Blank, Kenneth, Lt Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1555E-Weapon Systems Officer
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1951 - 1972
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Home State
Nebraska
Nebraska
Year of Birth
1930
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Richmond Vlymen (Papa Pitt) to remember Blank, Kenneth (Sewn 11), Lt Col.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Franklin, Nebraska
Last Address
RAF Upper Heyford, England
Date of Passing
Jan 18, 1972
 
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Franklin, Nebraska

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Last Known Activity:

Date: 18-JAN-1972
Time:
Type:
General Dynamics F-111E
Owner/operator: 55th TFS, 20th TFW, USAF
Registration: 68-0018
C/n / msn: A1-198/E-39
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Sidlaw Hills, near Burrelton, Perthshire - United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature: Military
Departure airport: RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk (LKZ/EGUL)
Destination airport: RAF Leuchars, Fife
Narrative:
Crashed January 18, 1972, whilst on a routine ground controlled approach to RAF Leuchars, crashed approximately 975 ft on a snow covered 1,050 ft high mountain in the Sidlaw Hills, near Burrelton, Perthshire, Scotland, approximately three-and-a-half miles south of Coupar Angus, and 15 miles north west of Leuchars.

Both crew - LT COL Floyd B. Sweet (pilot) and LT COL Kenneth T. Blank (WSO) - were killed, as no ejection appears to have taken place

Lt COL Sweet had been the 77 TFS, Director of Operations. The 77th named the squadron bar in his honor "Sweet Floyds." To this day the 77 FS, now at Shaw, has their heritage room named after Lt COL Sweet with the original plaque from the 77 TFS bar at RAF Upper Heyford.

   
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Col Kenneth T. Blank Col Kenneth T. Blank

LtCol Kenneth T. Blank - F-105 History
http://34tfsthuds.us/resources/Pictures/A-F/Blank_Kenneth_T.pdf

   

 1967-1972, F-111 Aardvark
From Year
1967
To Year
1972
   
Personal Memories
Not Specified
   
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 F-111 Aardvark Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information
Model General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark
Length 73.49 ft | 22.40 m
Width 62.99 ft | 19.20 m
Height 17.13 ft | 5.22 m
Engine(s) 2 x Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-111 turbofan engines generating 25,100lbs of standard thrust each.
Empty Weight 47,840 lbs | 21,700 kg
MTOW 100,002 lbs | 45,360 kg
Max Speed 914 mph | 1,471 km/h | 794 kts
Max Range 2,900 miles | 4,667 km
Ceiling 57,907 ft | 17,650 m | 11.0 miles
Climb Rate Not Available
Hardpoints 5
Armament 1 x 22mm cannon

Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following:

GBU-12 laser-guided bomb
GBU-10 laser guided bomb
AGM-84 HARM anti-radar anti-radiation Missile
GBU-15
AGM-142 air-to-surface missile
AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile
Conventional Iron / Dumb / Drop Bombs
Accommodations 2


Major Variants

* F-111A - Initial Production Model Designation; 23 pre-production models produced; Total of 158 at production end fitted with 18,500lb TF30-P-3 powerplants; 42 converted to EF-111A Ravens.
* F-111B - Cancelled Fleet Defense Variant of which 5 pre-production models were produced.
* F-111C - Australian Export Models of which 24 were produced.
* F-111D - 96 Production Models fitted with TF30-P-0 powerplants generating 19,600lbs of thrust each.
* F-111E - 94 Production Models of this type.
* F-111F - 106 Production Models of this type fitted with TF30-P-111 capable of 25,100lbs of thrust each.
* EF-111A "Raven" - Electronic Warfare Model Designation based on converted F-111 "A" models; retired in 1998.
* FB-111A - Strategic Model Designation of which 76 were produced; fitted with 2 x additional hardpoints, increased wingspan and TF30-P-7 powerplants generating 20,150lbs of thrust; improved electronics.
* F-111G - Converted FB-111A Models for European Theater use; RAAF usage of this model as well.
* EF-111A - Electronic Warfare Conversion Models of F-111A series; 42 converted in this way.


   
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