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Flying Legends 2011

 

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.

 

 

Skyraider

 

Flying Legends 2011

 

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.

 

 

Skyraider

 

comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jul 2011, 07:13
I think I saw this incident on TV Les
Les Auld: It was quite widely reported Chris, thankfully no one was hurt. Thanks for the comment.
I suppose if you fly aircraft in close formation, eventually this will happen,fortunately, in this instance no one was hurt, good shots Les,is that oil along the fuselage?
Les Auld: It is Frank, it was like this last year as well so obviously it burns the oil a bit. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 14 Jul 2011, 12:38
great photo glad the pilot got out
Les Auld: So am I Vintage, thanks for the comment.
Seems they had a lucky escape. I don't recall hearing about this
Les Auld: They did Bill, thanks for the comment.
Two great images Les. The incident you describe was on the T.V.news complete with a video, both pilots were very lucky to get away with it.
Les Auld: They were indeed Brian, thanks for the comment.
Both images are great, Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Pamela, appreciate the comment.

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