Warbird Alley: Vintage Military Aircraft

 


MENU:

  * Aircraft
  * Maintenance / Restoration
  * Organizations
  * Museums
  * Major Airshows
  * Warbird News
  * Fly a Warbird
  * Warbird Books
 
* Pilot Resources
  * Miscellaneous Links
  * Warbird Alley Products


[Warbird Alley Main Index]


 


 


 


Submit all news items to:
editor@warbirdalley.com


Visit our affiliates:

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



© 2014 The Doublestar Group
 

 

Warbird Alley's
Warbird News

Here's the latest news from the warbird aircraft community.

We update this page regularly. Items are moved to the
News Archive after approximately fourteen months.

Today's Date:

[Click the newspaper to jump to the latest news.]

Controls:
[ Jump to Latest Month ]

[ News Archive ]
Got News?
If you have warbird-related news, we want to hear from you!
editor@warbirdalley.com

May 2013:

  • 5 May: A Hispano Aviacion HA-200D Saeta jet, EC-DXR (c/n 20-56), crashed into a hangar during an airshow near Madrid, Spain. The 34-year old pilot died at the hospital, and several people at the scene were reported to be injured. The aircraft appeared to perform a slow-speed wingover-type maneuver, and did not recover before ground impact.

June 2013:

  • 10 June: The remains of a Dornier Do.17 bomber were recovered from the English Channel in one of Britain's most expensive and challenging retrieval operations. The aircraft is reported as being in "remarkable condition," and the plan is to eventually display it the Royal Air Force Museum in London. The aircraft was shot down in 1940 by a pair of RAF Boulton-Paul Defiant fighters, and came to rest in 50 feet of water. [News article, with photos and video>>]

  • 13 June: Two Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros jets collided during a practice race at Reno, Nevada, USA. Both aircraft landed. One of the aircraft involved, L-39 N8124N (Race # 777), suffered the loss of approximately half of its vertical stabilizer and the pilot made a successful gear-up landing. The other involved aircraft, N2399V (Race # 99, "Miss Mona"), landed safely. The practice race was being flown in conjunction with the annual Pylon Racing Seminar, held to train new and prospective Reno racing pilots. [News and photo>>]

  • 22 June: A 1941 Boeing 1B75A Stearman 450, N450JW, crashed during an airshow performance in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Both performers perished after the aircraft appeared to stall while inverted at low altitude during a wing-walking act. [Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker will be missed. Our condolences to the family and friends of these two great performers. -Ed.]

  • 22 June: The Military Aviation Museum, Jerry Yagen's large collection of warbirds and vintage aircraft in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, is reportedly for sale. [Museum link>>]

  • 23 June: A Nanchang CJ-6, N2726C, crashed in a field near Wolcott, Colorado, USA. Both the owner/pilot and passenger were killed. The exact circumstances of the accident are not known.

  • 23 June: A 1955 Beechcraft T-34/A45 Mentor, N434M, crashed after an apparent engine failure near Boulder City, Nevada, USA. Both occupants were killed. Both were active-duty National Guard members, although they were not flying in a military capacity at the time.

  • 25 June: Ian Cotton, a Canadian businessman, is selling his British Aerospace FA2 Sea Harrier VTOL jet on eBay. The aircraft is largely complete but not airworthy, and the starting bid is $500,000 USD, with a "Buy It Now" price of $1.5m.

  • 25 June: The Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon announced that they will be acquiring two new airplanes: "Chuckie," the well-known Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and a Flug Werke/Focke-Wulf Fw-190A-8N replica -- both of which were, until recently, operated by Jerry Yagen's Military Air Museum. The B-17 will be making the long flight from Virginia to Oregon this weekend, weather permitting, with the -190 following shortly. [Tillamook Air Museum link>>]

  • 27 June: A Fouga CM-170 Magister, F-GLHF (c/n 406), operated by the Dutch Historic Jet Association, suffered the collapse of its landing gear upon landing at Lelystad, Netherlands. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

  • 29 June: A Hiller UH-12A / OH-23 Raven helicopter, N6331D (c/n 213), crashed into a residential yard while maneuvering to land on a trailer. The pilot sustained unknown injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

  • 30 June: A Nanchang CJ-6A, N116RL, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 yards (460m) offshore near Ocean City, Maryland, USA. The pilot and passenger, both of whom were Ocean City police officers, were killed. Their bodies were later recovered by divers.


Photo courtesy AP

 July 2013:

  • 11 July: A Boeing A75N1 Stearman (PT-17 Kaydet), N62465 (s/n 75-3096), ended up on its back while taxiing at Canby, Oregon, USA. Both occupants escaped injury, and the plane suffered relatively minor, repairable damage. The aircraft had recently been restored.

