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February 2013:

  • 6 February: A 1966 Hispano HA-200 Saeta Jet, N390WW, suffered the collapse of its landing gear during a landing at North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The pilot was not injured and the aircraft sustained only minor damage.

  • 6 February: A Hiller UH-12B/OH-23 helicopter, N5072R, made a hard landing at Merritt Island, Florida, USA after a loss of power. One person was injured.

  • 6 February: In a surprise move, the U.S. National Park Service ordered the immediate closure of the delightful Pearson Air Museum, located on historic Fort Vancouver, Washington, USA. A press release from the Trust which operated the museum said the closure was the result of "an unresolved dispute with the National Park Service regarding park use policy."

March 2013:

  • 13 March: A group of  business leaders in Wichita, Kansas, USA has united to form "Doc's Friends," a group dedicated to the restoration to flight status of "Doc," a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber. Doc spent 42 years on a bombing-range in China Lake, California, and was rescued from an uncertain fate several years ago. [More information>>]

  • 26 March: A Hughes OH-6 Cayuse helicopter, N910WC (s/n 67-16372) crashed near Caddo, Texas, USA. A passenger was killed after the aircraft lost control while hovering over a stock tank and then plunged into the water. The pilot suffered only minor injuries.

April 2013:

  • 16 April: A deHaviland DH.82A Tiger Moth (ZS-OSS, c/n 82982) crashed into the water in Mmabatho, South Africa during a landing approach. Both occupants were killed.

  • 19 April: A Siai-Marchetti SF-260W, N224AP, landed gear-up at San Rafael, California, USA. Neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured.

  • 20 April: A 1942 Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N985SS (c/n 75-3431), force-landed in a vineyard near Santa Rosa, California. USA, ending up inverted. The pilot was not injured.

  • 24 April: A 1953 North American/CCF Harvard IV, C-FMWN (c/n CCF4 267) suffered the loss of its left brake after landing in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. The aircraft departed the side of the runway and the left main landing gear collapsed. The aircraft came to rest in a ditch. Neither occupant was injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.

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>>]

  • 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.
     
     
     

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