Baker/Clarkson - 28 Apr 77

28 April 1977 (F-111C A8-136) – 1st F-111 accident  

Inflight fire and ejection near Armidale, NSW

Pilot:           CAPT William BAKER

Cat B – 2493.2 hrs total time/1624.6 hrs F-111 (USAF  Exchange)

Navigator:   FLTLT David “Noddy" CLARKSON

Cat C – 4662.4 hrs total time / 292.7 hrs F-111

During an emergency diversion following a right engine oil hot indication, the aircraft suffered a severe internal explosion. The engine throttles jammed in their selected position, the right engine fire light illuminated and could not be extinguished, and shortly thereafter the pilot could not retain control of the aircraft. An ejection was initiated and the aircraft crashed 14 nm north of Armidale, NSW. The ejection was successful, with the crew suffering minor injuries as a result of crew module ground impact forces.

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USAF Exchange Pilot, CAPT Billy Baker and Navigator, FLTLT Dave Clarkson, being interviewed after their successful F-111C ejection 

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F-111C crew module after successful ejection