Accident McDonnell Douglas YF-4H-1 Phantom II 142259,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139976
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Date:Monday 21 September 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas YF-4H-1 Phantom II
Owner/operator:McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft
Registration: 142259
MSN: 1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Edwards AFB, Kern County, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, California (EDW/KEDW)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Bu No 142259 was the YF-4H-1 Phantom II prototype. Crashed near Edwards AFB, Kern County, California, due to failure of the aft access door of the right engine during the 296th flight in its flight test program.

Test pilot Gerald "Zeke" Huelsbeck initiated seat ejection sequence but was killed when he ejected too low for 'chute to deploy




McDonnell Aircraft Corporation test pilot Gerald (“Zeke”) Huelsbeck: McDonnell Aircraft Corporation test pilot Gerald (“Zeke”) Huelsbeck

Revision history:

20-Nov-2011 21:41 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Feb-2013 18:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative]
31-Mar-2013 09:08 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Dec-2021 13:30 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
15-Jun-2022 22:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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