Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West
McDonnell Douglas F-4D 65-0656
On April 20, 1967 a flight of four F-4D Phantom’s departed George Air Force Base at 6:45 a.m. for the Leech Lake Tactical Range to simulate attacks on fixed ground targets. The call sign for the flight was Blondie 1,2,3, and 4. At 7:08 a.m. Blondie 3 was seen to begin a dive on a truck. The simulated attack was seen to continue normally until the recovery phase, at which time Blondie 3 rolled twice to the right and crashed halfway up the side of a mountain. Both pilots were killed instantly in this tragic accident.
In respectful memory: Aircraft Commander, 1st Lt. Douglas B. Rose, and Pilot, 1st Lt. Donald H. Weber who lost their lives in good service to our Nation.
(All photos courtesy Keith Herron)