This is the F-100D #56-3125 piloted by 1Lt Douglas B. Peterson after the night time landing on Bicycle Lake at Camp Irwin. 1Lt Peterson made a good approach, but during the flare was blinded by the reflection of the his landing lights on the light surface of the runway and entered a porpoising action upon touchdown. This porpoise became violent enough to cause the collapsing of the nose gear and substantial damage to the aircraft. At the time Capt. Gerald R Weiland in #56-3058 was flying along with #56-3125 and was planning to land on the lake bed next, but #56-3125 broke the wiring to one side of the runway lights in his landing. Capt. Weiland elected to discontinue his approach and head towards Daggett Airport, but his engine shortly flamed out from lack of fuel and he was forced to eject.
Photo provided by Chris Baird
From F-100D Super Sabre #56-3058 1/26/14