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BBC news said the aircraft reportedly experienced engine problems, after which the pilot attempted to perform a forced landing, but sacrificed himself to avoid landing in the crowd. The Central Texas Wing of the Confederate Air Force announced the successful flight of their rare Bell P Airacobra , which has been undergoing restoration since One of the two pilots was killed.
Warren gained notoriety in when his Cessna became entangled in power lines near Seattle, leaving him hanging upside down for four hours until rescuers could reach him. Zuyev was the Soviet fighter pilot who defected with his MiG to Turkey in after a dramatic shootout with a sentry. He later emigrated to the USA and wrote a book about his experience entitled Fulcrum. The pilot, Roger Simpson, and his non-pilot passenger, Sara Hanson, were killed.
Roger was a friend of ours, and our deepest condolences go out to Roger's family and friends. Lefty's son, Ladd, was flying the distinctive twin-boom fighter when the left engine apparently suffered an in-flight fire, which caused the cockpit to fill with smoke, Unable to see, Gardner successfully belly-landed the plane in the field and walked away with no injuries. The plane suffered moderate damage but is rumored to be repairable. The aircraft was not insured.
Contributions toward the repair of this aircraft can be sent to: The aircraft appears to have been looted by souvenir-hunters.
Upon its recovery from the water, the wreck will be moved to the nearby Leesburg airport. The AD was developed in response to a structural failure accident in April Television footage of the accident appears to indicate that the aircraft stalled in a low-altitude turn. It landed in a nearby soybean field, and no spectators were injured. The VAC intends to restore the aircraft to airworthy status. Anyone wishing to help restore this aircraft, please contact Mr.
The jet was airlifted into its final resting place by a Chinook helicopter after being donated to the park by local resident Kevin Schwartz. The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper has reported that the hangars at Warminster, Pennsylvania which used to house the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation manufacturers of the Buffalo fighter and Buccaneer bomber , will be destroyed this fall to make room for retirement housing. The Confederate Air Force has announced the four organization names from which its members will soon chose to be the new name for the Midland, Texas-based warbird organization.
The project is scheduled for completion by The aircraft disappeared during a mission on 25 March MacGuire, who was 80, had amassed a large collection of vintage and warbird aircraft, many of them airworthy.
It is presumed the museum will continue to operate and the collection will remain in place. The aircraft was owned by Bill and Mary Jo Stebbins. Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire. A group of researchers who have been slowly melting the ice around the crash site of a WWII Fairey Battle bomber in Iceland have reported this week that they are beginning to uncover significant items from the site.
A propeller blade, machine gun, and various personal items from the crew have been found. The bodies of the crewmembers were recovered shortly after the crash in May , but the airplane was quickly buried under ice and snow, and remained so until Killed were pilot Minor Smith and passenger Matthew Hightower.
The UK's Telegraph newspaper has reported that a family out walking in an Aberdeenshire forest has discovered wreckage from an Avro Manchester bomber which crashed in The bodies of the Polish crew, along with large pieces of the wreckage, were recovered long ago, but the family has found debris and and several personal effects in the area. Terrana, a well-known aviation figure in the Northwestern USA, was noted for his generosity and friendliness.
Two Grumman S-2s , operated under contract to the California Department of Forestry as firebombers, collided near Hopland, California while fighting a forest fire, killing the two pilots, Lars Stratte and Larry Groff. A man accused of starting the fire was arrested shortly after the crash and was arraigned on two counts of murder, among other charges.
The pilot and rear seat pilot-rated passenger successfully bailed out. Caudle suffered some minor injuries. US warbirds to be grounded and destroyed? Last year's US House bill H. The new Senate bill, S. Last week, Glacier Girl , the Lockheed P Lightning which was recovered from deep inside a Greenland glacier in and is being restored to airworthy condition by Roy Shoffner in Middlesboro, Kentucky, USA, came to life when its engines were started for the first time in nearly 60 years.
The restoration team plans to taxi the airplane in early October, and fly it sometime next year. Warbird ownership in the United States continues to be threatened by vague wording in the Defense Authorization Bill of To add to the confusion, the bill has changed its designation several times, making it hard to track.
The museum's Board of Directors will use the "down-time" to develop debt-reduction and fund-raising plans. The AD requires an inspection of flap flex-shaft assemblies, and possible replacement of these shafts, depending on date of manufacture. The remains of a ten-member U. Army Air Corps B Liberator crew which was lost on March 5, have been identified and returned to their families. The bomber disappeared in a thunderstorm during a mission over Papua New Guinea, and the wreck was located in India's year-old Chief of Staff, Air Marshall AY Tipnis became the world's oldest active-duty MiG pilot, after he underwent a solo checkout in the aircraft just prior to his retirement.
The flight was made from the Handigarh Air Base. The 11, members of the Confederate Air Force voted to change the name of the organization to "Commemorative Air Force. The new name will take effect on 1 January The canopy hit a house in Kendall, Florida.
No one was injured, and the aircraft returned for a safe landing. The pilot apparently allowed the airplane to stall during a climb after a low pass.
The Vampire is known for its tendency to snap-roll and spin if mishandled in certain flight regimes. Section of the U. Defense Authorization Bill of was deleted , eliminating the immediate threat that all U.
Previous versions of the engine were fitted with air-starters. The aircraft was acquired from Forest Protection Ltd. The wreckage of a North American O trainer and observation aircraft lost in June has been found in the jungles of Panama. It is believed to be the first and only one of its type available to the general public.
An FA Fighting Falcon was made available by the same company in New Zealand's Navy, in an effort to provide its forces with realistic "enemy" aircraft for training purposes, has recruited civilian-owned jet warbirds for that purpose, including a Fouga Magister , Hawker Hunter and Cessna A Dragonfly. New Zealand's Air Force, which formerly provided these services, has had its budget for such activities cut dramatically in recent years. The first replica Messerschmitt Me jet has rolled out of its hangar in Washington state, USA after many years of construction.
