Accident Northrop T-38 Talon 59-1599, Monday 3 January 1966
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Date:Monday 3 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic T38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Northrop T-38 Talon
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 59-1599
MSN: N.5112
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:off Point Jefferson, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Edwards AFB, CA/Air Force Flight Test Center
Destination airport:Boeing Field, Seattle
Wreckage and an oil slick were found in Puget Sound 800ft offshore off Point Jefferson 5 JAN. Crash killed Major General Irving Lewis "Twig" Branch (53), commander of Edwards AFB.


Eureka (California) Humboldt Standard 1/4/1966, p. 12 "General Branch Feared Lost in Plane Crash"
Kingsport (Tennessee) Times 1/4/1966, p. 3 "Gen. Irving L. Branch Killed in Plane Crash"

Revision history:

19-Dec-2015 12:07 JINX Added
16-Dec-2016 20:33 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2019 19:20 kolibriforensics Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Jan-2022 13:36 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2022 13:39 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2023 15:30 J155 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]

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