June 27, 1960
Near Newry Maine
380th Air Refueling Squadron, Plattsburgh AFB, New York
|The aircraft was preparing to refuel a B-47 when the Number One Engine caught fire. The severity of the fuel fed fire caused a structural failure of the wing before the "engine fire drill" could be completed. The plane entered a spiral from 15,500 feet, that eventually turned into a spin. It hit near the top of Jonathan Smith Mountain coming nearly straight down. None of the crew was able to bail out.
see my Dirago Flyer ARTICLE about this incident.
|Piece of the starboard wing. The aircraft created a small crater on the face of the steep slope and wreckage scattered uphill over a large area. A severe fire is evident on most of the wreckage.|
|A section of fuselage skin with part of the "U.S. AIR FORCE" marking still visible.|
|Pete Noddin with the fuselage section at the starboard rear emergency exit door (inverted). Note the SAC blue and white star band visible at the bottom of photo.|
|A piece of the distinctive "B-29"family windscreen frame above the crater.|
|Scott Grant, Past President, Maine Aviation Historical Society, with the tail cone.|
|Maine Aviation Historical Society memorial to the five crewmen who died in this accident. The SAC shield is on the left, the 380th ARS patch on the right.|
|Tail cone section with refueling boom yoke.|