Accident McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1F Phantom II 145316,
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Date:Thursday 18 May 1961
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1F Phantom II
Owner/operator:NWEF, US Navy
Registration: 145316
MSN: 17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Holloman AFB, NM (HMN/KHMN)
Destination airport:Holloman AFB, NM (HMN/KHMN)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1F Phantom II Bu No 146316 (17th Production F-4), NWEF (Naval Weapons Experimental Flight), US Navy: Broke up in flight and exploded in a crash over White Sands Missile Range on 18 May 1961 during project "Sageburner" (a low altitude speed record attempt) due to pilot-induced oscillations caused by pitch damper failure. The uncontrolled oscillations became so severe that the Phantom’s airframe was subjected to 12 gs, causing it to break apart in flight. Both engines were torn from the airframe and the airplane’s fuel exploded.

Both crew killed: Pilot, Commander Jack Lee Felsman, killed: B/N Ens. Raymond Maxwell Hite Jr, killed : This was the first fatal Phantom II accident.

Sources:

1. http://steeljawscribe.com/2007/03/23/flightdeck-friday-the-yf4h-1-phantom-ii-operations-skyburner-and-sageburner
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries18.html
3. https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/bu-no-145316/
5. https://www.aerotime.aero/zivile.zalagenaite/21305-history-hour-operation-sage-burner-crash
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1960%E2%80%931974)#1961
7. https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/21729-history-hour-operation-sageburner-sets-speed-record
8. http://forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/F-4.html
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Sands_Missile_Range

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Feb-2013 16:05 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Feb-2013 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2013 03:31 T-Line Tom Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
20-Jan-2016 18:50 Tommy Thomason Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
20-May-2020 18:21 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2022 22:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
20-May-2024 18:42 Anon. Updated [[Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]]

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