  • 16 July: A 1965 Bell UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter, N775AR (s/n 65-10067), crashed during a seismographic survey flight near Dove Creek, Colorado, USA. The pilot was killed.

  • 17 July: A Boeing A75N-1 Stearman biplane, N5815V (s/n 75-7616), crashed during landing approach at Woodruff, South Carolina, USA after hitting a tree. The plane was heavily damaged, but the occupants suffered only minor injuries.

  • 29 July: A 1963 Folland Gnat T.1, N18GT (XS105), crashed after the pilot attempted to perform an aileron roll following a low pass of the runway in Georgetown, South Carolina, USA. The pilot was killed.

August 2013:

  • 8 August: A 1950 Grumman HU-16 Albatross, N44HQ (c/n G-99), sustained minor damage after striking a rock while taking off from Lake Mead, Nevada, USA.

  • 9 August: The world's last airworthy Fairey Gannet T5, N752XT (ex-XT752) has made its first post-restoration flight at New Richmond, Wisconsin, USA. [Website>>]

  • 17 August: A 1943 Interstate S-1B1 / L-6 Cadet, N46336, suffered the collapse of its landing gear on takeoff from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. The pilot was not injured.

  • 18 August: A Messerschmitt Bf.109G-4, D-FWME ("Red 7"), made a wheels-up emergency landing in a field near Copenhagen, Denmark, after an engine failure during an airshow. The pilot was not injured. [Video of the incident>>]

  • 19 August: A 1943 Douglas DC-3 / C-47A Dakota, C-GWIR (s/n 42-32509) operated by Buffalo Airways, made a hard landing after an engine fire. The aircraft has just taken off when flames were seen coming from the right engine, prompting an immediate return to the airport. The aircraft clipped some trees and landed in a ditch short of the runway. None of the 24 people on board were injured.

  • 24 August: A Chance-Vought / Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, N773RD (Bu No. 92471) ("Marine's Dream"), suffered a prop strike after briefly nosing-over on landing at Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania, USA. The incident has been blamed on the wheel brakes locking up.

  • 31 August: A Cessna L-19E / Model 305 Birddog, N862, flipped onto its back while landing in Paris, Texas, USA. The pilot was not injured.

September 2013:

  • 2 September: A 1944 Cessna UC-78/T-50 Bobcat ("Bamboo Bomber"), N41759, crashed in poor weather near Kingsley, Pennsylvania, USA, killing the owner/pilots, a husband and wife who were returning home from a fly-in. The aircraft was missing for six days before the wreckage was located.

  • 7 September: A 1974 BAC Jet Provost Mk.5A, N78SH, went off the end of the runway during its landing roll at Broomfield, Colorado, USA. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

  • 10 September: A Boeing PT-27 Stearman, C-GKUE (FJ875), landed hard next to the runway shortly after takeoff in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada for unknown reasons. The pilot and passenger both received minor injuries.

  • 13 September: A Yakovlev Yak-3UM, F-AZZV, went off the end of a runway in Dijon, France during its landing roll. The aircraft suffered the collapse of its landing gear, but neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured.

  • 17 September: Notorious felon and aviation misfit David Riggs was killed in a non-warbird aircraft accident near Shenyang, China. He was apparently practicing for an upcoming airshow by performing a "water-skiing" stunt with his homebuilt Lancair 320 when the plane struck the water and broke up. Unfortunately, the accident also claimed the life of an 18-year old female translator, who was riding in the aircraft. Riggs' body was recovered several days after the accident. [Editor's note: Among other misadventures, Riggs was the pilot who buzzed the Santa Monica Pier with an L-39 jet in 2008, leading to the suspension of his pilot's certificate. His certificate was later suspended a second time for operating an "adventure-flight business" using L-39s, an endeavor that resulted in a fatal accident. He was also the director of an aerial movie shoot that resulted in yet another fatal L-39 accident.] [News report>>]

  • 22 September: A 1940 deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, N9410 (s/n DE941), lost power and the pilot made a forced landing into some trees during an airshow at Old Rhinebeck, New York, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but the pilot was not injured.

  • 23 September: A deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, DH-RAY (s/n 3787), flipped on its back upon landing at a private airstrip near Woolgoolga, South Australia. The pilot was not injured.

