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590152 Lightning Strike

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This is the damage to McChord F-106B 59-0152 during a test hop. Mr. Jim Day, the area Convair Rep - now retired, mentioned in an e-mail that the aircraft was several miles from a thunderhead when it got struck. The damaged "B" safely landed 'on the wing' of one of the two F-106A's scrambled off alert to escort the "B" back to McChord. (This incident happened a couple years prior to the lightning modification)

As John Kunkel, retired Sacramento ALC sheetmetal worker, mentioned in the "Trivial Pursuit" posting, the aircraft was repaired at Sacramento ALC. Thanks for your input John.

28 April 01 Update - Colonel Richard G. Painter (USAF-Ret & former 318th FIS Commander) sent me the above 8 x 10 (which I've scanned and replaced the previous photo with) of F-106B 59-0152, which was struck by lightning in May 1971 over Sequim WA at 35K feet. The aircraft was on a test hop for an engine change and was flown by the 318th Quality Control Officer, Captain Joe Yurkevicz. Alert birds were scrambled to provide airspeed reference for landing. Some of the MA-1 black boxes were falling out of the aircraft on the landing roll out. Thanks Colonel Painter for the photo and information update

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