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Incident Name: White Sands Missile Range Fire, NM
Date: 9/10/87
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age:
Agency/Organization: Black Hills Aviation of Alamogordo, NM under contract with the US Army
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary:
Nathan Kolb, 22, pilot
Woodard "Red" Miller, 64, co-pilot

Pilot Nathan Kolb, 22, of Alamogordo and co-pilot Woodard Miller, 64, of Tularosa, NM died on September 10, 1987 when Tanker 07, the P2V they were flying, crashed in a remote area of the White Sands Missile Range.

P2V Airtanker for type of airtanker. Photo credit #1 Mike Meadows; and #2, #3 Craig M Happ

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Maps

White Sands Missile Range, not specific location

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • Concise Information from AAP, WLF Staff research:
    • September 10, 1987, Tanker 07
    • 2 killed: Nathan Kolb, Woodward "Red" Miller
    • Operator: Black Hills Aviation of Alamogordo, NM (owned by Arnold Kolb)
    • Type: Lockheed P2V Neptune
    • collision with terrain in a remote section of White Sands Missile Range NM
    • FAA Registration # unknown
    • NTSB # none; NTSB query page
  • USFA Memorial Database: Nathan Kolb | Woodard Miller

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Media Articles and Reports

  • Two men fighting a fire from an airplane died Thursday, Around Texas and the Southwest

    September 12, 1987 | Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO, NM -- Two men fighting a fire from an airplane died Thursday when their craft crashed in a remote region of the White Sands Missile Range. The victims were identified as pilot Nathan Kolb, 22, of Alamogordo and co-pilot Woodard Miller, 64, of Tularosa. They were employees of Black Hills Aviation of Alamogordo. The plane was dropping slurry, a mixture of water and other fire retardants, on a blaze that began during military testing on the range.

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Photos, Videos, & Tributes

P2V Type: Tanker 11. Photo Credit Tim Foley; out of Grand Junction Colorado; photo from slide.

P2V Airtanker Type P2V Airtanker Type

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Contributors to this article: Midland; Tom Janney, aviation historian; photo credits
Mike Meadows, Craig M Happ, Tim Foley.

 

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