ARMED FORCES: Death in the Bramble

When Captain Idon M. Hodge Jr., 30, checked the tower at Dobbins Air Force Base, the operator told him that the field was still open and cleared him for an instrument approach. Hodge, leading a flight of four F-84s of the Georgia National Guard's crack stunt-flying team on a night-training flight from Miami, said he was starting down through the fog and rain. A moment later, the tower overheard one of Hodge's wingmen say: "I don't like this at all." Another pilot in the formation answered: "How do you suppose I feel?"

Three minutes later, the four jets rammed at 480...

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