Eglin AFB, FL F-86 Crash, Jan 1951

Exchange Officer Killed in Crash

Speedy F86 Jet Crashes at Eglin

EGLIN AIR BASE, Jan. 31 - (Special) - A Royal Air Force exchange officer died here today in the crash of a speedy F86 jet fighter plane into a wooded sector.

Flight Lieut. Ralph C. Williams, 28, assigned on exchange duty with the air proving ground's 3200th Fighter Test squadron for approximately a year, was killed while flying a rocket-firing test mission.

The jet hurtled down in the woods near Eglin Field No. 2, northeast of the main Eglin base. The crash occured [sic] shortly before 10 a.m.

Williams [sic] home was in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.

The flier's wife, who came to America with her RAF husband and who resides here, was notified.

An Air Force board immediately began an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

Playground News, Fort Walton, FL., Thursday, February 1, 1951, Volume 6, Number 1., page 1