Rockland, MA. – October 2, 1956

Rockland, Massachusetts – October 2, 1956   

U.S. Navy
Grumman F9F Panther
U.S. Navy Photo – National Archives

     On October 2, 1956, navy Lieutenant  (Jg.) Donald R. Good, (27), of Natick, Massachusetts, perished when the Grumman F9F fighter jet he was piloting crashed and burned in a sandpit near Summer Street in Rockland.  The aircraft had narrowly missed a row of houses and clipped some trees prior to the crash.  Lt. Good did not eject, and instead stayed with the aircraft due to being over a populated area.  He’d been stationed at the South Waymouth Naval Air Station.


      The Boston Globe, “Natick Pilot Dies At Rockland – Navy Board Opens Probe In Fatal Jet Plane Crash”, October 3, 1956.  Article submitted by Eric Wiberg, author and historian. 

     Aviation Safety Network

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