F-104 Crash

December 11, 2012

This is what remains of an F-104 Starfighter from the 56th Fighter Squadron that crashed near Valley pike. This crash caused an investigation to be launched, because the pilot, Lt. Col. Alston L. Brown (CO of the 56th FS), ejected from his disabled aircraft but did not survive. According to an article on the event, the automatic release that should have separated him from the seat did not engage, so he could not open his parachute. Brown's body was found still in the seat about a quarter of a mile from the crash site.

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