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Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base

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Michael F. Cochrane

11 Hours 42 Minutes

Findaway Voices

December 2017

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Mass murder and military aviation disaster-one community's experience with two fatal tragedies that occurred suddenly... but not without warning.
On 20 June 1994, a gunman opened fire on the patrons and staff of the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. Four days later, a B-52 bomber with four souls onboard went down in a fiery crash. Hundreds of ordinary men and women experienced the tragedies...countless others had struggled to prevent them.
Everyone who met the would-be gunman thought he was odd, but the disturbed airman struck fear in those who knew him. Fairchild mental-health doctors had him committed to a military psychiatric ward. As he slipped through the cracks of the broken system they warned their staff, 'This is the kind of patient day...he's going to come back and kill you.'

A veteran B-52 pilot wowed the crowd at Fairchild's annual air show. But the men who had to fly with him shared tales of the reckless aviator routinely stressing the airliner-sized bomber and her crew to their breaking point. When leadership failed to act the aircrews said, 'We predicted the worst air-show disaster in history when we found out that he was gonna fly.'

This compelling narrative is the work of former military policeman and criminal investigator, Andy Brown. Drawing from extensive research, and interviews with the people who witnessed the tragedies unfold, Brown captures their story with cinematic clarity. As the man who ended the killing spree, Brown reveals how he had prepared for the deadly gunfight and offers a candid insight into the hidden cost of becoming a 'hero'.
A fascinating story of courage and resilience-a lesson from history.

Listen to this true story of mental illness, mass murder, and aviation disaster.  

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