Accident McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1 Phantom II 148425,
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Date:Wednesday 11 April 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1 Phantom II
Owner/operator:VF-102, US Navy
Registration: 148425
MSN: 110
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 40 miles off coast of South Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:USS Enterprise (CVN-65), off South Carolina
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
McDonnell Douglas F-4H-1 Phantom II Bu No 148425, VF-102, US Navy: Written off (missing, presumed crashed and destroyed) April 11 1962, Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after launch from the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 40 miles off coast of South Carolina, at about 07:00. Both crew killed: Pilot killed due to hypoxia, and did not eject. Rear cockpit GIB Lieutenant N. H. Wilson did eject, but body not recovered - posted as MIA (presumed KIA)

As a point of reference, the USS Enterprise completed shakedown activities at Naval Station Norfolk on 5 April 1962. On April 14 1962, three days after the above incident, the carrier was visited by the then current president of the United States, John F Kennedy (the USS Enterprise was still at sea off the coast of North Carolina)


1. Youngstown Vindicator 12 April 1962, p.33


The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) underway on 10 April 1962. Enterprise had been on her shakedown cruise to the Atlantic Ocean from 5 February to 5 April 1962. Although nominally Carrier Air Group 1 (CVG-1) was embarked (tail code "AB"), its squadrons were drawn from different air groups. Visible in front are McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom IIs (BuNo 148400, 148413, 148396, 148402, 148398, 148425, and 148388) from Fighter Squadron 102 (VF-102) "Diamondbacks" from CVG-6 (tail code "AF"). USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) underway on 10 April 1962 (USN 1063070) President Kennedy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), watching maneuvers, April 1962 President views Atlantic Fleet Manuevers. Naval Aide Commander Tazewell Shepard, Commander Lang, and President John F Kennedy. Aboard the USS Enterprise 14 April 1962

Revision history:

08-Feb-2013 18:58 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Feb-2020 15:27 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-May-2021 07:31 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2022 22:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
16-Jun-2022 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Category]

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