More information is available at the Stormbirds website. The restoration schedule will be "stepped up," and the aircraft should be airworthy in one year. This will result in the world's only airworthy A For more information, see the organization's website at: WWII aircraft parts have recently been uncovered during the excavation of two taxiways at the Chino California Airport.
Most of the parts are small, such as engine components, fuel caps, knobs, starting cranks and armor plating, but several larger items such as landing gear legs and pilot's seats have also been unearthed. The Chino airport was the site of an aircraft decommissioning facility after WWII, and this is not the first time aircraft parts have been discovered at the site.
Local government authorities will soon decide what to do with the items. The cause of the accident is unknown. It was reported to be flying in formation with five other airplanes when it hit a tree. The pilot, a non-U. Miller has assured AOPA that the issue has been forwarded all the way up the chain to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is apparently working to correct it.
The pilot, Doug Jeanes, suffered minor burns and is in stable condition at a nearby hospital. The aircraft was making a maintenance test flight following overhaul of the engine. Though heavily damaged, the aircraft is believed to be repairable. Photo submitted by Mark D. All four crewmembers were rescued unhurt. It is believed that the aircraft suffered fuel starvation, leading to the failure of all four engines. The aircraft is believed to be restorable.
For photos, please see Bob Harrington's photos. It was reported that the aircraft's engine failed in the traffic pattern, and the plane hit a tree as the pilots were attempting to make it to the runway. The pilots were identified as Dan Rocco and Don Keller. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft performing low-level aerobatics just before the crash.
No FV , operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, was heavily damaged after hitting trees during an apparent off-field landing at Port Colborne, Ontario. The pilot walked away from the crash unhurt. The commemorative formation was the third-largest gathering of Bs since the end of the war. His left leg was broken and he suffered head injuries when his AirCam aircraft crashed into a lake near a housing development.
After one or both engines were seen to violently flame out, the aircraft departed controlled flight. One crewmember ejected at low altitude, but neither pilot survived. He was reportedly flying the aircraft home to its base at Wonderboom Airport near Pretoria, when the engine lost power in the traffic pattern.
Both the pilot and passenger walked away unhurt in the crash of a Boeing PT Stearman which suffered an engine failure after takeoff at the Georgetown, Texas, USA airport during an airshow. Witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to have engine problems prior to the crash. Pilot Steve Hinton reported that the airplane was fast, climbed well, and felt "like a Spitfire.
The minute post-restoration flight went well, according to group members. One of the world's only civilian-owned English Electric Canberras has landed in New South Wales, Australia after a long series of ferry flights from Bournemouth, England beginning a week earlier. An Aero Vodochody L Albatros jet overran the runway at Duxford airfield, Cambridgeshire, UK and crashed through a fence, coming to rest in the middle of the busy M11 motorway.
At some point in the chain of events, pilot Gary Clarke ejected from the the aircraft while out of the seat's operating envelope and was killed. The back-seat passenger remained with the airplane and walked away unhurt. The pilot was uninjured. The pilot was not injured. The pilot, who was not the owner of the airplane, was killed. Six spectators visiting a Swedish air base north of Stockholm were injured by an extremely low-flying Saab Viggen jet fighter.
Media reports said that the aircraft passed directly over the group at an altitude of 30 to 60 feet, burning several members of the group and throwing others to the ground. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the proposal before 23 August Owned by Hawkins and Powers Aviation of Greybull, Wyoming, the aircraft was the second firebomber to suffer a structural breakup in the USA in as many months.
It had recently undergone an inspection for wing cracks. Following the accident, all US-based fire-fighting aircraft were grounded for 48 hours. The aircraft are both operated by the Canadian Warplane Heritage organization. It is believed that mechanical failure contributed to the accident. The Bombardier Aerospace corporation has opened a Commercial Service Centre which will meet the needs of operators of out-of-production aircraft, including the DHC-2 Beaver. The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, USA temporarily closed its doors after rising insurance costs and other factors dictated that it search for a new home.
It is rumored to be looking at locations in more rural environments. A program manager at Boeing has announced that the one-of-kind Boeing Stratoliner, which ditched near Everett, Washington, USA See 28 March item will be restored to airworthy condition and will return to the air sometime next year.
Thanks to the hard work of many individuals and organizations, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a Special Airworthiness Bulletin SAIB which granted a deadline extension for mandatory and expensive wing-spar inspections on T aircraft.
More information is available at: Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft performing aerobatics prior to the accident. All five crewmembers escaped safely from the bomber before it sank, and the airplane was mostly forgotten over the last 53 years. The National Park Service has now claimed ownership of the airplane, and is keeping its location secret. Sonar images of the airplane can be seen at: This aircraft was believed to be involved in secret tests of "Sun Tracker" equipment at the time of its crash.
The pilot and four passengers were uninjured. The pilot reported that the right engine suffered a severe failure and that he was unable feather the right propeller, resulting in an uncontrollable descent.
While on a qualifying lap, the aircraft's engine blew and pilot Brent Hisey landed it half-on and half-off the runway, causing it to spin around and come to rest on its belly. Miss America crewmembers say the aircraft is repairable. This aircraft was recovered from deep within a field of ice in Greenland after being abandoned in the s after a forced landing. Tom Righetti, was killed.
Air Traffic Control personnel reported that before the crash, the pilot radioed that he was in a storm and was returning to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to witnesses, the aircraft stalled and spun during a post-flyby pullup.
Army announced that a man team has recovered the remains of four American servicemen whose Curtiss C crashed in China in March The team spent two months excavating the site, which was located on a cliff face at an elevation of 15, feet in the Tibetan Himalayas. He cycled the landing gear several times and performed two photo passes for the crowd, reporting that the aircraft flew well, if slightly right-wing "heavy. Witnesses reported that the engine failed catastrophically, and the airplane went down in a marsh off the departure end of the runway.
