1974 Typhoon Bess WC-130 Swan 38 disappearance
A Lockheed WC-130H Weatherbird, of the 54th Weather reconnaissance Squadron, in flight over the Pacific Ocean
|Date||12 October 1974|
|Site||South China Sea|
|Aircraft type||Lockheed WC-130|
|Operator||54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, USAF|
|Flight origin||Clark Air Base, the Philippines|
In 1974, a newly converted WC-130 Weatherbird (serial number 65-0965) was transferred to the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the "Typhoon Chasers", at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam. The aircraft was sent to investigate Typhoon Bess. The crew departed Clark Air Base in the Philippines with the callsign "Swan 38".
Radio contact with the aircraft was lost on 12 October 1974, apparently as the aircraft was heading into the typhoon's eye to make a second position fix. There were no radio transmissions indicating an emergency on board, and search teams could not locate the aircraft or its crew. All six crew members were listed as missing and presumed dead.
- Ranter, Harro; Lujan, Fabian I. (2007). "Lockheed WC-130H Hercules 65-0965 South China Sea". Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Tom Robison. Whiskey-Charlie! Retrieved on 2011-06-19.
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