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Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's  
User currently offlineOzTech From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 161 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6566 times:

Does anybody have any information regarding an F-111 crash due engine failure in the late 70's ex RAF Lakenheath. I used to have a tape of the CVR but it got lost in a move many years ago. The callsign was Test 11 as the CVR tape if I remember correctly was..

Mayday Mayday Mayday.. Mayday Mayday Mayday.. Test 11.. 12 miles from the centre of Bentwaters (or backwaters) east just here.. locate (or rotate) to ?????? Test 11 this is Drayton Centre, nearest available airfield ???? head for ?????

There were 3 111's in the sortie.. the other 2 stayed with the downed a/c until one got low on fuel and had to land.. The crew safely ejected and were rescued..

I would love to find out some details about this incident if anyone has some.. I am sure it will not be classified by now.. When I was about 13 my father and I got a guided tour of the 111's at Lakenheath from a high ranking officer who was the son of some close friends of my parents. I think this cemented my chosen career in aviation (civilian). He gave me a copy of the CVR tape and I almost wore it out.. Gees, what I would do do to get another copy now... Back then in the days without the WWW I was not able to source any info on the crash and now I have searched many sites but to no avail..
Can anybody point me in the right direction please...


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User currently offlineOzTech From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6544 times:

Have since discovered it may have been early 70's and an Upper Heyford 111... Callsign may have been Sewn not Test.. Can't confirm this though.. The WWW is god but only as good as the info that is put into it


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User currently offlineMissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Have you tried http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/index.htm

There are some UK crashes listed there, but they refer to where the a/c came down as opposed to where they were based:
1973 F-111E, "engine fire"
1976 F-111A, "engine fire"
1977 F-111F no cause listed
1979 F-111E no cause listed

Pretty good site, but it relies on public info so in most cases call signs are missing too.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12185 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Have you tried www.f111.net? There is also a www.fb111.net

User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7817 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6355 times:

The F111E was based at Upper Heyford and the F111F at Lakenheath.

No F111A were based in the UK, although the later EF111A was.

David


User currently offlineOzTech From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6343 times:

Quoting MissedApproach (Reply 2):
Have you tried http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/index.htm

There are some UK crashes listed there, but they refer to where the a/c came down as opposed to where they were based:
1973 F-111E, "engine fire"
1976 F-111A, "engine fire"
1977 F-111F no cause listed
1979 F-111E no cause listed

Thanks for the info..

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 4):
The F111E was based at Upper Heyford and the F111F at Lakenheath.

Must have been Upper Heyford from the web trawling I have done.. Not too much info out there though

Thanks to all who have posted replies



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