Gila Bend, AZ (near) Fighter Jet And Trainer Collision, Dec 1974
AIR FORCE TEAMS KILLED IN RESERVATION JET CRASH.
Gila Bend, Ariz. (AP) -- An Air Force team probed and collected the wreckage today of an F4 Phantom jet fighter and T38 jet trainer which crashed on the Papago Indian reservation, killing all four men aboard.
Killed Tuesday when the planes collided during a practice "dogfight" were:
Capt. HENRY L. KEETING, 32, Sequim, Wash., instructor pilot of the F4.
His student, 2nd Lt. STEPHEN D. FULL, 24, Iowa City, Iowa.
Capt. NICHOLAS H. HOBBIE, JR., 31, Fairhaven, N.J., the T38 pilot.
1st Lt. FRED C. MOSCON, 27, Kelso, Wash., on a familiarization flight with HOBBIE.
None of the fliers was able to eject, officials said.
All were permanently assigned to Luke Air Force Base, 30 miles west of Phoenix, except HOBBIE, who was on temporary duty at Luke and assigned permanently to Nellis AFB, Nev.
The Phantom jet from Luke and T38 from Nellis crashed about 15 miles west of the village of Quijotoa, on the southwest Arizona desert, the Air Force said.
Asked how the collision occurred, Capt. Vern Alexander, Luke information officer, said, "We don't know because there were no eye witnesses. They've got a board appointed now to investigate the accident. But it's classified as a midair collision."
The planes were in air space designated for non-firing combat training at the time of the collision, the Air Force said.
"This air combat mission is part of their training in which they go through various combat maneuvers," Alexander said, adding that it could be described as a "dogfight."
Casa Grande Dispatch Arizona 1974-12-18