George Duncan ramp strike has been used in several films including Men of the Fighting Lady, Midway, and The Hunt for Red October
The impressive video in this post shows the famous non-fatal Grumman F9F-2 Panther ramp strike accident occurred as Cdr. George Duncan attempted to land on USS Midway (CV-41) in F9F-2 BuNo 125228, during carrier suitability tests in the Atlantic Ocean.
Noteworthy his first landing that day was fine; the spectacular crash occurred on the second. As explained in the book Wave-Off! A History of LSOs and Ship-Board Landings by Robert R. “Boom” Powell, Commander, USN (Ret.), because it was a test program the movie camera coverage is exceptional.
After hitting the ramp, the forward fuselage of the Panther breaks away and rolled down the deck, tearing off the canopy and Duncan’s helmet. Incredibly Duncan only injuries were minor burns. Noteworthy the footage of this accident has been used in several movies including Men of the Fighting Lady (realistically as an F9F), Midway (where the SBD Dauntless flown by Charlton Heston morphs into an SB2C Helldiver in the groove and crashes as Duncan’s Panther), and The Hunt for Red October (standing in for an F-14 Tomcat).
Photo credit: U.S. Navy