The aircraft went down in a swampy area behind a housing subdivision. The aircraft was undergoing high-speed taxi tests when it reportedly got airborne after a 1,foot roll, and flew for approximately 1, additional feet.
For more information, see http: In Summer , one of each of the aircraft types suffered fatal inflight breakups. Proceeds from the sale will help to compensate the wife of a former Cuban spy.
Cuba is demanding the return of the airplane. The aircraft, like the ones which will follow, is an exact replica, built using an original airframe as a pattern, and powered by a new engine. Sierra Hotel Aero , a St.
Paul, Minnesota, USA-based company, purchased the type certificate, production jigs, and engineering data for the North American Navion series of aircraft. The company plans to provide maintenance and repair support for current operators of the type, and will offer improvements and modifications for existing airplanes, including hp engine installations.
The first replica Messerschmitt Me jet see 25 November news item has made its first official test flight, reaching a height of feet. Test pilot Wolf Czaia reported the jet's handling qualities as "excellent.
The Hellcat, registered to the Planes of Fame Museum, sustained substantial damage to its left wing, but the pilot managed to land safely. The pilot escaped injury as the plane slid feet off the main runway, struck a concrete block, and came to rest in a drainage ditch.
Damage to the airplane appears to be extensive. After landing, a bullet hole was discovered in the left wing. Pilot Wayne Milburn and owner Matt Denning reported that it flew well during its minute flight. Witnesses reported that the aircraft was performing aerobatics prior to the accident. The event will feature WWII memorabilia, aircraft parts, old manuals, vintage art, books, and other rare items.
For more information, see their Web site. Pilot Ollie Crawford was uninjured. The aircraft came to rest on its belly and appears to be repairable.
A Cuban DC-3 airliner, operated by a commuter airline called Aerotaxi , was hijacked by six men wielding knives.
The fabric-covered flight controls on both airplanes were destroyed, and their paint and sheet metal were damaged. Both aircraft are expected to be fully repairable. Circumstances of the accident are not known.
It is now in the identical colors and configuration that it had in , when it served at Douglas AAF, Arizona. The sole occupant was uninjured. Rick was a friend of ours, and a great guy.
The staff of Warbird Alley offers its sincere condolences to Rick's family and friends. The pilot ejected but was fatally injured when his parachute apparently did not deploy. The aircraft crashed into the lake. ATSI owns a dozen A-4s used for government contract work. An article in Canada's National Post profiled a new aircraft collector named Ed Russell, an Ontario architect who recently became wealthy as a result of a lawsuit.
Russell apparently has been acquiring and flying a rapidly-growing collection of warbirds, including a Spitfire Mk. IX and a Harvard , with plans to purchase many more types. The article said that associates close to Mr. Russell have noted his abundant enthusiasm, yet many have expressed concern about his extremely limited flight experience.
The pilot was uninjured, and the aircraft suffered relatively minor damage. A Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter which was clearing the old Kahoolawe weapons range in Hawaii suffered a cable snag on its tail rotor and crashed, killing the pilot, Gary Freeman. Gusty winds may have been a factor in the accident.
The aircraft apparently veered off the runway, causing the main landing gear legs to collapse. The firm which owns and operates the fleet of A-4 Skyhawks mentioned in the 10 May news item, has purchased an additional 17 A-4s from New Zealand's air force, which retired them in It is possible that some of the aircraft may initially go to Australia for some government contract work, but the rest will apparently be shipped to ATSI's operating location in Mesa, Arizona, USA to join their existing fleet of 12 Skyhawks.
NTSB reports indicate a possible loss of control in IFR instrument flight conditions as the cause, and witnesses reported seeing the aircraft exiting the bottom of the clouds in a steep dive before it hit the ground. The airplane is owned by the Commemorative Air Force. The students are learning various facets of aircraft restoration, in addition to interpersonal communication, leadership development, and many other life skills -- and are apparently doing very well.
The pilot, Andrea Ellen Rice, was killed when the aircraft impacted the ground after performing several aileron rolls. The aircraft was one of three operated by the Airshows America team. The aircraft appeared to have suffered only minor damage. Through the diligent efforts of EAA, AOPA and other groups, the United States Senate and House of Representatives re-wrote legislation which had threatened the continued existence of warbird aircraft and virtually all ex-military equipment by requiring them to be destroyed at the owner's expense.
The bills, this year carrying the designations S. Witnesses reported that the aircraft's engine failed on takeoff after ingesting debris, possibly from an unlocked nose baggage compartment. The airplane stalled and the pilot, Elmo Hahn, ejected from the airplane at low altitude. Because of the low altitude, he struck the ground before his parachute could fully deploy.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. Deliveries will begin in the late summer of Witnesses reported hearing and seeing problems with at least one of the aircraft's engines prior to impact. They have been identified as Lt. Commander Bill Murton pilot and Neil Rix. This particular aircraft was completely restored in Neither the pilot, passenger, nor bystanders were injured. Both pilots were killed. The aircraft crashed through the perimeter fence, across a road, and into some brush, but the pilot, Tobe Gooden, was uninjured.
Repair of the Boeing Stratoliner which ditched in Elliot Bay, Washington, USA last year has been completed, and the aircraft took to the air on its first post-restoration test flight. Some bunkers, first discovered in , were deemed to be empty, but Stasi archival records have revealed new information about additional, undiscovered storage areas under the runways.
A Hawker Hunter T. The pilot, noted F owner and airshow performer Tom Delashaw, was killed. A Fairchild CK operated on behalf of Starchaser Industries participated in the testing of an experimental, manned rocket capsule by dropping it and its pilot from 10, feet over Kingman, Arizona, USA.
