 B-58A Bye Bye Birdie
Assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed 6/15/65 -- at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France; accident cause was undershooting during final approach to runway; AF pilot Lt. Col. Charles Tubbs (fatal), AF Nav/Bombardier Maj. Harold Covington (survived), AF DSO Maj. Vincent Karaba (survived).


59-2447 50 B-58A Rapid Rabbit
Assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed 2/15/62 -- 38 miles E. of Lawton OK.; accident cause was loss of aircraft control due to Mach and airspeed system malfunction during normal flight; AF pilot Maj. John Irving (survived); AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. John Fuller (survived); AF DSO Capt. Donald Avallon (survived). [SR-71 aficionados will recall that one of the Blackbirds was also nicknamed Rapid Rabbit and sported a 'bunny head' on the tail.]


59-2451 54 B-58A The Firefly
Used on 5/10/61 to set the world speed records over a 669.438 mile closed course (average speed 1,302.048 mph); on 5/26/61 set New York to Paris speed record of 3 hours 19 minutes 51 seconds at an average speed of 1,089.36 mph; crew awarded the Mackay Trophy on 5/13/62; destroyed 6/3/61 -- 5 nautical miles ENE of Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France; accident cause was attempted low-altitude aerobatic flight; AF pilot Maj. Elmer Murphy (fatal), AF Nav/Bombardier Maj. Eugene Moses (fatal), AF DSO 1st Lt. David Dickerson (fatal).

59-2454

2-23-67 Little Rock AFB, AR; accident cause was structural failure during taxi; AF pilot Lt Col Bruce A Ellis (survived); AF Nav/Bombardier Captain Robert A. Hendrickson (survived); AF DSO Capt Arlan W. Rohl (survived). Note: this aircraft was repaired and returned to service.

59-2459 62 B-58A n/a
Assigned to 43rd BW; destroyed 3/5/62 -- at Carswell AFB, TX; accident cause was mechanical failure of the flight control system; AF pilot Capt. Robert Harter (fatal), AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. Jack Jones (fatal), AF DSO 1st Lt. James McKenzie (fatal).

59-2462 65 B-58A n/a


Assigned to the 305th BW; destroyed 4/12/62 - near Bunker Hill AFB [now Grissom AFB] IN; accident cause was control system failure shortly after takeoff; AF pilot Capt. William Hale (survived); AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Duane Dickey (fatal); AF DSO 1st Lt. George O'Connor (survived).

60-1116 73 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 12/8/64 -- near Bunker Hill AFB, IN; accident cause was collapse of landing gear during taxi; AF pilot Capt. Leary J. Johnson (survived), AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. Manuel Cervantes, Jr. (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Roger L. Hall (survived).



60-1119 76 B-58A Pink Panther/City of Kokomo
Modified to carry iron bombs during short TDY with 43rd BW; assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 12/12/66 -- 1.3 n. miles west of McKinney, Lincoln County, KY; accident cause was collision with the ground during a low level bomb run; AF pilot Maj. Richard F. Blakeslee (fatal), AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. Floyd E. Acker (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Clarence D. Lunt (fatal).

60-1128 85 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed on 7/22/65 -- at Bunker Hill AFB, IN; accident cause was departure of aircraft from runway during landing roll; AF pilot Capt. John P. Noonan (survived), AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. Lawrence C. Arundel (survived), AF DSO 1st Lt. Kenneth Leatherbarrow (survived).

61-2056 92 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 4/18/69 -- 7 n. miles NNW of Danville, IL; accident cause was abandonment of aircraft following suspected system anomalies; AF pilot Maj. Press McCallum Jr. (survived), AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Robert A. Graf (survived), AF DSO Maj. Victor I. Mayer (survived). [Note -- this appears to be the last accident prior to retirement.]

61-2057 93 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 9/14/62 -- 2 n. miles NE of Butlerville, Jennings County, IN; accident cause was structural failure caused by control system failure during normal flight; AF pilot Lt. Col. John J. Trevisani (fatal), AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Arthur Freed (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Reinardo Moure (fatal).

61-2061 97 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 6/14/67 -- 6 n. miles SSW of Darrozett, Lipscombe Co. TX; accident cause was abandonment of aircraft in flight due to minor weather damage and pilot ejection seat anomaly; AF pilot Maj. Clinton Brisendine (survived), AF Nav/bombardier Capt. William Bennett (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Gary Cecchett (survived).

61-2062 98 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; first B-58 to be equipped with encapsulated ejection system [apparently] on 3/2/62; destroyed 4/18/68 -- at Bunker HIll AFB, IN; accident cause was loss of control due to mechanical failure shortly after takeoff; AF pilot Maj. Donald Close (fatal), AF Nav/bombardier Maj. Eugene Harrington (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Johnny Douglas Eubanks (fatal).

61-2063 99 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 8/26/63 -- near Bunker Hill AFB, IN; accident cause was a hard landing; AF pilot Maj. William Brandt (survived), AF Nav/bombardier Maj. William Berry (fatal), AF DSO Capt. William Bergdoll (fatal).


61-2065 101 B-58A n/a
Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed 11/13/67 - 3 n. miles SW of Bunker Hill AFB, IN; accident cause was loss of control during initial climb after takeoff; AF pilot Maj. Galen Dultmeier (fatal), AF Nav/bombardier Capt. Ronald Schmidt (fatal), AF DSO Capt. Leroy Hanson (fatal).

61-2073 109 B-58A n/a


Assigned to 305th BW; destroyed on 4/3/69 -- 1/2 n. mile east of Rokeby, Lancaster Co., NE; accident cause was systems failure during normal flight; AF pilot Capt. Thomas Hogg (survived), AF Nav/bombardier Capt. James McElvain (survived), AF DSO Capt. Richard Nauman (survived).



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