sikorsky uh-60a black hawk (81-23647)

SIKORSKY UH-60A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER (81-23647)
SIKORSKY UH-60A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER (81-23647)
A UH-60A #81-23647 Black Hawk helicopter (Call sign "Hawk 47") assigned to the 55th ARRS at Eglin AFB, FL., crashed near Pope AFB, NC. Aug. 14, killing its four crew members.

Dead are: Capt. Ralph Gehringer, 26 from Tocoma, WA., aircraft commander; Capt. Jeffrey Stevens, 26, Billings, MT., instructor pilot, and SrA. Jeff Beseke, 21, Alexandria, MN., flight engineer. All were assigned to the 55th ARRS.

The fourth crew member was Maj. Kenneth Reinhard, 42, from Cibolo, TX., a helicopter pilot and an air operations officer from Detachment 2, 23rd Air Force at Fort Bragg, NC. Maj. Reinhard was being given his 'fini' flight as he had retired from active duty that day.

The UH-60 helicopter and its three Eglin crew members had been at Pope since Aug. 11 for training. The helicopter departed Pope Aug. 14 at 3:30 p.m. EDT on a training mission to Andrews AFB, MD.

The helicopter crashed in a heavily wode area on Fort Bragg, about four miles north of Pope AFB. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
  1. AIR COMMANDO 2 Beseke, Jeffrey Allan

    SURNAME Beseke FORENAME Jeffrey Allan UNIT 55 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron RANK Senior Airman NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 14th August 1987 AGE 21 GRAVESITE St Mary's Cemetery,Alexandria,Douglas County,Minnesota ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Alexandria,Minnesota born 6.5.1966...
  2. AIR COMMANDO 2 Reinhard, Kenneth Oscar

    SURNAME Reinhard FORENAME Kenneth Oscar UNIT 55 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron RANK Major NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 14th August 1987 AGE 43 GRAVESITE Lone Oak Cemetery,Geronimo,Guadalupe County,Texas ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Cibolo,Texas born 22.9.1943 Seguin,Texas son of...
  3. AIR COMMANDO 2 Stevens, Jeffery Lund

    SURNAME Stevens FORENAME Jeffery Lund UNIT 55 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron RANK Captain NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 14th August 1987 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Sunset Hills Cemetery,Bozeman,Gallatin County,Montana New 148 81 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Billings,Montana born 19.5.1961...
  4. AIR COMMANDO 2 Gehringer, Ralph William

    SURNAME Gehringer FORENAME Ralph William UNIT 55 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron RANK Captain NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 14th August 1987 AGE 26 GRAVESITE Mountain View Memorial Park,Lakewood,Pierce County,Washington Liberty Bell Court ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from...
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