On Friday, 24 June 1994, a U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, after the pilot, LtCol Arthur “Bud” Holland, maneuvered the bomber beyond its operational limits and lost control. The aircraft stalled, fell to the ground and exploded, killing Holland and the other three USAF officers aboard.
The crash was captured on video and was shown repeatedly on news broadcasts throughout the world. What makes this event even more tragic, besides the loss of several good men, is the fact that many of their family members were watching. The deputy wing commander was on board, and this was to have been his last flight, so his wife and family were on the flightline watching as it happened. An incredibly tragic event.
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