Roanoke, VA Air Force Jet Trainer Crash, Nov 1956

Webb AFB Jet Plane Crashes, 2 Escape

Roanoke, Va., Nov. 17 (AP)- An Air Force jet trainer, one of a flight of three from Webb Air Force Base in Texas, crashed and exploded on a hillside near here tonight but its two occupants bailed out safely.

Air Force officials at Langley Air Force Base, where the planes were headed, identified the two who parachuted from the plane as 1st Lt. R. Hermanson, a flight instructor, and 2nd Lt. H.G. King Jr., 23, of Washington, D.C., the student pilot.

King was unhurt and Hermanson suffered only an apparent ankle sprain when the two came down about five miles apart near there.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 18 Nov 1956