3 March: A
1941 deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth,
I-GATO (c/n 85253), crashed in a field near Nervesa della Battaglia
Italy. Both the pilot and passenger were injured, and the plane was
substantially damaged. Photos show that the aircraft appeared to hit the
only tree in a rather large field. [Newspaper
5 March: A 1942
Ryan ST3KR (PT-22) Recruit,
N53178, lost engine power and made a heavy forced landing on the fairway
of a golf course in Venice, California, adjacent to the Santa Monica
Airport. The pilot, veteran actor and pilot/owner Harrison Ford, was
injured in the accident, but is expected to recover. [Local
idiotic news report>>]
10 March: A
deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth,
ZK-BMY (s/n DHNZ101), ended up on its nose during landing at Tauranga,
New Zealand. The pilot and passenger escaped injury, and the aircraft
appeared to suffer relatively minor damage. [News
11 March: A
BAe Hawk Mk. 67 (T-59) jet, N506XX (c/n 386/6K011), operated by a civilian defense
contractor, veered off the runway on takeoff at MCAS Yuma,
Arizona, USA, impacting a nearby government vehicle and catching fire. A
U.S. Marine inside the vehicle was killed. The two pilots were examined
at the hospital and released. [Local
12 March: A 1943
Boeing A75N1 / PT-17 Stearman,
N7772J (s/n 75-8175), nosed-over during landing in St. Marys,
Pennsylvania, USA. The pilot, who was not injured, reported that a
wingtip caught a snow bank during the roll-out.
23 March: "Doc," the
Boeing B-29 Superfortress that was
restored over the past 15 years after being rescued from certain doom on
a California bombing range, was rolled out of its hangar for the first
time in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Doc will become only the second
airworthy B-29 in the world when it makes its first post-restoration
flight sometime later this year. [Rollout
3 April: A
Flug Werk FW-190A8/N replica,
ZK-RFR, suffered the collapse of one of its main landing gear after the
failure of one of its brakes during landing in Blenheim, New Zealand. The pilot was not injured.
The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local
3 April: A
Yakovlev Yak-52, N555GD, crashed
in a field in a rural farm area near Lebanon, Indiana, USA. The aircraft
and its pilot were subsequently missing for more than a week, and were
located on 12 April. [Local
news story>>] [Editor's note: Owner/pilot Glenn Foy was a
friend of ours. He will be missed.]
23 April: The
Chanute Air Museum
in Rantoul, Illinois, USA has announced that it will be closing at the
end of the year due to funding issues. The museum is located on the
historic, former Chanute Air Force Base, which was a maintenance
training center for much of its life. [Local
24 April: The team working
to restore the first "Air Force One," a 1948
Lockheed VC-121A Constellation called "Columbine II" (s/n 48-0610),
has announced that they will be purchasing the aircraft in June, and
returning it to fully airworthy condition. Dynamic Aviation of
Bridgewater, Virginia, USA plans to eventually fly the aircraft to many
airshows and display it during various history events.
26 April: A
Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog
nosed-over upon landing in Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada. The two pilots
on board were not injured.
30 April: A 1951
North American T-28S Trojan/Fennec,
N14113 ("Little Rascal", c/n 51-7545), suffered the collapse of its
nosegear at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, UK. The pilot was not
7 May: The 1945
Avro Lancaster (PA474 /
"Thumper") operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)
suffered in inflight engine fire while flying over Lincolnshire, UK, but
landed safely at its home base, RAF Coningsby. [News
8 May: A
Bell UH-1B Iroquois/Huey helicopter, N46969 (c/n 63-8548), crashed
during logging operations in Orient, Washington, USA. The pilot reported
10 May: A 1940
Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3,
N44970, experienced the collapse of its landing gear during landing at
Chandler, Arizona, USA. The pilot was not injured.
16 May: A
Yakovlev Yak-18T, N36YK (c/n 0535A), suffered the collapse of its
landing gear during landing at Camarillo, California, USA. Minor damage
to the aircraft was reported, and neither occupant of the aircraft was
20 May: A
Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N55528,
went off the runway and flipped over during landing in Williamson,
Georgia, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and both occupants
received minor injures.
24 May: A 1940
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc, F-AZXR
(P3351), suffered a landing mishap in Darois, France, resulting in the
aircraft coming to rest on its nose. The pilot was not injured.
25 May: A 1956
Hawker FB.10 Sea Fury, N254SF
("Sea Hawk"), departed the edge of the runway during landing in
Denver, Colorado, USA, collapsing the landing gear and doing
significant, but repairable, damage. The pilot was not injured.
25 May: A
Yakovlev Yak-52, N124FS (c/n
811614), crashed under unknown circumstances in a field near Syracuse,
Kansas, USA. The pilot was killed.
28 May: A
Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet,
N6175C (c/n 432942), struck a high-tension power cable while in flight near De Beque Canyon,
Colorado, USA. The power cable snapped, fell to the ground, and damaged
the windshields of several cars and a truck traveling on Interstate 70.
The pilot burned off excess fuel and landed at Grand Junction, Colorado.
Substantial damage to the aircraft's wing was reported.
8 June: A 1983
Yakovlev Yak-52, N5979X (c/n
833010), suffered the collapse of its right main landing gear while
taxiing at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA. Neither the pilot nor
passenger were injured.
11 June: A 1944
Beechcraft RC-45J Expeditor,
N585PB (c/n 029585), veered off the runway and struck two runway signs
in Everett, Washington, USA. No one was injured, but the aircraft
suffered substantial damage.
21 June: A 1993
Yakovlev Yak-18T, N189AK (c/n
10-33) made a forced landing in a field near Laurel, Montana. The
pilot was not injured. The aircraft sustained unknown damage.
22 June: A
Short S312 Tucano T Mk.1, N206PZ, crashed near Ventucopa, California,
USA, apparently during maneuvering flight. The pilot, award-winning film composer James Horner, was killed. The crash started a brush fire that
burned approximately one acre of land.
29 June: A
Consolidated Vultee PBY-6A Catalina
flying boat, N85U (c/n 64041), which was being used in the filming of a movie near Orange Beach,
Alabama, USA, began taking on water. The crew attempted to
intentionally beach the aircraft, but this effort was only partially
successful. The aircraft remained in the shallow water near the
shore for several days, after which a crane-assisted rescue was
attempted. Unfortunately, the aircraft's hull broke in two during
this operation. [Local
2 July: A
Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N44SN
made a forced landing in a field near Louis, Kansas, USA. The pilot
was not injured, and the aircraft suffered unknown damage.
4 July: A 1947
Aeronca 7BCM/L-16 Grasshopper,
N10497, crashed near Portland, Texas, USA, along the shore of Corpus
Christi Bay. Both the pilot and his passenger were killed, and the
aircraft was destroyed. The aircraft was seen flying low along the
shoreline before the accident.
5 July: A 1941
Meyers OTW-160 biplane, N26476
(c/n 29), force-landed in a field near Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA.
Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.
10 July: At least three
Supermarine Spitfires and
three Hawker Hurricanes took
part in a ceremonial flypast over London, UK, in commemoration of
the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The vintage aircraft,
operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), were
joined by at least four Eurofighter Typhoon jets. [BBC
24 July: A 1941
Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa,
N54FH (c/n CCF/R32007), operated by the Flying Heritage Collection,
lost a wheel during landing in Everett, Washington, USA. The
propeller struck the runway, resulting in damage to the prop and
25 July: A 1943
Boeing PT-17/B75N1 Stearman,
N5820V (c/n 75-7728), flipped over on landing at Shelter Island, New
York, USA. The pilot was not injured.
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