Accident Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0148, Monday 22 March 1982
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Date:Monday 22 March 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:81st TFW, 511th Sqadron USAF
Registration: 80-0148
MSN: A10-0498
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Wuppertal, North Rhine Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A-10A 80-0148 of the 81st TFW was written off on 22 March 1982 when it crashed at Herford, West Germany. The pilot - 1st Lt. James 'Jim' Preston - ejected safely. Per eyewitness report from the pilot involved:

"I was the pilot of 80-148, an A-10 that crashed near Herford, West Germany on 22 March 1982. During an air-to-air engagement, both engines compressor-stalled, and would not restart. I ejected at 500 feet above the ground, at approximately 140 knots. I was under canopy for approximately 30 seconds, landed in a tree, and had to extricate myself, since the fire department (brigade) was rural and had limited rescue equipment. I was uninjured except for a slight cut on my chin (from the mask microphone) and a compression fracture.

I was flying again 10 days later. The name on the aircraft was that of 1st Lieutenant Jim Trotter, a friend of mine who has never forgiven me for crashing his airplane."



Revision history:

08-Dec-2013 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
08-Dec-2013 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
12-Jun-2020 16:08 AlLach Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-Aug-2023 07:25 Coen Steenbeeke Updated
06-Mar-2024 19:49 Harley Updated [Operator, Location, Country]

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