CAPTAIN JOEL RUDE, Dillon, MT
N 45° 13.413 W 112° 37.861
12T E 371951 N 5009078
Quick Description: Capt Joel Rude died September 3, 1979. A plaque in his honor is part of the Southwest Montana Veterans Memorial park in Dillon, Montana.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:35:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM9ZW5
The plaque reads:
"In Honor of the Bravery and Sacrifice of
CAPTAIN JOEL RUDE, MTANG
September 3, 1979
To Honor the 30th Anniversary of the crash of a Montana Air National Guard F-106 Fighter Jet during the 1979 Dillon Labor Day Parade. The people of Dillon and Beaverhead County dedicate this plaque to the Memory of Captain Rude who died in the line of duty.
Dedicated this 7th day of September, 2009.
Martin Malesich, Mayor of the City of Dillon."
On Labor Day, 1979, two F-106 jets were performing a flyover demonstration in Dillon, from Great Falls Air National Guard Air Base when Captain Rude's plane crashed into a grain elevator, about 100 feet off the ground, as thousands of parade-goers watched. The jet plane exploded, debris fell on the crowd, 2 giant fireballs demolished the grain elevator and the plane. Rude was killed but there were no other injuries.
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Type of memorial: Plaque
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