Loss of control Accident Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker 56-3599, Friday 27 June 1958
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Date:Friday 27 June 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic K35A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 56-3599
MSN: 17348/38
Year of manufacture:1957
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF)
Destination airport:Brize Norton RAF Station (BZZ/EGVN)
Four US Air Force KC-135 tanker planes were attempting to set a world speed record New York-London v.v. Tanker 56-3599 was the third plane to depart. After takeoff the airplane apparently stalled because the crew failed to retract the flaps from 40 to 30 degrees during climbout. It skidded across the Massachusetts Turnpike and disintegrated in flames. The fourth KC-135 was ready for takeoff at that moment. This flight was cancelled.



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