October 2013:

  • 4 October: A Grumman / Marsh S-2T Turbo Tracker, N437DF ("Tanker 73"), operated as a firebomber by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire), made a hard landing at its base in Hemet, California, USA, suffering unknown damage and spilling fire retardant on the runway. The pilot was not injured. [News article and photos>>]

  • 11 October: A 1943 Bell P-63F King Cobra, N6763, operated by the Commemorative Air Force, made a gear-up forced landing on a small grass airport near Midland, Texas, USA. The engine reportedly failed due to fuel starvation due to a faulty fuel selector. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft suffered substantial damage.

  • 23 October: A North American TF-51D Mustang, N4151D (s/n 44-73458, "Galveston Gal") operated by the Lone Star Flight Museum, crashed into the water between Galveston Bay and Chocolate Bay near Freeport, Texas, USA, killing both occupants. The passenger was a tourist from the UK who was taking a ride in the aircraft.

  • 24 October: A Yakovlev Yak-18T, ZU-FLE, crashed after takeoff in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The pilot was killed.

  • 30 October: A 2004 Aerostar/Yakovlev Yak-52TW, N652Y (c/n 0412510), struck power lines during a forced landing in a field near Milledgeville, Georgia, USA. The pilot was not injured. Damage to the aircraft is not known.

November 2013:

  • 1 November: A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 UM, N20739 (c/n 4171), went off the end of the runway and into a rough gulch at Reno-Stead Airport in Reno, Nevada, USA after losing its brakes on landing. The pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

  • 1 November: Organizers of one of the major warbird airshows in the USA have announced that the 2014 Indianapolis (Indiana) Air Show will be their last one. The organizing committee cites "current circumstances" as the reason for the cancelation. The final show will be held 13-14 June 2014.

  • 1 November: A 1973 Beechcraft T-34C (converted T-34B) Turbo Mentor, N190AC, suffered the collapse of its landing gear on landing in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured.

  • 18 November: A 1960 Piaggio/Focke-Wulf FWP.149D, N132FW, crashed in a wooded area near Kenansville, North Carolina, USA, killing the pilot.

  • 21 November: An airport owner was arrested in North Carolina, USA on Federal charges after he was hired in 2011 by an air museum to perform maintenance work on a Curtiss C-46F Commando and fly it as "second in command" to several different locations. An FAA Inspector discovered that Paul Douglas Tharp possessed neither Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic ratings nor a Multi-Engine pilot rating. Tharp allegedly used another man's A&P certificate number as his own, and flew the aircraft on several occasions, including to and from an airshow.

  • 22 November: The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced that their membership approved a proposal to build a National Airbase that will become the organization's headquarters. Final site selection will take place within the first six months of 2014. The six finalist sites are all in Texas. [More details>>]

  • 25 November: A 1953 Douglas C-118A/R6D Liftmaster, N100CE (s/n 53-3291), operated by a cargo company, experienced a load-shift during takeoff from Alpine, Alaska, USA, and suffered substantial damage. The aircraft safely returned for landing.

December 2013:

  • 3 December: After filming a WWII-themed movie entitled Fury, well-known actor Brad Pitt is reported to have purchased a Supermarine Spitfire of his very own, following in the footsteps of such Hollywood luminaries as Tom Cruise, who owns and flies a North American P-51 Mustang. [More details>>]

  • 6 December: A Curtiss C-46 Commando, operated by Buffalo Airways, suffered an engine fire while taxiing for takeoff at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. None of the crew were injured, and the fire was quickly extinguished by ground responders. [News article>>]

  • 16 December: A 1940 deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth biplane, VH-TSG, crashed into the sea near Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. Rescuers discovered wreckage and fuel in the water. The aircraft was registered to a local aerial sightseeing company. The bodies of the pilot and passenger were recovered by dive crews. [More details>>]

  • 17 December: A 1957 Cessna L-19 / O-1E Birddog, N83CN, ground-looped upon landing at Hondo, Texas, USA. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, but the aircraft sustained significant damage.

January 2014:

  • 9 January: Supermarine Spitfire MkXVIIIe G-BUOS (XM845) is back in the air. The aircraft made a successful post-restoration flight at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK. The aircraft was involved in a fatal accident in Norway in August 2010 [2010 News Archive>>]

  • 14 January: South Africa's Thunder City owner Mike Beachy Head made the first flight in five years of his rare English Electric Lightning T.5, ZU-BBD (XS452). It is the only Lightning in airworthy condition. [Video>>]

February 2014:

  • 18 February: A 1953 Hawker Sea Fury FB.10, N13HP (c/n 37536), crashed under unknown circumstances in a heavily-wooded area near Breckenridge, Texas, USA. Owner/pilot Ray Hofman was killed.

