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Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:19 pm

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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RE: Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:25 pm

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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RE: Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Tue Sep 04, 2007 2:31 am

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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RE: Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:22 am

Have you tried www.f111.net? There is also a www.fb111.net
 
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RE: Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:37 pm

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

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

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RE: Usafe Lakenheath F-111 Crash Late70's

Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:23 pm

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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