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
(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.
18 November: A 1960
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
25 November: A
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.
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
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
16 December: A
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
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
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
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>>]
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.
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
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
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
25 March: A 1940
Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N59154
(s/n 75-402), struck a parked aircraft during taxi at Shafter,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
1 June: A 1968
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.
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
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
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.
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), ended up on its nose after landing in
Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Neither person on board were injured.
25 July: A
Yakovlev Yak-52, N333YK,
suffered an engine fire after landing at Islip, New York, USA. The pilot
was not injured.
26 July: A 1942
Ryan ST3KR, N59418 (c/n 2168)
crashed into wooded terrain near Newnan, Georgia, USA, after allegedly
suffering some kind of mechanical trouble. The pilot and passenger were
seriously injured, and the aircraft was substantially damaged.
26 July: A 1974
Hiller UH-12E Raven helicopter, N107HA, lost power and flipped over
on landing in Anson County, North Carolina, USA. The pilot was not
injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.
31 July: A 1948
Hawker Sea Fury T.20, G-RNHF
(c/n ES3615), operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight, suffered the
partial collapse of its landing gear during landing at RNAS Culrose,
Helston, Cornwall, UK. The aircraft was damaged, but the pilot walked
away uninjured. The aircraft's landing gear was observed to extend
extremely late, only a second or two before touchdown. Other aspects of
the incident are still under investigation. [Video>>]
16 August: A 1958
North American SNJ-6 Texan, N211A
(c/n 121-42318), ground-looped upon landing
in Readington, New Jersey, USA. Damage to the aircraft is unknown.
16 August: A
Boeing A75 Stearman, N719BL, was
slightly damaged after suffering a ground-loop during landing in
Seattle, Washington, USA. The pilot was not injured.
20 August: The crew of a
1943 Douglas C-54 Skymaster,
N9015Q (c/n 43-22178), operated by Island Air Transport, was unable to
extend the nose landing gear of their aircraft. They made a successful
landing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA with the nose gear retracted.
23 August: A 1941
deHavilland DH.82C Tiger Moth, C-GMFT (c/n C1178), crashed into
trees after takeoff in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, slightly
injuring both occupants.
25 August: A
Hiller UH-12E Raven, N4035A, operated by the Cape May County
Mosquito Control Commission, crash-landed near a soccer field in Middle
Township, New Jersey, USA after suffering a mechanical failure. The
passenger suffered non life threatening injures. The pilot was not
29 August: A
North American Harvard Mk.4
(registration unknown) departed the edge of the runway after suffering
the collapse of its landing gear while landing in Toronto, Canada. The
pilot and passenger were not injured.
6 September: A 1970
SIAI Marchetti SF.260B, N800RH
(c/n 11-02), suffered an engine failure and made a forced landing near
Osterberg, Germany. The aircraft came to rest upside down, and both
occupants sustained minor injuries.
6 September: A 1951
Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, N212KY, lost
power and ditched into the ocean off Miami Beach, Florida, USA, while
towing an advertising banner. The pilot was rescued by jetskiers.
14 September: A
Boeing PT-17 Stearman, TG-JEN,
crashed into the surf while performing low-altitude aerobatics over the
beach south of Escuintla, Guatemala. The pilot survived and allegedly
walked out of the wreck under his own power. [Video
of the accident >>]
17 September: A 2002
N916BM, landed with one of its landing gear not fully extended in Pubelo,
Colorado, USA. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft's propeller made
contact with the runway.
19 September: A 1954
North American T-28C Trojan,
N531KG (c/n 226-108), crashed while performing aerobatics over the
Virginia International Raceway near Alton, Virginia, USA. Both the pilot
and passenger (his mother) were killed.
7 October: A
Marsh/Grumman S-2F / S-2T Turbo Tracker,
N449DF (Tanker 81), operated by the California Department of
Forestry, crashed while fighting a forest fire in the Yosemite National
Forest, California, USA. The sole pilot was killed. [Details>>]
8 October: A
Focke-Wulf Fw 190-A8, N4190
(c/n173056), ended up on its nose after landing in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, USA. The pilot was not injured.
23 September: A 1946
North American T-6G Texan, N22NA
(c/n 168-326), suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff and make
a forced landing near the runway in Naples, Florida, USA. The landing
gear collapsed and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [Details>>]
29 October: A 1941
Curtiss-Wright P-40B Warhawk,
N284CF (c/n 16073), ground-looped during landing at New Smyrna Beach,
Florida, USA. The aircraft departed the side of the runway and the
landing gear collapsed. The pilot was not injured.
30 October: A 1959
Hawker Hunter Mk.58, N332AX
(ex-C-BWKB), operated by a defense contractor, crashed on approach to
Naval Air Station Point Mugu, near Oxnard, California, USA. The pilot
was killed. [News
8 November: A 1968
Nanchang CJ-6A, N6315T (c/n
2332045), suffered the collapse of its nose gear on landing in Lakeland,
Florida, USA. The pilot was not injured.
