Furman, Robert J., Maj

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1971-1971, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
Service Years
- 1971

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
Edwards AFB, CA

Date of Passing
Apr 23, 1971
Location of Interment
Star of David Memorial Gardens - North Lauderdale, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity
Date: 23-APR-1971
General Dynamics F-111E
Owner/operator: AF FTC, USAF
Registration: 67-0117
C/n / msn: A1-162/E-3
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Mojave Desert, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles. -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature: Military
Departure airport: Edwards AFB, CA
Destination airport:  
Destroyed on test flight out of Edwards AFB, CA. Crashed on April 23, 1971 into the Mojave Desert CA. Cause of accident described as "aircraft departed controlled flight during a gun firing flight test wind up turn".

Both crew - Major James W. Hurt III (pilot) and Major Robert J. Furman (WSO) were killed. They were both found still inside the escape capsule

Aircraft experienced trouble at 6,000 feet. This was the 18th crash of the type since entering service and the second fatal accident of 1971 when the module chute failed to properly deploy. All F-111s were grounded on Thursday April 30, 1971 after it was determined that the recovery chute compartment door failed to separate making crew escape impossible. This was the sixth grounding order for the F-111 since it entered operation. Grounding order lifted June 8, 1971 during which time the panel that failed in this accident was replaced .

F-111E s/n 67-0117 was the 3rd conversion from F-111A to F-111E, and had accumulated 97 flights and 152.7 flight hours.


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 Unit Assignments
4519th Combat Crew Training Squadron (TAC)23rd Tactical Fighter Wing469th Tactical Fighter Squadron388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
  1967-1967, 4519th Combat Crew Training Squadron (TAC)
  1967-1967, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1969, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1971-1971, Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-111 Aardvark  
  1967-1969, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1971-1971, F-111 Aardvark
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