Martin B-26 Marauder 41-35071WRG #0015839

Serial #: 41-35071
Construction #: -
Civil Registration:
  B-26C Marauder
  TB-26 Marauder
  B-26C-T Marauder
Name: Carolyn
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1995

United Airlines, September 9, 1946.
- Registered as N5546N.
Leland H. Cameron/Allied Aircraft Co, North Hollywood, CA, March 29, 1948.
Leland H. Cameron/Advanced Industries, North Hollywood, CA, June 1, 1949.
- Flew as Bendix racer #24/Valley Turtle.
S. Murray, Oakland, CA, Apr. 5, 1950.
Tennesee Gas Transmission Co, Houston, TX, August 29, 1951-1957.
- Converted to B-26C-T exectuive model circa 1953.
-- Conversion done by Airesearch Aviation Service, Los Angeles, CA.
- Registered as N500T, March 28, 1957.
- Reregistered as N5546N, July 22, 1957.
William C. Wold & Association, New York, NY, September 23, 1959.
California Airmotive Corp, Van Nuys, CA, April 15, 1961.
Bacon Aircraft Co, Santa Monica, CA, September 7, 1961.
Ing. Jorge Mendez/PEMEX Corp, Mexico, September 11, 1961.
- Registered as XB-LOX.
Ace Norris, Chatanooga, TN, Oct. 1965.
Ace Norris/Aero Carpet, Chatanooga, TN, November 17, 1965.
- Reregistered as N5546N.
Carolina Aircraft Corp, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 24, 1966.
Westernair of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, March 2, 1966.
W. Meller Associates, September 11, 199.
- Used for engine testing.
State Bank of Greeley, Greeley, CO, November 10, 1967.
CAF/Commemorative Air Force, Harlingen, TX, November 1967-1995.
- Undercarriage collapsed during engine run, 1969.
- Rebuild begun October 1975.
- First flight, September 11, 1984.
- Nose gear collapsed, Harlingen (repaired), October 12, 1985.
- Destroyed in fatal accident during forced landing, Harlingen, TX, September 28, 1995.

NTSB Identification: FTW95FA406.

Accident occurred SEP-28-95 at ODESSA, TX
Aircraft: MARTIN B-26C, registration: N5546N
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

Witnesses observed the aircraft approximately 250 feet above the ground heading towards the southwest. As the aircraft passed overhead, the "engines were sputtering." Approximately 3/4 mile from the witnesses, the aircraft made a "sharp" right turn, nosed down, and impacted the ground. The engines "quit" prior to the aircraft turning right. According to the operator, the flight was in preparation for a flight evaluation for the pilot-in-command by an FAA inspector. The pilot reported to Departure Control that he would be "working on stalls and steep turns," and the pilot was instructed to "maintain VFR at or above five thousand five hundred." The pilot-in-command had accumulated approximately 500 hours in the B-26. Prior to the accident flight, he had flown the B-26 once since October 8, 1993. That flight was on September 26, 1995, for a duration of 30 minutes. Prior to the flight the fuel tanks were "sticked" and the total fuel was approximately 720 gallons of 100 octane low lead avg as. Examination of the airplane and engines did not disclose any premishap discrepancies. Due to the extent of damage, flight control continuity could not be established.
Probable Cause
the failure of the pilot to maintain minimum airspeed for flight resulting in an inadvertent stall/spin. Factors were the loss of power for undetermined reasons, and the pilot's lack of recent flight experience in the aircraft.

Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
NTSB, www.ntsb.gov
Photo Source(s):
Tom Griffith

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