On 7/8/64 the Republic F-105D Thunderchief #61-0091 and the Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker #60-0340 collided mid-air over southern California. The F-105D #61-0091, call sign TAR 68 was assigned with the 355th TFW out of George AFB, California was on a training mission along with two other aircraft. The flight was to accomplish instrument training in addition to the scheduled air refueling and return to George AFB. The air tanker, the Boeing KC-135A #60-0340, call sign SHAG 21 was assigned with the 462th Aerospace Wing out of Larson AFB, Washington was on a combat crew training mission. The flight was scheduled for a seven hour duration taking off from Larson AFB and returning back to Larson AFB at the completion of the mission. The aircraft rendezvoused at approximately 26,000 feet and while in the process of in-flight refueling, the F-105D struck the KC-135A’s right wing causing the mid-air break up of both aircraft. Killed in the accident were the four crewmembers onboard the KC-135A and the pilot of the F-105D.
KC-135A #60-0340 crew,
Pilot: Capt. Thomas F. Dozier
Copilot: 1st LT Erwin W. Boelter Jr.
Navigator: 1st Lt Ronald D. Williams
Boom Operator: S/Sgt Robert J. Graves
The F-105D #61-0091 pilot, Capt Leonard F. Reynolds