Today in History – October 6, 1955 – a McDonnell F3H-2N Demon flies over 2 states after the pilot ejects.

6 October 1955 – McDonnell company test pilot George Shirley Mills bails out of McDonnell F3H-2N Demon over Carrollton, Illinois near St. Louis, Missouri after what appears to be a massive systems failure, including the J-40 engine.

Instead of crashing, the fighter circles over two states for more than an hour sans canopy, ejection seat, and pilot. It eventually impacts in a cornfield near Monticello, Iowa, 250 miles (400 km) from where Mills ejected.


Source: Portal:Aviation/Anniversaries/October 6 – Wikipedia

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