Accident Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird 61-7970, Wednesday 17 June 1970
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Date:Wednesday 17 June 1970
Type:Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 61-7970
MSN: 2021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:20 miles east of El Paso -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Beale AFB (KBAB)
Destination airport:Beale AFB (KBAB)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
An Air Force SR-71, a long-range reconnaissance jet, crashed 20 miles east of El Paso at 9:30 a.m. today following routine refueling from a KC-135 Air Force tanker.

"The two-man crew successfully ejected and parachuted to safety. They were not seriously injured. The tanker continued to circle the area for some time, evidently an attempt by the pilot to see if the other crew made it to safety.

"The two men in the SR-71 were Lt. Col. Buddy L. Brown, 41, and Maj. Mortimer Jarvis, 36, according to information released by William Beaumont General Hospital. The crewmen were picked up by helicopter and taken to the hospital where they were examined and found not seriously injured.

Both the Times and the Herald-Post reported on the crash that happened June 17, 1970. The location was reported as 20 miles east of El Paso.

- JF Baugher

Revision history:

22-May-2011 10:43 gerard57 Added
25-Aug-2013 09:48 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2013 09:54 Uli Elch Updated [Registration]

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