The British space tourism company is participating in the X-Prize contest. The DC-3 was on a secret mission to track Soviet radar installations, and the incident had been covered up until The circumstances of the accident are unknown, but the pilot reportedly escaped injury. Neither pilot was injured. Pilot Joe Vance was killed and his passenger was seriously injured after the aircraft hit trees just short of a pasture after an apparent engine malfunction.
The aircraft was fitted with several external cameras, and the flight was intended to be an operational test of the equipment. Neither of the aircraft's crewmembers were injured, and the aircraft reportedly suffered only minor damage.
Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft flying low and erratically before it clipped the top of a house and hit the ground. The wreckage of an Avro Anson from the Indonesian Air Force which disappeared in December, has been discovered in a swamp in Indonesia. The plane is believed to have been shot down by Dutch Ps during the country's war for independence, and was piloted by the founder of the Indonesian Air Force.
A salvage operation is planned. The remains of another vintage aircraft, this time an RAF deHavilland Vampire jet, has been discovered in a jungle. The aircraft, which flew from Tengah, Singapore with No. The aircraft suffered only minor damage. The pilot reported that he mistakenly retracted the landing gear instead of the flaps on final approach. The aircraft suffered minor damage. Pilot Dale Snodgrass was not injured. The aircraft, owned by the Collings Foundation, sustained damage to the propeller and belly, but appears to be easily repairable.
The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured; one passenger was killed. The aircraft plowed through a commercial honey farm, and rescue efforts were hampered by the presence of tens of thousands of angry bees.
The aircraft's wing was damaged and its main landing gear was torn from the airplane in the accident. The passenger, Yeager's wife, was not injured. Forestry Service, crashed in the mountains northeast of Redlands, California, USA, with the loss of both crewmembers aboard. A Max Holste M. No further information is available. The US National Transportation Safety Board NTSB has issued a letter to operators of Yak aircraft to be on the alert for foreign objects which might impair the movement of the elevator bellcrank behind the rear seat.
A recent rash of accidents has been attributed to this factor. The letter urges Yak owners to install Plexiglas skin panels so they can inspect the mechanism before flight.
The museum is actively recruiting volunteers who are interested in joining the restoration team, either through direct work on the airplane; donations of parts, manuals, or advice, or monetary donations.
The pilot, Bill Johnson, was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. The aircraft had been involved in an air-to-air photo mission and was on final approach to land when it went down. The cause of the accident is under investigation. The aircraft was observed to enter a turn, then a spin, before hitting the ground.
Both the pilot and passenger were injured, but further information is not available. Well-known warbird pilot John Herlihy was killed, and the other occupant was seriously injured. The US-based Commemorative Air Force CAF has voluntarily grounded its entire fleet of over vintage aircraft until 24 November while it analyzes several fatal accidents which occurred this year. This course, offered several times each year, offered both an overview of the skills and techniques used to restore vintage aircraft, and a chance to ride in a B Mitchell bomber.
The museum cites its increasing restoration workload as the reason for discontinuing the classes. The aircraft went down under unknown circumstances in a mobile home park, destroying three homes and injuring one person on the ground. Dan was a friend of ours, and our condolences go out to his family and friends. The sole occupant was not injured.
Witnesses reported seeing parts of the nosegear doors departing from the aircraft after the blast. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA has announced that they have developed a system which might contribute to the resumption of space shuttle missions, by using two WB planes carrying sophisticated cameras. The WB aircraft, which are derived from, and closely related to the Canberra bomber, have been used for years by NASA, and would make ideal observation posts from which to watch for pieces falling from the shuttle during launch.
Both crewmembers Don Wylie and William Eisenhauer were killed. The aircraft was operated by Texas Air Aces, an air-combat and upset-training company. It is not known what type of maneuver was being performed at the time of the accident. A witnesses reported seeing one of the wings separating from the aircraft.
The seven-man crew of a U. The crew's remains were identified earlier in Federal Aviation Administration FAA has ordered a "special inspection" of all Beechcraft T Mentor wing spars within days, following the 19 November accident in Texas in which the right wing separated from one of the airplanes during air-combat maneuver training.
Before crashing into a hangar, the airplane clipped the tails of two parked North American T Trojan trainers on the ramp, substantially damaging both warbirds. The Ts are operated by Trojan Phlyers, Inc. In December, the FAA had demanded a day compliance. See News item above. The aircraft, a PBY Catalina , Vultee Vengeance and Vought Kingfisher, are partly restored, but the museum does not have the resources to complete the projects.
A new aircraft, the Wildfire Unlimited Air Racer , is being built to compete head-to-head against the traditional WWII-era fighter aircraft which have dominated the field at such events as the Reno Air Races for many decades.
Powered by an R radial engine, it slightly resembles a Grumman Bearcat. A policy change appears to be underway at the Federal Aviation Administration FAA regarding the operation of some warbird aircraft types.
Among other actions, the FAA seeks to restrict "flights for hire" of two-place aircraft which were originally single-place aircraft, such as the P and P, since they "no longer represent [the aircraft] operated during World War II. These actions came to light when the Administration recently notified the Commemorative Air Force CAF that they could only operate their experimental-category P, P and T aircraft "for the purpose of carrying persons for compensation" though 30 November During its trip, it will visit more than 20 locations across the country.
The aircraft was advertised as being an ex-Blue Angel airplane, but it is not known how it came to be on the open market without being "de-militarized. The bidding for the Hornet project, which began at around one million dollars, escalated to an unrealistic 99 million dollars before the auction was terminated by eBay. The crash, the latest in a long string of incidents in the past few years, renewed public discussion about the maintenance reliability of the 's-era fighters, which make up almost half of the country's fighter inventory.
