List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955–1959)

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"Thirty-five airborne infantrymen and three crewmen parachuted to safety when an engine burst into flames Tuesday shortly after a C119 took off from Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn. The pilot and co-pilot were killed in that crash. Just hours before the Tennessee crash, 33 paratroopers bailed out when an engine caught fire on their plane near Miles City, Mont. Pilot – Capt. T. G. Johnson, of Sewart AFB then guided the plane to the Miles City Airport without incident. Thirty-three paratroopers jumped to safety over Fairbanks, Alaska, Thursday when one engine of their plane failed. Lt. Robert Bruckner, pilot; Lt. Herbert T. Kurse, co-pilot, and six crewmen rode the plane to safety at Ladd AFB.

332d Troop Carrier Squadron

11th Combat Cargo Squadron332d
Sewart AFB, Tennessee, 8 November 1955 – 1 December 1958. C-47 Skytrain, 1944–1947. C-46 Commando, 1945–1947. C-54 Skymaster, 1948–1949. C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1955–1956. C-123 Provider, 1956–1958.

346th Tactical Airlift Squadron

346th Troop Carrier Squadron
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 March 1955 – 9 July 1956. Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 October 1956. Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, 1 July 1958. Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, 1 April 1963. Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, 15 March 1969 – c. 31 May 1971. Curtiss C-46 Commando, 1949–1952. Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, 1952–1953. Sikorsky H-19, 1955. Piasecki H-21 Workhorse ("Flying Banana"), 1955–1956. Fairchild C-123B Provider, 1956–1963. Fairchild UC-123B Provider, 1962–1963. Lockheed C-130 Hercules, 1963–1971. AF Pamphlet 900-2, Unit Decorations, Awards and Campaign Participation Credits Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC, 15 Jun 1971.

347th Tactical Airlift Squadron

347th Troop Carrier Squadron
In 1955 the unit was activated at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee as a rotary wing troop carrier assault unit in a test of the USAF's ability to support United States Army assault operations. It participated in Operation Sage Brush, which was, in part, a test of this concept. The squadron was inactivated the following year and its aircraft distributed to helicopter support organizations. A few months later the squadron was activated as a fixed wing troop carrier assault unit at Sewart and equipped with Fairchild C-123 Provider aircraft. It moved to Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina in 1958 when Tactical Air Command consolidated its C-123 units there.

Hendricks Army Airfield

Hendricks Army Airfield was a World War II United States Army Air Forces base located 6.6 miles east-southeast of Sebring, Florida.

516th Aeronautical Systems Group

516th Troop Carrier Group31st Transport Group516th Troop Carrier Group, Assault, Rotary Wing
Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee, 8 March 1955 – 9 July 1956.

437th Airlift Wing

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Most of the additional men came from the Regular Air Force, including 60 from Sewart AFB, Tennessee, and another 59 fresh from basic training at Lackland AFB. The Wing had a total of forty-eight C-46s, obtained from various units. Augmented by a few maintenance personnel, the command and operations elements of the wing deployed their C-46s to Japan. They arrived at Brady AB, Kyushu, Japan, at sundown on 8 November, just as the main body of the wing, which had crossed the Pacific aboard ship, marched in from the railroad station. The maintenance force quickly removed the long-range fuel tanks which had been installed for the overwater flight.

Kirtland Air Force Base

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Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in the southeast quadrant of the Albuquerque, New Mexico urban area, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. The base was named for the early Army aviator Col. Roy C. Kirtland. The military and the international airport share the same runways, making ABQ a joint civil-military airport.

Lockheed MC-130

MC-130H Combat Talon IIMC-130J Commando IIMC-130 Combat Talon
Because of a lack of ramp space caused by the buildup of forces for deployment to South Vietnam, they were temporarily housed at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. The wing's 779th TCS was designated as the training squadron for the modified C-130E(I)s, under Project Skyhook, in addition to its normal airlift function. Selected crew members received instructor training in their respective systems and returned to Pope by May 1 to begin crew training of six crews for deployment to Vietnam under Project Stray Goose. The Combat Talon I first saw operational action in the Vietnam War, beginning September 1, 1966.

Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Australian service

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RAAF crews began training on the Hercules in the middle of 1958 at Sewart Air Force Base in Nashville, Tennessee. Much of the training took place on a simulator, augmented by approximately fifty hours flying time in the aircraft. To cope with the Hercules' complexities, the aircrew category of flight engineer, absent from the RAAF since World War II, was reinstated. A new category, that of loadmaster, was also instituted; airmen performing similar duties on Dakotas had done so on an ad hoc rather than a permanent basis, without a distinct category having been formalised.

