KC-135A STRATOTANKER s/n 57-1489
GRUMMAN YANKEE AA-1 N6160L:
KC-135 - Fatalities
LTC James Floor, 53
Maj Truman Young Jr., 48
LTC Ted Beam, 40
TSGT Donald Plough, 47
Grumman Yankee - Fatalities
James Breshears, 48, of Livermore,CA
Kenneth Gurtz, 36, Pleasanton, CA
We remember this crash well. 13 March 1982. It was a sad day for the Air National Guard at Sky Harbor. It collided with a civilian Grumman Yankee on which the California pilot was unfamiliar with the local flight patterns. The light plane struck the tail of the Stratotanker, the KC impacting in an inverted dive after the tail was severed.
The giant plane crashed on the Perryville Prison grounds, which is now a big medium-security women’s prison. We emailed the warden asking to see the crash site and were astonished when the warden set up an appointment for us to do so.
After a security screening and background check, we met a very helpful assistant warden who took us out on the perimeter road to the crash site in a guard truck. It is in a plowed field just off the perimeter fence near a prison maintenance yard. The field is not cultivated, just cleared for security.
We were not allowed to search the field or leave the perimeter road. With such a large plane a lot of wreckage probably remains in that field.
The Grumman Yankee impacted across the road in what is now an annexed addition to the prison with a similar plowed field for security.
We talked to numerous employees of the prison when were there, but none of them had worked there long enough to remember the crash.
See NTSB report here: