[2012.201.B0051.0187]

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Crash crew spray a military jet crash on a runway as Air Police vehicle occupants watch. Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "WHY? Military Air Transport Service Wednesday wanted to know why this C-97 had landing gear troubles Tuesday threatening the lives of the six-man crew. The pilot executed what the Air Force called "a beautiful landing" in spite of the difficulty. The crew walked away unharmed. Tinker`s crash crews had spread foam on the runways in an attempt to stall a fire on the forced crash-landing." A board of inquiry was ordered at ... continued below

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Creator: Unknown. August 9, 1961.

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Crash crew spray a military jet crash on a runway as Air Police vehicle occupants watch. Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "WHY? Military Air Transport Service Wednesday wanted to know why this C-97 had landing gear troubles Tuesday threatening the lives of the six-man crew. The pilot executed what the Air Force called "a beautiful landing" in spite of the difficulty. The crew walked away unharmed. Tinker`s crash crews had spread foam on the runways in an attempt to stall a fire on the forced crash-landing." A board of inquiry was ordered at Tinker Air Force base Wednesday, precipitated by the forced crash-landing by an Air National Guard C-97 transport plane late Tuesday. Ordered by the flying safety officer for the Military Air Transport Service, the inquiry is an attempt to find reasons for the failure which threatened the lives of crew and loss of the plane. Crew Held The plane and crew remained at Tinker for the inquiry, which is routine in all crashes. The men`s commanding general flew to Tinker in T-33 Tuesday to be on hand for the touchy" set-down of the plane. Brig. Gen. Enoch B. Stephenson, commander of the 118th Air Transport Wing of the Tennessee Guard, not only ordered the crew held but insisted they go through a complete check-out at Tinker`s hospital Wednesday. Plane to Remain The plane will remain at Tinker for repairs. Once the inquiry board finishes its questioning, the crew will fly back to their base at Nashville in a C-47 "Gooney Bird." They`ll return to Tinker later to pick up the 97 that lost a part of a wing and a propeller in the landing. Pilot of the almost ill-fated transport was Major John L. Wade, 38, Murfreesboro, Tenn."

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  • The Oklahoma Times: August 9, 1961

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Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection

The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the parent company of many prominent Oklahoma newspapers, amassed a significant collection of photographs that span more than a century. The wide variety of photographs accompanied stories in the newspapers.

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[2012.201.B0051.0187], photograph, August 9, 1961; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc220766/: accessed November 24, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.