47th Airlift Flight

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That October, the 47th moved to Sewart Air Force Base, where it performed airlift missions under the control of Eighteenth Air Force until inactivating in June 1955. In October 1964 the squadron was reactivated at Forbes Air Force Base, Kansas as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules squadron when Tactical Air Command replaced Strategic Air Command as the base operator and the squadron's parent 313th Troop Carrier Wing became the host wing. The squadron frequently deployed crews and aircraft to support the requirements of overseas commanders.

Smyrna Airport (Tennessee)

Smyrna AirportSewart Air Force BaseSmyrna (TN)
Prior to March 1971, the facility was an active military installation known as Sewart Air Force Base. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a reliever airport for Nashville International Airport, which is located twelve nautical miles (22 km) to the north. Smyrna Airport currently operates as a joint use facility with a Tennessee Army National Guard helicopter unit, Army Aviation Support Facility #1 (AASF#1), which operates 60 helicopters with 300 full-time Army National Guard personnel.

John P. Jumper

General John P. Jumper
McNair, Washington, D.C. 1) June 1966 – July 1967, student pilot, 3550th Pilot Training Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. 2) July 1967 – September 1967, C-7 upgrade training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee. 3) October 1967 – October 1968, C-7 pilot, 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. 4) November 1968 – July 1969, F-4 upgrade training, 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, California. 5) July 1969 – May 1970, instructor pilot, weapons officer and fast forward air controller, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. 6) June 1970 – July 1974, instructor pilot, flight examiner and standardization and evaluation chief, 81st Tactical Fighter

24th Tactical Air Support Squadron

24th Bombardment Squadron (Light)24th Combat Mapping Squadron24th Helicopter Squadron
The 24th Helicopter Squadron was activated in 1956 at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. After several months of training the squadron moved to Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where it served until 1960. The transfer was made on an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. The unit's mission was to maintain helicopter logistics airlift capability, to perform air land supply operations, scheduled and special airlift operations, and conduct training. Detachment 2 of the squadron was attached to the 41st Air Division to provide logistical support to the division's remote radar sites.

Charles R. Holland

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Rating: Command Pilot Flight hours: More than 5,000 flying hours Aircraft flown: C-130, C-37, AC-130, HC-130, MC-130, MH-53, MH-60, H-3, H-1, T-39 1) August 1968 – August 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas. 2) September 1969 – November 1969, student, initial C-130E pilot qualification training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee. 3) November 1969 – September 1972, C-130E pilot, 347th and 772nd tactical airlift squadrons, Dyess AFB, Texas. 4) October 1972 – January 1973, student, AC-130E combat crew training, Hurlburt Field, Florida. 5) January 1973 – January 1974, AC-130E/H aircraft commander, instructor

Robert F. Coverdale

Col Robert F. Coverdale
His first assignment as a C-119 pilot at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennennessee, with the 75th and 62nd Troop Carrier Squadrons, was the beginning of his long career in airlift. While at Sewart he also served as a C-130 pilot, chief of the command post, aircraft scheduling officer and as the 314th Troop Carrier Wing's chief of training. Coverdale was assigned to Detachment 1, 315th Air Division, Naha Air Base, Okinawa, in September 1962. His positions there included chief of standardization with the 6315th Operations Group and operations officer of the 817th Troop Carrier Squadron.

465th Bombardment Wing

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However, the 465th group was located at Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, and the wing controlled flying units assigned to the 313th Troop Carrier Group, which was attached to the wing at Mitchel until late September, when it moved to Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee. The loss of the 313th group and the reassignment of the 465th group in December left the wing without an operational element until it moved to Toul-Rosières Air Base, France in April 1954, where it was assigned to the 322d Air Division of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and reunited with the 465th group.

Robert F. Durkin

After completing his graduate studies, General Durkin returned to operational duty by attending C-130 combat crew training at Sewart Air Force Base, Tennessee; and the Replacement Training Unit at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In October 1966 he reported to Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, Taiwan, as an aircraft commander. When he returned to the United States in November 1967, General Durkin was assigned as a test and deployment officer with Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In August 1968 he transferred to the Armament Development and Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; as a program manager for research and development of conventional munitions.

List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1960–1974)

1960 Salt Lake B-58 crash61-0331All 29 U.S. Marines
The C-130 was en route from Sewart Air Force Base, at Smyrna, Tennessee to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina, when the accident occurred. Most of the plane's parachutes were stacked near the door and were carried over the side by the decompression. Sheriff Ray Noland stated that an open parachute was seen drifting down near Sevierville, Tennessee, and deputies searching for the crewman's body found a parachute, a seat and the door ~two miles N of state highway 73, E of Gatlinburg. 9 March. An armed U. S. Army Bell HU-1B Huey escorting U. S. Secretary of Defense Robert S.