Baker/Clarkson – 28 Apr 77

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

…  right engine oil hot indication, aircraft suffered a severe internal explosion; engine throttles jammed, right engine fire light could not be extinguished, pilot could not retain control of the aircraft and ejected; aircraft crashed 14 nm north of Armidale, NSW; ejection successful, crew suffered minor injuries …

Accident summary > DDAAFS_F-111 Accident_136

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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 – delivered to RAAF Museum, Point Cook, VIC on 27 Jun 13