On 1/31/58 a group of five TB-26s call signs Archer 1 thru 5 flying for the 4th Tow Target Squadron were on a formation navigational training mission out of their home base at George Air Force Base, Califorina. The flight was to be a round robin trip to Winslow, to Phoenix, to Blythe and return to George Air Force Base. Only 22 minutes after taking off and at an altitude of approximately 7000 feet msl, #44-34668, Archer 4 collided with #41-39310, Archer 3. Archer 4 lost power on the right engine and suffered other damage but was able to make a safe gear up landing at George Air Force Base where a foamed runaway was prepared for them. Archer 3 faired much worse damage having lost it’s tail in the collision sending it crashing to the desert below killing the pilot 1/Lt. Alexander Aros and engineer A/1C Patrick W. Hughes.