28 April 1970 – A USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II being ferried from Robins AFB, Georgia to Torrejon Air Base, Spain, was disabled by a severe thunderstorm, forcing the crew to eject at 36,000 feet 150 miles E of Charleston, South Carolina, suffering minor injuries from hail while descending. Pilot Capt. Daniel Heitz of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and navigator Lt. MacArthur Weston, of Jacksonville, North Carolina were spotted by rescue aircraft and are recovered after two hours in the water by the oil tanker Texaco Illinois, diverted from 8 miles away.

Colonel Dan Heitz (USAF, Ret) is a member of the Super Sabre Society. For more about him go to https://supersabresociety.com/biography/daniel-l-heitz/


Source: Wikipedia:Portal:Aviation/Anniversaries/April_28

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