Went off the runway during takeoff roll at Hill AFB at 21:50 hours on a night training flight. The aircraft veered off the runway forcing the pilot to eject. Cause was a blown nose gear tire which resulted in loss of directional control. Pilot, Captain Casey J. Tidgewell, sustained only minor injuries. Damage to the aircraft was significant. Cause of the crash was a blown nose wheel which severed important wires and control was lost.
28 Oct 2003
USAF 4 FS
Back in service after extensive repairs at the depot at Hill AFB.
USAF 57 FW
Earmarked for assignment for the yet to be activated 24th TASS and still in the markings of the 4th Fighter Squadron.