U.S. Navy F-4J crashes and explodes into big fireball after takeoff in St Louis, Missouri
Saint Louis Missouri USA Date:1968, March 20 Duration:59 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Navy McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II crashes at Saint Louis, Missouri. F-4J test flight aircraft #155557 MAC 2833 lifts off from runway, climbs steeply and goes into a vertical attitude. Pilot and co-pilot eject. Plane continues climbing and levels off. F-4J crashes, wheels down, and explodes into a big fireball. Black smoke billows upward from flames, and drifts upward. (Both crew members survived the ejection: Pilot C. D. "Pete" Pilcher, Production Test Pilot, McDonnell Douglas Corporation; and Radar Observer Harvey A. Begay in backseat position.)
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