Dover Air Force Base

 

My father next to FS-139.

The crew my father worked with. FS-143 in background.

This is a photo of FS-666 (F-84F-45-RE s/n 52-6666). It is a F84F, piloted John L Benz. The pilot crased at Dover with an emergency landing - the plane was on fire. He died in the accident on October 4, 1955. My father seen the airplane crash. John had a surprise party that night for becoming a Major. Click here for his obiturary: John L Benz (External Link). The airplane in the background, FS-375 (F-84F-5-RE s/n 51-1375), was flown by Donald Curtis Burleson. It crashed in Dover the day before 52-6666. He survived the crash. The plane was repaired and then it crashed again a few years later in the ocean after leaving Dover. The plane sank into the ocean and the pilot at that time radioed that he was out of fuel.

FU-164.

FS-674.

Dover Air Force Base.

Dover Air Force Base.

Dover Air Force Base.

FS-953 at the air show.

Dover Air Force Base during an air show.