At least one crewmember parachuted to safety, but the fate of the other three is unknown. The Administration took these measures partly in response to a November accident in which a TA in Texas lost its wing due to apparent overstress. Aircraft which have not complied with the required inspections by March 15, will be grounded. Aircraft operators, restorers and owners of fully restored vintage aircraft in original flying condition can enter. Entry applications, details on eligibility and judging criteria are available at http: Pilot Chris Timms, a former Olympic gold-medal winning yachtsman, and Kerry Campbell, the chief executive of the Ardmore Airport, were killed when the aircraft dove into the Firth of Thames.
Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft in a spin prior to hitting the water. A group in Gila Bend, Arizona, USA is pursuing plans to create a "Classic Jet Airbase" there, with regular fly-ins and airshows helping to attract not only jet owners and operators, but spectators from nearby Phoenix and around the world. Forest Protection Limited , operators of a fleet of TBM Avengers which were converted to firebombers in the s, has decided to sell three more of the vintage aircraft, along with maintenance and flight-training packages.
Threat to Warbird Rides: The Federal Aviation Administration FAA is considering revising regulations which govern the operation of vintage, antique and warbird aircraft used to give rides. The proposals would effectively eliminate the ability to give rides in the USA.
Several large aviation organizations are battling the proposal, and your help is needed. You can learn more about the FAA's proposal and find out how to comment by going to either the PlaneRide. After checking in with the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center, the pilot radioed that he was having fuel transfer problems, then the aircraft disappeared.
State Police and Civil Air Patrol teams located the crash site after a two-day search. A Florida-based company, Warbird Adventures, Inc. Navy has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota warbird restorer who salvaged the wreckage of a rare, Brewster-built F3A-1 Corsair from a North Carolina swamp in The aircraft, which went down in , was stripped of armament and instruments by the Navy shortly after the crash, then abandoned.
The Navy now claims ownership of the airplane. The Brewster version of the Corsair is extremely rare, and it is believed that its historical value is the reason for the Navy's legal action. Restorer Lex Cralley has vowed to vigorously defend his ownership of the airplane.
The Swiss-based Super Constellation Flyers Association has announced that their Lockheed Constellation , long under restoration in the United States, will soon be ferried to Europe, where it will be flown on the airshow circuit for the public to enjoy. Flight training and ground training sessions will take place, and there will be plenty of socializing and good food. For more information, see the All Red Star web site.
The wreckage of a lost P Lightning found off the coast of France has been positively identified as that of the airplane last flown in by famed writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of such classics as "The Little Prince" and "Wind, Sand and Stars. Saint-Exupery disappeared during a wartime reconnaissance mission.
Photo submitted by Virgil Belk. The troublesome Notice of Proposed Rule Making NPRM , if passed into law, would effectively shut down hundreds of smaller sightseeing operations, many utilizing vintage, classic and warbird aircraft types.
Damage to the aircraft is fairly extensive, but it is thought to be completely repairable. A Jet Provost T3A and a Lockheed TA were rolled into the large facility, marking the beginning of a process which will culminate in more than a dozen aircraft eventually being on display. Forest Service, made a forced landing in a wheat field near the Hemet-Ryan Airport, Hemet, California, after losing engine power during a maintenance ferry-flight.
The pilot suffered minor injuries. North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is credited with using his political clout to get the Navy to transfer the aircraft's title to Cralley, and to drop the lawsuit. The pilot, Donald "Pappy" Hinz, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, but passed away from his injuries on 30 May. The aircraft was apparently scheduled to take part in a Memorial Day formation fly-by near the time of the accident.
The pilot was not injured when the aircraft slid off the left side of the runway. The sole occupant was killed. The pilot was unhurt, and damage to the aircraft is unknown. A newly-restored Focke-Wulf A8 was test-flown in Germany, the first such restoration of a Fw The airplane was restored by Flug Werk GmbH of Germany, and the test flight was conducted by pilot Horst Philipp, who reported that the airplane flew well.
The plane, which was enroute to a parachute competition, was scheduled to appear at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, later in the month. Three of the five people on board were killed. White One, the replica Messerschmitt Me jet which suffered a landing gear collapse in January , has made a successful third test flight in Washington state, USA, after a long repair process. The body of the pilot was recovered two weeks after the accident, but the plane was never seen again until today.
The plane is reported to be in amazingly good shape. The Associated Press has reported that the wreckage of a Douglas C which was shot down in China in , and possibly the remains of its crew, have been recovered. The aircraft, operated by Civil Air Transport, went down near the town of Antu after being hit by anti-aircraft artillery. Two CIA operatives onboard survived, and were held captive for more than twenty years. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft's wing and left landing gear were damaged.
A Florida-based warbird flight operation, Warbird Adventures, suffered a setback as a tornado spawned by Hurricane Charley collapsed a hangar and severely damaged two of their North American SNJ trainers and two helicopters. In related news, a Douglas DC-3 undergoing restoration at Orlando Executive Airport, Florida, was picked up by the hurricane and blown into a number of hangars at the airport, destroying it and the structures.
A member recovery team returned the remains of a U. The aircraft has had a long, convoluted history since its recovery from a Russian Lake in The aircraft came to rest inverted in the water. Aircraft restorer Mike Davey unveiled the restored cockpit of a Spitfire fighter which was recovered from a bog in Acklington, Northumberland, UK. The cockpit section will be displayed at historic Hooton Park airfield , the same airfield where the plane was based until it crashed in during a formation training mission.
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First Day of Class. Saddest Turtle and the Wedding. The Longest Straw in the World. Lying in the Grass. A Bird Holds Its Breath. I Lost My Wallet. Saddest Turtle Bets It All. Saddest Turtle and the Good Ideas. All Butterflies Are Named Andrew. I Need Something Different. Standing Like a Human. Super Bowl — Part 2. What Makes An Eye Twitch. Saddest Turtle, Amateur Plumber. Nasty Old Garbage Can. The Gift of Veiny Dog. At the Retirement Home. Dreaming of a Better Life.
