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 and tail 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
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.
1 August: A 1962
Folland Gnat jet, (believed
to be G-TIMM / XP504 / XS111), operated by the UK's Gnat Display
Team / Heritage Aircraft Trust, crashed during a two-ship aerial
display at a car festival in Tarporley, Cheshire, UK. The pilot was
6 August: A 1942
Ryan ST-3KR / PT-22 Recruit,
N48701 (c/n 2101), was substantially damaged when it struck a mowing
vehicle upon landing in Hollister, California, USA. The driver of
the ground vehicle was killed. The aircraft was substantially
damaged, and both the pilot and passenger were injured. [News
14 August: A 1951
North American T-28A Trojan,
N14124 (c/n 51-3693), was heavily damaged during a forced landing
after losing power shortly after takeoff from Las Cruces, New
Mexico, USA. The pilot and passenger both suffered injuries. [News
17 August: A 1943
Boeing B75N1 Stearman
biplane, N56200 (c/n 75-7813), collided with a parked helicopter
while taxiing at Goodwood Aerodrome, Chichester, West Sussex, UK,
sustaining minor damage. The pilot was not injured. [News
report and photos>>]
20 August: A
Stinson L-5E Sentinel suffered
the collapse of its left main landing gear while landing at Tucson,
Arizona, USA. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft sustained
substantial damage. [News
22 August: A
Hawker Hunter T.7, G-BXFI
during an airshow performance at Shoreham, West Sussex, UK.
Tragically, at least 11 people were killed and at least 15 were injured when the airplane
failed to complete a cloverleaf maneuver and struck cars on a busy
The pilot was pulled from the fiery crash and is
currently in a medically-induced coma. [News
and video of the accident >>] [Note: A fund has been started to benefit
those affected by the tragedy. See
Shoreham Air Show Fund>>]
1 September: A
Beech T-34 Mentor, N134Y,
landed gear-up in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. The pilot was not
injured, and the aircraft reportedly suffered minor damage.
5 September: A
Yakovlev Yak-52, SE-LXO,
crashed into a lake in Varmland, Sweden after striking a power line.
The aircraft was recovered at the bottom of the lake by divers. Both
occupants were killed.
6 September: A
Yakovlev Yak-9UM, VX-YIX (s/n
0470409), ended up on its back after landing at Tybabb Airport,
Victoria, Australia. Soft soil next to the runway was suggested as a
cause of the incident. The pilot escaped injury.
6 September: The
organizers of a 20-Spitfire flypast over central London, UK,
commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, have
announced that the event will be canceled due to the high cost of
liability insurance. [Details>>]
7 September: A 1943
Supermarine Spitfire TR.9,
MJ772 (D-FMKN) suffered a loss of engine power and an off airport
landing in a field near Woodchurch, Kent, UK. The aircraft was badly
damaged, but pilot Rob Davies escaped injury.
8 September: A modified
North American P-51 Mustang,
N6WJ, ("Precious Metal / Race 38") sustained heavy damage
from a fire while taxiing out for takeoff in Marianna, Florida, USA.
Pilot Thom Richard was not injured. The specialized race aircraft is
the world's only Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered P-51, and was on its
way to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. [More>>]
12 September: A 1983
Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros
jet, N139RT, crashed while maneuvering during an air display in
Oneida, Tennessee, USA. The pilot was killed.
15 September: The 75th
anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked in the UK with a
massive flypast of Hurricanes, Spitfires and Blenheims. The aircraft
flew over several towns and airfields that played a role in the
legendary 1940 battle. [News
17 September: A 1970
McDonnell-Douglas A-4N Skyhawk,
C-FGZT, operated under civilian contract by Discovery Air Defense
Services, suffered the collapse of its nose landing gear upon
landing in Mesa, Arizona, USA. The pilot was not injured. The
aircraft was substantially damaged. [News
18 September: The
restoration crew of "Doc," the newly-restored
Boeing B-29 Superfortress that
will be only the second airworthy B-29 in existence, successfully
fired up all four of the bomber's engines for the first time. The
aircraft's first flight is planned by the end of the year, following
taxi tests and extensive systems checks. [Video
of the event>>]
25 September: After 56
years in service, the North
American/Rockwell T-2 Buckeye retired from service with the U.S.
Navy. The final three aircraft served at NAS Patuxent River,
25 September: A 1944
Curtiss C-46 Commando cargo
plane, C-GTXW, operated by Buffalo Airways, lost engine power while
enroute, and made a gear-up emergency landing at Deline, North West
Territories, Canada. None of the four crewmembers on board were
The aviation community
is celebrating and mourning the final flights of
Avro Vulcan XH558. The
magnificent 1960's-era delta-winged bomber is slated to be retired
on 11 October after its most recent eight-year flying stint in the
UK. Prior to this period, the aircraft had been dormant for 14
years. It was returned to flying status by the generosity of several
large sponsoring corporations and thousands of public donors. In
recent years, corporate support from key technical organizations has
waned, resulting in the grounding. XH558 is expected to remain on
"taxi" status so it can be displayed on the ground at its future
home at Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK. [Vulcan
to the Sky Trust>>]
6 October: A 1941
Hawker (CCF) Hurricane XIIA,
N54FH (c/n CCF/R32007), suffered a tire failure during
landing in Everett, Washington, USA. The
propeller struck the runway, resulting in damage to at least the prop and
incident was captured on video
7 October: The world's
oldest flyable jet aircraft, a
North American F-86A Sabre, N48178 (s/n 48-178) is back in the
air after making its first flight in the USA in more than two
decades. Until last summer, the Sabre had been actively flown in the
UK by the Golden Apple Trust, and was a popular aircraft on the
airshow display circuit. The first two test flights were performed
in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
15 October: A
BAC 167 Strikemaster,
ZK-BAC (c/n 342), landed with its landing gear retracted at Napier,
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, after the gear failed to extend normally.
The aircraft appeared to suffer minimal damage. [News
28 October: Vulcan
XH558, the last airworthy Avro
Vulcan bomber, made its final flight -- a short repositioning
flight into its permanent home at Doncaster, UK. As was reported
earlier (see above), the public's response to the final flights of
XH558 has been overwhelming. [BBC
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