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 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
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.
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>>] [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.
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