Kezar Falls, ME. – November 5, 1966

Kezar Falls, Maine – November 5, 1966


F-84 Thunderjet – U.S. Air Force Photo

     On November 5, 1966, Captain Edward S. Mansfield, 29, of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, was piloting an F-84 Thunderjet, (Ser. No. 51-9466), over the New Hampshire-Maine state line when the aircraft developed engine trouble and he was forced to bail out at 10,000 feet.  Capt. Mansfield landed safely in the village of Kezar Falls, which is located in the southern portion of the town of Porter, Maine.  Once on the ground he made his way to a nearby farm house.   

     The F-84 came down in a nearby wooded area, and nobody on the ground was injured. 

     It was reported that this was the second time Capt. Mansfield had been saved by a parachute.  He was forced to bail out of another F-84 in Spain in 1962. 


     Boston Sunday Advertiser, “Ejection Seat Saves Pilot Second Time”, November 6, 1966    

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