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Reno air race_crash1


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Reno air race_crash1

  1. 1. Reno Air Race CrashOf AP-51 Thunder Mustang
  2. 2. There were several mishaps requiring emergency landings. Most of them wererelatively uneventful. However one, the last one, was heart-stopping. Thankfullythe pilot came out of it without any really serious injuries. Here, from a variety ofsources are some photos. Since they are from a variety of sources, they are not inexact sequential order.
  3. 3. First, this Thunder Mustang had its engine stop. A Thunder Mustang is a custom-builtreplica of the P-51 and is about 2/3 the size of the real one. This one had a V-12engine, and was no slouch in the speed department. It was built entirely of carbon fiber.
  4. 4. An Air Force fighter pilot and a very experienced R/C model flyer, knew thatthis pilot was in trouble when he attempted a landing on the original runwayin lieu of two emergency strips.So he started taking a series of shots, shown below.
  5. 5. The plane touched down short of a complete turn onto the intendedrunway and hit the short taxiway between the two runways, headingstraight for a group of planes parked on another taxiway andincluding the Canadian Snow Birds.
  6. 6. He hit a high spot on the grass, and the extreme cross wind (right to left)brought him airborne again and caused a cartwheel.
  7. 7. The right wing tiptouched the ground,starting the cartwheel.
  8. 8. Note the apparent fuel escapingfrom the left wing tank
  9. 9. The engine and cowling break off asthe cartwheel continues.
  10. 10. Now the tail comes off.
  11. 11. Notice the pilot in this shot. Hes now in the veryfront of the plane with nothing in front of him buthis seat belt. See his shoes.
  12. 12. Crash trucks got to the wreck almost before the dust settled.
  13. 13. Thankfully this pilot lives to fly again, although in hisown words he may never race again.