9 November: A 1943
deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth,
VH-IVN, ended up on its nose after landing at McKay, Queensland,
Australia. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.
13 November: Art Nalls,
owner and pilot of the world's only civilian-owned
BAe Harrier VTOL jet, has announced that he has acquired a second
Harrier from the UK -- this one a two-place T.8 trainer. Nalls plans to
use the new Harrier for flight training and proficiency flights, as well
14 November: A
deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10,
VH-RVY (c/n C1/0472), crashed shortly after takeoff near Maitland, New
South Wales, Australia. Both occupants sustained serious injuries and
the aircraft was substantially damaged.
15 November: A 1945
deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, N28681 (c/n 86530), crashed shortly
after takeoff in Williamson, Georgia, USA. Both occupants were injured,
and the aircraft appeared to be totally destroyed.
18 November: The purchasers
of Connie Edwards' collection of
Hispano Buchon fighters, Swiss-based Boschung Global, Ltd. has
announced that they will restore all six of the rare Merlin-powered
variants of the famous Messerschmitt Bf-109, with at least two being
restored to flying condition. The "Edwards Messerschmitts" were stars of
the 1968 movie "Battle of Britain," and had been stored in Edwards'
hangar in Texas for many decades.
23 November: The
Museum in Detroit, Michigan, USA has announced that it is changing
its name to the "National Museum of Aviation and Technology at Historic
Willow Run." An exciting part of the change is that the museum will soon
be occupying part of the huge Willow Run bomber plant building, where
thousands of B-24 Liberator bombers were produced during WWII. [More
2 December: A 1968
Nanchang CJ-6, N4350D (c/n
2232013), lost power shortly after takeoff in Mesa, Arizona, USA and
crashed into several obstructions during a forced landing. The pilot and
passenger were not injured -- an astonishing outcome, considering that
both of the aircraft's wings were ripped off, and that the aircraft came
to rest inverted next to a large fuel tank and several trailers. [News
6 December: A 1952
deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk,
N833WP (s/n C1/0714), went off the runway and struck a sign during
landing in Chino, California, USA. The pilot and passenger were not
6 December: A
Fouga CM-170 Magister, N300FM
(s/n 494), made a forced landing on an 1800-foot long private airfield near Lake Havasu
City, Arizona, USA, after the pilot apparently ran out of fuel. The
aircraft was very heavily damaged, with the fuselage breaking into two
pieces. Miraculously, the pilot was not injured.
13 December: Evergreen
Vintage Aircraft, a for-profit organization that owns approximately 25
of the aircraft on display at the
and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA, has filed for
bankruptcy. The museum claims that its operation is financially
sustainable, so it its hoped that the museum will remain in operation.
Evergreen is home to more than 180 aircraft and significant artifacts,
including the massive Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat. [News
26 December: A 1943
Douglas DC-3A, N43XX (c/n 11665),
experienced an engine fire during landing in Riverside, California, USA.
The aircraft sustained minor damage.
10 January: A 1951
deHavilland DHC-2 / L-20A Beaver,
N4794C (s/n 51-16545), suffered the collapse of its landing gear on
landing in Juneau, Alaska, USA. The pilot was not injured.
18 January: A 1984
Yakovlev Yak-52, N124YK (c/n
844804), suffered the collapse of its nose landing gear on landing at
Torrance, California, USA. Damage was minor, and the pilot escaped
22 January: The owners of
"Proud Bird" restaurant adjacent to the Los Angeles International
Airport have announced that they have secured a 20-year lease with the
airport that will allow them to remain in business. Nearly $5.9 million
in improvements will also be made to the building and the aircraft
exhibits. The Proud Bird is noted for displaying a large collection of
vintage aircraft and realistic mockups, along with hundreds of rare and
historic aviation photos. The restaurant had been embroiled in a rent
dispute since September 2013, and had previously announced that it would
be closing. [More>>]
27 January: Col. Jack
Wilhite (USAF, Ret.), noted owner/pilot of the world's only flying
two-seat MiG-17 fighter,
unexpectedly passed at the age of 86. A former F-80, F-84, F-86 and
F-100 pilot, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous
other awards and decorations during his military career. He continued to
fly his MiG-17 in airshows and special events right up until his
passing. His charity work and generosity were notable aspects of his
outgoing personality. [Editor's Note: We wish to pass along our
condolences to Jack's friends and family. He was one of our heroes, and
he will be missed.] [Amateur
documentary video of Col. Wilhite>>]
Col. Jack Wilhite. (Photo source
30 January: Collector/pilot
Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of
Flight attraction, which closed to the public last year, has
re-opened its doors on a limited basis as an aviation museum. The
Lakeland, Florida-based facility contains a large collection of vintage
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