• Short Summary

    The prototype of the F-14 awing-wing fighter, which has been ordered in quantity by the United States Navy, crashed during its second test flight yesterday (Wednesday).

  • Description

    The prototype of the F-14 awing-wing fighter, which has been ordered in quantity by the United States Navy, crashed during its second test flight yesterday (Wednesday). Test pilots William Miller and Robert Smythe eject ed at 300 feet (100 metres) and parachuted to safety as the aircraft ploughed into trees near the test runway at Calverton, New York State.

    The F-14 flew for the first time only nine days before yesterday's crash. The aircraft is being built to replace the ill-fated F-111B, another swing-wing project with a trouble-plagued history. A total of 722 F-14s have been ordered by the U.S. navy, at a cost of about eight million dollars (3.3 million sterling) per aircraft.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3H8ERU3RTGRRNVAGV1XXI7BIB
    Media URN:
    VLVA3H8ERU3RTGRRNVAGV1XXI7BIB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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