Jolly Octopus is a Good Listener. At the Pumpkin Patch. Proper Oral Hygiene 3. Proper Oral Hygiene 2. The Worst Day of My Life. The Only Logical Conclusion. Building Safety Tip 1. A Day at the Store. NX fatal accident on Bald Mountain, Vermont. Delta Engine failure at JFK. Southwest flaps problem and low fuel only approach. Pilot says he had seconds to decide where to land plane in Vero Beach.
Jetstar A landing gear problem. American fumes, autopilot, autothrottle, other failures divert to SGF. FedEx fuel leak divert to Newark. KDAB fatal accident discovery on tower frequency. Yakovlev Yak 52 crash near Portland-Hillsboro Airport. Qantas Freight with cockpit instrumentation problem.
Odds and ends at SFO. Bonanza NN, part of conversation in fatal flight. Air Canada bird strike and more birds, birds, birds at Montreal. SWA left engine failure April 14th. DL struck by lightning. Experimental Skybolt, N, forced landing. NDV forced landing after total loss of engine power. Allegiant braking action nil overran runway on landing at Sioux Falls.
Jetstar A hydraulic system failure. No need for an intro this time! Tame unreliable speed and altitude with unnecessary no-gyro vectors. NB engine failure and crash when trying to land on a road. I guess we're calling him Pearson Dave? Norwegian engine failure when putting on takeoff power at JFK. Delta bird strike on takeoff returns to JFK. AC Smoke in Cockpit. Cessna NXW initial problem in fatal flight.
JetBlue electrical burning smell return to JFK. Significant disruption at KSNA after a plane skidded off a runway. United overran runway at Green Bay.
Waterski engine fire indication at JFK. Royal Jordanian Diversion to Boston. YYZ ground controller having fun. Stephen Hawking tribute on March 14th. Avalon Airport lighting failure causes Jetstar diversion. SKW from Providence to Detroit in emergency diversion.
Lufthansa B engine failure but not an emergency ATC surprised. Fatal accident nr Evanston-Uinta County Airport. Small Plane crash Montgomery field. American B diverts to the Azores with multiple system failures. SAS B unable to retract gear on departure from Shannon.
Busy day at Dublin - bird activity and Shamrock 12C with a gear issue. Learejet diverted from Teterboro due to nose gear problem. Ryanair B returned to Bucharest. JetBlue in Medical diversion to Denver. Southwest plane skids off taxiway at Baltimore. DL87 Diversion to Iqaluit.
China Southern A flap system fault. AA Atlanta to Washington diverted to Charlotte - door open? Robinson rotorcraft crashed near KSNA. A series of go-arounds due to poor visibility at KSFO. Cessna Skyhawk NGE left runway on landing - damaged lights. Alaska flight returns to KSFO due to abnormal door indication. American Airlines flight diverted to Jacksonville threat level 1. Queensland police service Cessna technical problem.
Norwegian Air Shuttle diverted to Shannon after pilot has seizures. Singapore SQ Traffic on runway go around instruction. Aircraft scraped wing tip on runway at Santa Fe. Mesa CRJ9 near Dallas; smoke in cockpit leads to emergency landing.
Skywest received terrain warning on approach to Medford Airport. Smoke indication causes Envoy E to return to Toledo. Flybe Dash at Knock diverts to Belfast due to flaps issue. Delta and Delta with issues at JFK - etc.
Evergreen pilot makes light of double read back error. Redwoods axed at JFK. Warsaw Chopin lengthy closure after LOT landed without nose gear. Severe weather issues at Boston including a near runway incursion. Near runway incursion at KOMA?
Lufthansa LH diverts to Nice with medical emergency. Rose Bowl B-2 Flyover. Black Cat at JFK ;. Mostly heavy snow related Tower communications at Toronto. Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to L. Angeles Mayday diversion to Shannon. JetBlue Airbus skidded off icy taxiway after landng at Boston. Delta had to return to Atlanta today.
Delta DL73 - Medical emergency diversion to Gander. United Express UA emergency return to Huntsville - smell of fuel. Toronto - Main topic is Air Canada - Bird strike on takeoff. Delta Air Lines flight nearly landed on occupied taxiway.
AC56 Diversion to Shannon. More from the KFPR archive includes a near midair collision. DL diverts to BIL for a pit stop. From various Australian feeds. AZ Reported Fuel Contamination. Please, help me to find out what exactly they said. Spillage possibly hydraulic fluid from unidentified aircraft at KJFK. Passenger taken ill on Jet2 flight pronounced dead at Cork airport. Technical issue for an aircraft at Brisbane Airport. Delta B near Rochester NY - loss of cabin pressure.
UA diverted to Detroit after encountering severe turbulence. Shamrock 64H receives a lightning strike. Medical emergency diversion to Phoenix. Stressful session for San Carlos airport Tower controller. AA91 Diversion to Shannon. Accident occurred at San Carlos Airport. Hickory, NC airport hit with high winds, possible tornado. Air Canada radio issue while landing at SFO. Qantas flight to San Fransisco returned to Sydney due to autopilot fault.
Lingus A at Dublin - runway excursion during line up for takeoff. SouthWest flight from Chicago to Phoenix diverted to Omaha. Virgin Australia declares PAN after bird strike. Cessna B, NCR, force landed on a street and struck two vehicles. Storm Ophelia affecting operations at Dublin earlier today. Etihad B, cargo smoke indication leads to diversion to Adelaide.
SkyWest returns to Gate. AC Diversion to Goose Bay. Thomson Cancun to London Gatwick - double diversion. Air Force Two departure leads to significant disruption at Phoenix. Air France A engine desintegrates over the Atlantic. Delta Airlines MD88 in bird strike on approach to Newark.