  • 22 February: A 1958 Beechcraft T-34 / A-45 Mentor, N666 (c/n GM141), lost engine power just after takeoff from Hollister, California, USA, and made a rough forced landing on vacant land adjacent to the airport. The pilot was injured and "life-flighted" to the hospital. The airplane was substantially damaged. [Editor's note: Can we finally retire this N-number now?]

  • 25 February: A 1954 Douglas C-118A Liftmaster, N351CE (c/n 44599), operated by a cargo company, encountered severe turbulence near Emmonak, Alaska, USA, resulting in damage to its wing. The aircraft landed safely. No one onboard was injured.

March 2014:

  • 4 March: The Fantasy of Flight Attraction/Museum in Polk City, Florida, USA has announced it will be closing as a public attraction on 6 April 2014. Owner Kermit Weeks announced he will continue to operate the center as an events-only facility, and continue to restore and maintain historic aircraft. [More details>>]

  • 7 March: Noted warbird owner and airshow pilot Ed Bowlin passed away at age 79 after an illness. Ed and his wife Connie have worked tirelessly for many years to support the U.S. warbird community in many ways. [Ed's "Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame" citation>>]

  • 17 March: A 1945 Grumman TBM-3 Avenger, N53503 (Bu.No. 53503), operated by the Rocky Mountain Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, suffered a collapse of its left main landing gear while taxiing at Glendale, Arizona, USA. The aircraft's engine and propeller were damaged, as was some sheet metal on the fuselage and wing. A fundraiser has begun to get the aircraft back in the air. [Donate here>>]

  • 23 March: A 1951 Cessna O-1A / L-19 Birddog, N211PP (c/n 22956), lost engine power after picking up an advertising banner in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. The airplane ditched into nearby Tampa Bay. The pilot was not injured.

  • 24 March: A 1943 Stinson L-5 Sentinel, N63777 (s/n 42-98626), operated by the Commemorative Air Force, suffered a propeller strike during landing near Amarillo, Texas, USA. Neither occupant was injured.

  • 25 March: A 1940 Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N59154 (s/n 75-402), struck a parked aircraft during taxi at Shafter, California, USA.

  • 27 March: A 1943 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N47964 (s/n 75-7540), ground-looped on landing in Mesa, Arizona, USA, striking taxiway lights. The pilot was not injured.

April 2014:

  • 11 April: Despite many months of mediation and negotiations, the Fort Vancouver National Trust and the National Park Service failed to come to an agreement that would have allowed the historic Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington, USA to resume operation. The Trust plans to continue its operations in various ways in the local area, but not as a resident in the museum buildings.

  • 19 April: A Nanchang CJ-6A, N594T (c/n 4032008), crashed while attempting an emergency landing in a field near Lennon, Michigan, USA. Both the pilot and passenger were killed. Witnesses reported hearing the engine sputtering prior to the crash.

  • 27 April: A modified 1957 Hawker Sea Fury T. Mk 20, NX20SF / VZ368 (Race #8, "Dreadnaught") collided with a Cessna 210 over the northern part of San Francisco Bay while the two aircraft were returning home to Ione, California, USA after a fly-in event at Half Moon Bay. The Cessna crashed into the water and its pilot was killed. The Sea Fury managed to continue, and the pilot and his passenger landed safely at their home base 40 minutes later. Dreadnaught and its owners are well-known in the U.S. air racing community. [More details>>].

  • 29 April: The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced that it will be moving its corporate offices to Dallas, Texas and, more significantly, establishing a National Airbase at the Dallas Executive Airport. It is hoped that the new location, close to a major metropolitan area, will provide greater public attendance and more opportunities to build a world-class attraction. The move is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. [Full story>>]

May 2014:

  • 4 May: Long-time airshow performer and warbird owner Eddie Andreini, Sr. perished during an airshow performance at Travis Air Force Base, California, USA. While performing an inverted ribbon-cut maneuver in his 450-hp 1944 Boeing PT-13D Super Stearman, N68828, the aircraft touched the ground and slid to a stop. Unfortunately, a fire broke out, consuming the aircraft. Andreini's other airshow mounts included a Yakovlev Yak-9U and a North American P-51 Mustang. [Editor's note: We offer our sincere condolences to Eddie's family, friends, and associates.]

