Today in History – November 24, 1953 – F-86D Sabre pilot’s chute fails

24 November 1953 – A USAF North American F-86D Sabre crashes near Marianna, Florida on this date. The pilot ejects but was killed when his chute fails to deploy, his fighter coming down ~10 miles N of Graham Air Base. Col. Lewis H. Norley, commanding officer of the base, said that due to “unknown circumstances” the chute failed to function. Rescue planes from Maxwell Field at Montgomery, Alabama, and Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida, discovered the pilot’s body.

Source: Wikipedia

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