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Suwanee in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Aviation Tragedy

Aviation Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, May 3, 2006
1. Aviation Tragedy Marker
Inscription.  In the evening hours of December 6, 1953 four F-84D jet aircraft of 128th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard crashed near this site. They were returning from a routine weekend training flight from the Miami area when they encountered unexpected weather and altitude awareness problems as they prepared to land at Dobbins AFB near Marietta, Georgia. All of the pilots perished. No one on the ground was injured although the impact destroyed the home of the Ernest Brooks family that by chance were not at home. After the accident the United States Air Force changed the design of the altimeter, the instrument used to measure altitude, making it easier to read. This change probably saved many lives in the future.

The Pilots were Captain Idon M. Hodge, Jr., 1st Lieutenant Samuel P. Dixon Jr., 1st Lieutenant Elwood C. Kent, and 2nd Lieutenant William A. Tennent.
Erected 2003.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceDisasters. A significant historical date for this entry is December 6, 1883.
Location. 34° 0.385′ N, 84° 
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3.668′ W. Marker is in Suwanee, Georgia, in Gwinnett County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Peachtree Road and Northlake Drive, on the right when traveling east on Old Peachtree Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 702 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee GA 30024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Suwanee, Georgia 9/11 Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Peachtree Road (approx. 4.3 miles away); Home of Alice Harrell Strickland - Georgia's First Woman Mayor (approx. 4½ miles away); Richard Dickinson Winn (approx. 5 miles away); Chesser-Williams House (approx. 5.1 miles away); Lynching in America / Lynching of Charles Hale (approx. 5.3 miles away); In Tribute to Ezzard Charles (approx. 5.3 miles away); Buggy Steps (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . .  Four Down on Old Peachtree Road. A book has been written about this tragedy. The author, Mr. Ben Cole, is a local (Suwanee, GA) aviation enthusiast and amateur historian. Along with this book, Cole raised $2,000 needed to erect this marker on Old Peachtree Road in time for the crash’s 50th anniversary in December 2003. (Submitted on July 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Wide view of Aviation Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 24, 2015
2. Wide view of Aviation Tragedy Marker
Northlake Drive can be seen in the distance.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 4,376 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 27, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on June 28, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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