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Col. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's NF-104A - Mojave, California, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member calgriz
N 35° 07.417 W 118° 08.833
11S E 395469 N 3887353
Quick Description: Col. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's December 10, 1963 NF-104A, 56-0762 crash site off Randsburg Cutoff Road, Mojave, CA 93501
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/17/2015 4:40:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMN872
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
Views: 3

Long Description:
A NF-104A, 56-0762 On December 10, 1963, Col. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager climbed to 35,000 feet about 100 miles from Edwards. He headed for the desert base. Col. Yeager ignited the rocket assist, passing through 60,000 feet when the jet engine flamed out from oxygen starvation at high altitude. The NF-104A's went onto 104,000 feet with rockets. Yeager wanted to re-ignite his jet engine at 40,000 feet while in his dive, but jet's angle of attack reached 28 degrees upward the nose pitched up. The wingtip rocket thrusters had no effect in the spin. His aircraft soon entered a deadly flat spin. Without airflow into the jet intakes, Yeager could not restart the engine. He attempted to drop the jet's nose by deploying the drag chute at 17,000 feet. After the chute was deployed the aircraft's nose pitched up for a second time wildly. The aircraft continued to flat spin heading for the desert floor. After 13 spins, Yeager ejected at 7,000 feet. His seat tumbled with him and became entangled in the parachute lines. The ejection seat struck Yeager's helmet faceplate. It smashed the Plexiglas and burning fuel from the jet ejector charge ignited the rubber helmet seal as pure oxygen poured out from his suit. The jet's airframe blasted a hole in the desert several miles north of Mojave. Maj. Robert W. Smith and Phil Neale arrived for rescue and they found Col. Yeager standing near the wreck. He had sustained severe burns, but survived. The accident investigation found no sign of aircraft failure or system's malfunction.
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Date of Crash: 12/10/1963

Aircraft Model: NF-104A

Military or Civilian: Military

Tail Number: 60760

Cause of Crash:
The accident investigation found no sign of aircraft failure or systems malfunction.


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