Jetstar Prototype, N329J, in its final Lockheed color scheme
Herewith, some Jetstar historical photos, courtesy of Jim Goodall and his friends at the Lockheed Skunk Works
I was able to locate engine teardown reports from Bristol; they pinpointed the accident date as 28 April 1962. The airplane had been flying about 90 minutes at 40,000 feet. During descent and approach to Burbank, only 50% thrust could be obtained, and the fuel boost pump pressures were noted as zero. Unable to make the field, the airplane was force landed in an open area. The engines continued to run at idle power throughout the landing.
The teardown reports can be seen here.
The above picture has generated quite a lot of fascinating emails. They discuss who the pilot was that was flying, as well as the exact location of the accident:
I saw the aircraft flame out and land in a field near Burbank.
Herman "Fish" Salmon, Lockheed test pilot and friend of mine, came by my house and we went together over to the aircraft. The airplane ran out of fuel or lost power just short of Burbank. The emergency landing, off airport, in 1962, was actually due to a design problem. The fuel supply froze. The pilot of that flight was Vern Peterson. He broke his back in the accident. After returning to flight status, he continued in flight test including the test program for the C-130 and C-141.
Following the accident, Fred Cavanaugh, Advanced Development Projects engineer, authorized installation of the production (dual wheel) nose gear. The landing took place with the gear down, with the resultant failure of the original nose gear. (The Jetstar originally had single wheels on all landing gears. The production airplanes had dual wheels on each landing gear. After the accident, the Prototype wound up with the unique configuration of duals on the NLG and singles on the MLG.)
Kelly and crew This photo is labeled "Last Day of Senior Bowl". Kelly is seventh from left, and a lot older. Senior Bowl refers to the Skunk Works D21 ramjet drone program. See: http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/d21b001.html (Thanks to Eric Toler for this info.)
N329J in her final (and current) paint scheme Note the dual nose wheels and the slipper tank off No. 2 airplane. See N329J today
According to correspondence found in the records we received from BCIT, from Bristol Siddley to Lockheed in 1963, they remind Lockheed that they had the only four Bristol 810D engines in existence! Serial numbers 130001, through 130004. Thus, they were cautioned, due notice was needed by the factory when overhaul times were close as they may have to manufacture components for the engines. At the Museum, we have three of these, the fourth (004) being the one that came apart on takeoff from Burbank.
See more engine information here (pending)
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