Date: February 19, 1965
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Description: Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Debris of helicopter marks spot where three men died. OXFORD, Kan.-The surviving pilot of an air force jet fighter that collided Friday with an army helicopter bound for Tinker Air Force Base told rescuers he did not see the helicopter before the collision that killed three men. "First thing I knew, I saw spinning blades all around, and fire was all over me," Capt. John B. Abernathy told farmers who aided him after he parachuted to safety. Abernathy was flying an F-105 fighter, based at McConnell Air Force Base at Wichita from which he had taken off only minutes earlier. All the dead were aboard the helicopter, an H-21"workhorse" based at Fort Riley, Kan. The army identified the dead as: Capt. Philip G. Wolf, 30, pilot, whose wife, Roberta, and two children live at Fort Riley."