  • 9 May: A 1943 North American AT-6C Texan, N164EW, crashed in a partially-wooded area near Roxbury, New York, USA. The owner/pilot was injured, but is expected to make a complete recovery. [Editor's Note: Our very best wishes to Jim, the pilot, who is a friend of ours.] [Side Note: A Roxbury, NY newspaper became the center of a social-media firestorm in the 24 hours following this accident, when they published a graphic photo of the blood-streaked side of the aircraft in their online coverage. Public opinion finally got them to remove the photo, but for many people, what has been seen cannot be unseen. We feel this is a perfect example of why the media is rarely perceived as a friend to aviation, especially when bad things happen.] [Watershed Post coverage, without the offending photo>>]

  • 15 May: A 1941 North American AT-6C Harvard IIA, F-AZQR (c/n 88-12326), landing gear-up in a freshly-planted sunflower field near Pérignac, France, after an apparent engine failure. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft appeared to have suffered only minor damage.

  • 16 May: A 1945 Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair, N713JT (Bu.No. 97143, "Korean War Hero") came to rest inverted in the grass next to the runway at Peachtree, Georgia, USA, after departing the side of the runway during a crosswind landing. Pilot Jim Tobul is reported to be relatively uninjured. Plans are already underway to repair the aircraft.

  • 22 May: A 1945 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IX, G-PMNF (TA805), departed the paved surface of the runway during landing at Biggin Hill, UK, tipping up on its nose and damaging the propeller (and, presumably, the engine). The pilot was not injured.

  • 26 May: A 1943 Meyers OTW-160 biplane (identity unknown, but believed to be N34341, s/n 86), went off the end of the runway in Tehachapi, California, USA, ending up on its nose. Neither occupant was injured.

June 2014:

  • 1 June: A 1968 SIAI-Marchetti/Aermacchi F.260, N7895 (c/n 123), landed in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA with the nose landing gear only partially extended, leading to substantial damage. The pilot was not injured.

  • 3 June: A 1943 Boeing PT-17/A75N1 Stearman, N505V, ground-looped after landing in McCall, Idaho, USA. The pilot was not injured.

  • 4 June: A North American AT-6C Texan, N13372 (c/n 88-13372), crashed in a wooded area near South Prairie, Washington, USA. Both pilots were killed. Witnesses reported that the engine was "sputtering" before the accident.

  • 8 June: A 1941 Boeing A75N Stearman, N26M (s/n 75-1925), operated by an air museum, went off the runway during landing at Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, but the aircraft sustained some damage to its landing gear and right wing.

  • 15 June: A 1961 Lockheed SP-2H Neptune firebomber, N4692A (Tanker 48), was forced to land with its nose landing gear not locked in the "down" position at Fresno, California., USA. Despite putting out a dramatic shower of sparks as its nose touched down on the runway, the aircraft was not believed to seriously damaged.

  • 16 June: A Saab 91B Safir, ZU-BSG (c/n 91-289), crashed short of the runway while landing at Krugersdorp, South Africa. The condition of the pilot is not known at this time.

  • 16 June: An ultra-rare warbird has once again taken to the skies for the first time in 48 years! A 1947 deHavilland B.35 Mosquito, CF-HML (s/n VR796), made its first post-restoration flight at Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. The pilot was Steve Hinton. The aircraft will soon be based in Vancouver, BC. There are now two airworthy Mosquitos in the world.

  • 17 June: A 1944 Grumman JRF-5/G-21A Goose, N888GG (s/n B70) crashed into the parking lot of a ski area near Connor, Montana, USA. The pilot was killed. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft in a flat spin, descending out of a snowstorm. [Local news report>>]

  • 29 June: A 1950 deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, VH-UPD (s/n H-F102), crashed while performing aerobatic maneuvers near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The pilot was reported to be seriously injured. The passenger had minor injuries.

July 2014:

  • 4 July: A 1944 North American P-51D Mustang, N1451D (s/n 44-74446) ("Checkertail Clan"), crashed shortly after takeoff near Durango, Colorado, USA. Both the owner/pilot and his flight instructor were killed.

  • 17 July: A Boeing E75 Stearman, N53546 (c/n 75-8649), ground-looped and flipped over while landing in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA. The pilot was not injured.

  • 19 July: A North American AT-6 Texan, N39313 (c/n 91074), flipped over after hitting a rock while landing in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. The pilot was not injured.
     

Facebook Users: Like this News Page.
 



Got news?
Please help us spread the word by sending an e-mail to:
editor@warbirdalley.com

Thank you for your interest, and for helping us
to make this a valuable resource.

Note: Warbird Alley makes every effort to verify and substantiate all news stories presented here. We make no claims as to the ultimate validity of any entry, and we deny liability for claims arising from inaccuracies or omissions.

© 2014 The Doublestar Group
All Rights Reserved

Warbird Alley Logo