Alamogordo, NM B-47 Bomber Crashes, Dec 1965
TWO RESEARCH PILOTS KILLED IN JET CRASH.
Alamogordo, Dec. 30. (AP) --The pilots killed in an Air Force B47 jet airplane crash yesterday were aerospace research pilots who had been in New Mexico only a few hours before they died in the flaming wreckage.
Capt. JAMES McINTYRE, 31, the pilot, and Maj. LOREN R. BROOKS, JR., 38, the co-pilot were killed as their four-jet modified bomber lifted off a Holloman Air Force Base runway and crashed just beyond the runway concrete.
A team of officers was working through the wreckage in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash.
A base spokesman said the B47 had gained only a little altitude when it crashed. He said the plane was carrying a full load of fuel and it wouldn't take much of an impact for the aircraft to catch fire.
There apparently was no indication of trouble before the crash, the spokesman said.
The pilots, assigned to the bomber operations of the Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright-Patterson AF Base, Ohio, had arrived at Holloman from their home base at 10 a.m. and were setting out on their first missioin about three hours later when the plane crashed.
The B47 was being used for radar target purposes in a project involving F106 jet fighter-bomber planes, the spokesman said. He said he could not elaborate on the project. BROOKS and McINTYRE were to have returned to Ohio today.
BROOKS' survivors include his widow, the former Marilyn Kick of Canby, Minn.; three children, and parents, Lt. Col. (ret.) and Mrs. Loren R. Brooks, Sr., of New Orleans.
McINTYRE'S survivors include his widow, the former Patricia Wells of Sedalia, Mo., and a daughter.
Albuquerque Tribune New Mexico 1965-12-30