Fine weather and the prospect of an exciting flying display from many piston driven aircraft brought the crowds to the Flying Legends Airshow at the Imperial War Museum,s Duxford base in Cambridgeshire.
Towards the end of the flying displays after the final large scale Balbo Formation, a French owned AD-$n Skyraider in US Navy markings was flying in close formation with two P51-D Mustang fighters. As they broke, prparing to land, the was a mid-air collision between the Skyraider and one of the Mustangs, named "Big Beautiful Doll", the one sporting a chequered nose in th epicture below. The Skyraider manged to land with a damaged wing but the Mustang was sent spinning into the ground. Fortunately the pilot was able to eject and landed safely by parachute. The Mustang looked as though it had been destroyed as it hit the ground.
The incident is now being investigated by air officials as they try to find out exactly what happened.
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