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C-141 Tail Number:65-0255

In early 2007 I got the following note from Lee Corbin, a former C-141 pilot at McChord

Back in March of 1988, I was the aircraft commander on a mission down to Australia. We took along a photo team from the Air Force, with the intention of getting some shots for future recruiting posters. For several hours, we flew in formation with a RAAF C-130 over Sydney harbor and the local area. Plenty of Opera House and Harbor Bridge shots.

The ship number was 65-0255. As far as crediting the photographer, the slides are all stamped "Fred Jones". That was Garfield F. Jones of the 1365th Photography Squadron, based in Norton AFB.

Lee Corbin
97th MAS, 446th MAW
McChord AFB

Here's The Photos:

Loading up to go "somewhere"
Source:USAF Photo

Copyright © - © James Johnson

This aircraft was destroyed in a mid-air collision with another C-141 ( 66-0142 ) on 1 Dec 1992.

The mission was scheduled as a 4-ship night air refueling/ airdrop training mission. Weather at the time of the incident was VMC but without a visible horizon. The tanker had just reached the end of the track and had completed a 180-degree turn with the lead C-141 in trail at FL255.

Lead completed refueling and backed off into what was later described as an "unusually close" post-refueling position and descended to FL250. The #2 aircraft completed refueling. During #2's back away, the pilot used 30 degree of bank, creating a 22 degree heading change, and a relative closure rate of 250'/sec (150 knots).

He allowed the aircraft to descend below lead, recognized his altitude, and pulled up from directly below the lead aircraft. The impact broke both sets of wing boxes; the two aircraft broke up and crashed, with the loss of all 13 crewmembers

The lead aircraft received a SKE proximity warning less than 3 seconds before impact. The #2 aircraft did not receive a proximity warning. Both crews had lost sight of the other aircraft before the collision.

This information was provided by Paul Hansen.

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