Spirit medical diversion to Atlantic City. Smoke in cabin after landing. Cathay Pacific A near Adelaide engine failure. BA London to Tampa medical diversion to Halifax. Thomas Cook medical emergency. AA medical diversion to Dublin and bird strikes.
United Airlines Flight arriving at Dublin with medical emergency. Etihad Airways encounters severe turbulence after departure from Perth. Lingus A returns to Dublin with hydraulic failure. KCPR Tower asking an aircraft in the air if its getting dark during the eclipse. DL64 Rejected Takeoff in Atlanta. Evergreen with cargo problem. Cessna N off-airport landing. Trouper One Down in Charlottesville. United Heavy arriving at Newark with shattered pilot windshield. AA August 5th Was anyone able to find anything on Center???
EasyJet Airbus A issue with landing gear at Prague. United B diversion to Shannon - engine shut down in flight. Cessna landed with nose gear retracted at Napa California. WN from Dallas to Lubbock diverts due to hazardous weather. Pilot dies in small plane crash on El Monte runway. Qantas concerned about Hot Air Balloons. British Airways with starter motor problem. Delta A at Atlanta , tail strike on landing.
Cessna D Skyhawk, NU: Accident occurred at Cape Coral. Interesting conversation between GA pilot and App Ctl over late arrival. Severe weather at KATL Incidents at Toronto including Republic E runway incursion. Cessna crash near John Wayne Airport. BMS engine failure after takeoff. Cessna NEK on takeoff, went off the runway and struck a light.
DL emergency landing at TRI. Norwegian B over Atlantic - engine shut down in flight. Envoy E emergency diversion to Kansas City. China Eastern A at Sydney - engine shut down in flight.
Light aircraft on wrong heading frustrates ATC. American B near Shannon - cabin pressure control issues. AutoGyro Cavalo near Spirit of St. Father and son killed in crash. Air China terrain alert at Hong Kong. Bird strike and engine fire reported at KORD. Three people killed in plane crash in South Australia. Alaska B near Kansas City, electrical burning odour in lavatory. Air Europa B cracked windshield departing Miami.
Cathay B, Swiss A near miss with drone. Possible fuel leak reported. Mesa E at Louisville, hydraulic failure, tyres burst on landing. Fatal Learjet crash near Teterboro Airport. Austrian OS65 medical diversion to Shannon. Air Canada AC medical emergency diversion to Shannon. What did he say? Delta Airlines Airbus in medical diversion to Shannon. Helicopter crash near Santa Barbara injures 3. Southwest B lands at Kansas City with flaps problem. Cargo Carriers SH33 at Charleston, wing tip strike on landing 2 crew die.
Fire in cargo diversion for Skywest flight Cessna went off end of Baltimore runway and struck the threshold lights. JetBlue JFK go around recording? Changes at Toronto lead to some confusion on 27 April. Air Mauritius flight returns to Melbourne due to smoke indication. Cessna blown nose tyre on hard landing. British Airways with hydraulic problem. American A at Las Vegas on 23 April: Alitalia A at Amsterdam on 15 Apr rejected takeoff due to bird strike.
Jet Airways B at Amsterdam on Apr 21st , suspected tailstrike. Surinam A returns to Amsterdam twice on 19 Apr due to flaps problem. American Eagle Embraer E runway incursion at Toronto. Missed approaches in poor visibility at Houston on 15 April. Was it Wake Turbulence? Ansett A crew query Air NZ crew on non-functioning tail light.
Southwest B at Baltimore on Mar 29, left main gear smoking a little bit. Qantas unsafe gear warning. Cessna engine out, Dallas, lands on tollway service road. A few more from the archives. Found in the KLAL archives. Mooney M20K , NG: Lands in a field near KBTR after engine failure. Possible pilot deviation at Atlanta on 23 March. American Airlines co-pilot dies during landing in New Mexico. Air Canada flight from Montreal shuts down engine after take off on 25 March.
Citation Jet down in Atlanta Neighborhood. Ansett Australia engine failure. Evergreen with split flap condition. Polar Air Cargo crew have some difficulty understanding an unusual clearance. Irish CG helicopter Rescue crashed on 14 Mar with the loss of 4 full.
Lufthansa medical diversion to Dublin on 13 March. Crash of Rescue S92 of west coast of Ireland during a rescue mission. Jet Airways B diverts to Shannon on 8 March with suspected fuel leak. Allegiant Air flight aborts takeoff at St. United fuel leak - divert to Reno. American B at Austin on Feb 17th , odour in cabin. Air Canada flight medical emergency diversion to Shannon on 23 Feb. ATC get a little upset with Air Nippon crew. Tower controller gets honest with survey pilot at KSNA.
Quad City Challenger II: Westjet B at Calgary on 2 Feb; fumes and smoke in cockpit and cabin. Pan Pan at YUL. Plane lands gear up at Pensacola International Airport. Kendell Airlines regional jet declares Pan. United Airbus A near Tulsa on 1 Feb; engine shut down in flight.
United Boeing near Shannon on Jan 20th , captain incapacitated. Jazz Dash 8 at Sault Ste Marie landed on runway occupied by vehicles. Diversion from Gothenburg to Stockholm due to problem with de-icing equipment.
American Airlines A 2 engine injested a large bird. MK MK Followup discute. More time on Tarmac Than Flying. Forced landing off Arlington Airport on 30 December. Heard on a Denver Centre feed. Polar Air Cargo with temperamental horses on board. B diverted to PRG due to bomb threat.
