Incident McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II 149439,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 254148
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Date:Tuesday 26 May 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II
Owner/operator:VF-143, US Navy
Registration: 149439
MSN: 156
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Eastern Pacific Ocean, off USS Constellation (CVA-64) -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Eastern Pacific Ocean, off USS Constellation (CVA-64)
Destination airport:Eastern Pacific Ocean, off USS Constellation (CVA-64)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II Bu No 149439/'NK-312', VF-143, US Navy: Written off (destroyed) May 26 1964 when ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea off USS Constellation. According to some sources "Constellation deployed to the western Pacific from her home port of San Diego on 5 May 1964. The first three months of that deployment brought normal operations, training and port calls". The ships first port of call was Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Both crew - Lt(jg) C. W. Bennett (pilot) and Ensign R. E. Plues (RIO) - survived after ejecting safely,




Aircraft of the U.S. Navy Attack Carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) in flight in August 1963. CVW-14 was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) for a deployment to the Western Pacific from 21 February to 10 September 1963. The following aircraft are visible (l-r): a McDonnell F-4B Phantom II (BuNo 149439, NK-312) from Fighter Squadron 143 (VF-143) "Pukin' Dogs"; a Douglas A-3B Skywarrior (BuNo 138966, NK-210) from Heavy Attack Squadron 10 (VAH-10) "Vikings"; a Vought F-8E Crusader (BuNo 149187, NK-107) from VF-141 "Iron Angels" (redesignated VF-53, 20 December 1963); two Douglas A-4C Skyhawk (BuNos 149562, NK-605; 149567, NK-608) from Attack Squadron 146 (VA-146) "Blue Diamonds"; two Douglas A-1 Skyraider (A-1H BuNo 139778, NK-501; A-1J BuNo 142036, NK-511) from VA-145 "Swordsmen"; a Grumman E-1B Tracer (BuNo 148143, RR-785) from Airborne Early Warning Squadron 11 (VAW-11) Det.F "Early Eleven". CVW-14 aircraft in in flight 1963

Revision history:

30-Apr-2021 11:15 ASN archive Added
15-Jun-2022 23:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jun-2022 23:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Jun-2022 20:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Jun-2022 20:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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