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McDonnell F-101C Voodoo 56-0013 of 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force, crashed on Maol Odhar near Strontian on 7th May 1964
Morris Haughton Reed III
The aircraft was one of a flight which had taken off from RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk for a cross country exercise. While heading south west along the Great Glen near Fort William the other members of the flight lost contact with Captain Reed. According to press reports the aircraft had been flying at 23,000ft when it disappeared though this cannot be confirmed as no copy of the USAF accident report has been traced, despite attempts by their Flight Safety Center. A search was initiated with RAF Mountain Rescue teams being sent to the mountains around Fort William along with helicopters and fixed wing search aircraft from the RAF, Royal Navy and USAF. The search dragged on for nine days before the weather cleared sufficiently for the remains of the missing aircraft to be spotted from the air by one of the search aircraft. It would appear that the aircraft had flown into the mountain mere feet below its summit, it is possible that press were miss briefed on the altitude the formation were at as an indicated altitude of 2,300 feet is much closer to that of the crash site.
Most of the larger pieces of aircraft cascaded down the steep scree covered slope into Coire nam Frithallt some 600 feet below the point of impact where it still lies to this day.
Below are two newspaper articles from the Oban Times from the 14th of May and 21st of May 1964 (the newspaper is printed weekly so the earliest article is from a week after the crash)