Fourth medical diversion to Shannon over the Christmas period. Miscellany from Bucharest and Penang. Blue Air Boeing returns to Bucharest today due to medical emergency. Cessna Commuter, NEC: Dec 19, in Palm Bay, FL. Aer Lingus A near Cork on Dec 13 - problem with navigation system. American Airbus A diverts to Phoenix on Dec 12 due to hydraulic leak. Fatal crash near Fargo on 1 December. Solo student pilot safely lands aircraft with missing gear at Archerfield AUS.
Go2Sky Boeing at Kristiansand on Nov 4th , "racing start". Take off aborted at KDAB due to multiple bird strikes. Saudia SV Mayday - diversion to Karachi. Heard in the Brussels and Amsterdam archives. Succession of wind related go arounds, involving several aircraft, at EHAM. Canada Airbus at Vancouver on Nov 18, rejected takeoff due to control problem. Where can I find this ATC recording?
Survey Flight at Potomac on 10 November. QTR divert to Zurich with smoke in cockpit Miscellanies collated from various dates and feeds. Shamrock returns to Shannon due to medical emergency on 10 Nov. Accident on Nov 9 at Ormond Beach, Florida. KLRD small aircraft landed with only two wheels. Piper Aerostar with unsafe gear warning on approach to Moorabbin Airport. BF receives advice of a disabled aircraft blocking the runway in Brisbane. Canforce 01 returns to Ottawa due to flaps issue.
Pence campaign plane slides off runway at LGA. Skyfox Gazelle ultra light aircraft with voltage loss. Cessna H Skyhawk taxiing incident at Greensboro on 20 Oct. Ilyushin IL requests landing gear check on approach to Melbourne, Australia. A Sterna nose collapse gear in Recife Brazil. San Francisco's new Control Tower and the first radio transmission! UA 51 Oct 13th, - cracked windshield suspect overweight return? Ansett Australia A pilot requests flyby of home. Tarom RO to Amsterdam returns to Bucharest this morning.
Saint-Hubert Tower Controllers having difficulties communicating. Miscellany from Reno includes a pilot being reprimanded for taxiing on a road. Cessna emergency over Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Air Force One into Canberra, Australia. Miscellany from Dublin including a passenger medical emergency. Skyhawk Crash at Spirit of St.
Cessna wing catches fire, crashes into home; no fatalities. Weather diversion for United Flight on 10 September. Fatal helicopter crash near Melbourne Airport, Florida. Stobart AT72 near Cork on Aug 24th: United B over Atlantic on 31 August - turbulance injures Miami App-Dep lost Power. Reid-Hillview Airport incident on 10 August. Helicopter crash at KOSH. Aerostar P on takeoff roll strikes a runway light.
Aircraft with electrical problem lands gear up at Bismarck Municipal Airport. Azores A returns to Lajes on Jul 15th due to bird strike. RTO, blown tire, lost hydraulic fluid at Houston Delta MD90 near Tulsa on Jul 9th, contaminated cabin air injures 9 passenge.
American B near Shannon on Jun 16th , battery discharge issues. KORD - Check for stuck mic, please. No, you first, my dear Gaston! Terror attack at Atatürk Airport. Omni B has to return to Shannon on 26 June - pitot issue. Lil Wayne Rapper in medical emergencies at Omaha on 13 June. Allegiant A returns to Saint Petersburg on 2 June due to hydraulic failure. Delta Blown Tire. Ryanair B at Dublin on Jun 3, rejected takeoff due to flight operations issue.
Ryanair B near Dublin on 30 May, flaps fault forces flaps up landing. Iberia A at Orly on May 27, rejected takeoff due to slow engine acceleration. RTO, fire, air cart start, misc ground movements.
United B returns to Shannon on May 27 with engine problem. Compass E at Denver on May 20th Fatal Crash near Henderson, NV. Fatal Crash at Tupelo on 16 May.
Jetstar A at Melbourne on May 11th , tail strike on takeoff AA large bird strike on departure from Phoenix. Rejected takeoff and go-around because of a drone. Southwest Boeing near San Jose on May 9th , smoke in cockpit.
United bird strike during climb out of KSAN. American Boeing at Washington on May 7th , flaps problem. Navaids Calibration flights around the world. Delta Boeing near Shannon on May 4th - problem with exterior light. Aeromexico AM diverts Houston, 88 old man dies on board. Southwest Boeing at Islip on Apr 29th: Allegiant A engine failure during go around at low height.
Plane crash at KPMP today. Jet Blue flight makes emergency landing in Wilmington. Ryanair medical emergency at Dublin on 16 April. Allegiant low down bird strike at Quad City. Sun 'n Fun - a flat on touchdown. Delta B at Atlanta on Apr 8th, hydraulic problems extended version. Cathay Pacific CX electric odout in the cockpit. The list of controllers this controller is not.
Delta B at Atlanta on Apr 8th , hydraulic problems; and a little extra. Myrtle Beach Incident 19 March. KIAD strong winds landing; pilot not realizing he's on radio while cursing.
Three drones on final at EHAM trimmed version. Three drones on final at EHAM. Fedex Airbus A returns to Vancouver on 23 Mar, electrical problems. Angry pilot blames on LAX and gets angry Fatal small plane accident at Yeager Airport, Charleston on 26 March. American Flight diverts to Boston on 18 March.
Bonanza emergency landing on I25 frontage road. Help finding a clip. American A near Des Moines on Mar 18th , electrical odour on board. FlyDubai B crash at Rostov Russia. Double Triple-7 fuel dump over Ireland. Allegiant Airbus A at Baltimore on Mar 13th - brakes indication. Citation Jet Spots Smoking Ship. B at EHAM hyrdraulic leak and smoking gear Tampa ATC on Mar 13th United Boeing at Houston on Mar 6th , bird strike. FBI Allegation that Flight attendant lit fire on plane in order to find it.
Martinair MD11 at Amsterdam on Mar 3rd , bird strike. Last Flight of the NU - Dublin Departure gets it wrong.