“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Suwanee in Gwinnett County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Aviation Tragedy

Aviation Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
Location. 34° 0.385′ N, 84° 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.
Other nearby markers.
Wide view of Aviation Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 24, 2015
2. Wide view of Aviation Tragedy Marker
Northlake Drive can be seen in the distance.
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); In Tribute to Ezzard Charles (approx. 5.3 miles away); Confederate Veterans of Gwinnett County, Georgia (approx. 5.4 miles away); Memorial to the Fallen of 1836 (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.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & Space
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 3,464 times since then and 124 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 Querétaro, Mexico. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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