JAMES B. MCCRAVY, JR., LTCOL, USAF
James McCravy, Jr. '53
Date of birth: June 21, 1931
Date of death: June 27, 1972
From the 1953 Lucky Bag:
James was piloting a WB-57F aircraft out of Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, on June 27, 1972 when the "aircraft entered a Mach tuck, pitching the nose downward. The circumstance was exacerbated by wing flutter from the airflow over the wings, and the high-altitude aircraft came apart at 50,000 feet over the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque." His co-pilot was also lost.
The original investigation report said the manufacturer needed to provide more technical information, but the ultimate decision was that pilot error was the cause.
Distinguished Flying Cross
The Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin reported on January 23, 1972 that James was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in Vietnam as aircraft commander of a EB-66 Destroyer reconnaissance aircraft.