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Close call at the Duxford Air Show...

 
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Oct 15, 2017 10:40 |  #1

A mid air collision at the Duxford air show last month between two P-51 Mustangs. Both landed ok, thankfully.

You can see it here about 10 min into the video.

http://www.worldwarbir​dnews.com …and-the-shark-at-duxford/ (external link)

Also, my flickr friend Roland got a great shot of the damaged Mustang Miss Helen. Roland has a fantastic collection of
aviation photos - worth checking out.

https://www.flickr.com …7637317871/in/d​ateposted/ (external link)

A similar accident occurred at Duxford in 2011. The Mustang pilot was able to bail out before the plane crashed.

http://www.dailymail.c​o.uk …ir-collision-airshow.html (external link)


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Oct 15, 2017 20:03 |  #2

I hadn't realised I had actually got a shot showing the damage to Miss Helen. They were a real long way out when it happened, even with 600mm of focal length to play with. First up is the two aircraft involved lining up for the takeoff run.

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4470/37465243200_612f674145_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Z5Fa​wY  (external link) North American Mustang MK IV, North American P51D Mustang (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

I almost missed Miss Helen's landing run, as it was pretty much right in the middle of Sally B's solo display.

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4467/37013303044_d59dd3b1a5_o.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/YoJR​tj  (external link) North American P51D Mustang (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Various Duxford displays over the years have had some serious accidents. As well as the accident between the Skyraider and the Mustang already referred to, the Bf 109 G "Black 6" was force landed the other side of the M11 back about 20 years ago, turning over in the process. That aircraft is now in the RAF Museum Hendon. Oddly it was actually the last flight before being due to be retired from flying, for display in Hendon. IIRC the mid air between the RAF Vintage Pair Meteor and Vampire, that wrote off both aircraft was also at Duxford. They had another forced landing the other side of the motorway either last year or earlier this year, again involving IIRC a Mustang.

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Oct 16, 2017 11:09 |  #3

Hey Alan, thanks for those shots. That's a nice capture of the damaged Mustang landing. It shows the damaged area rather well.
Very nice first image, too.

Yup, air shows can be a rough business, on both planes & people. In recent years there have been a number of Mustang accidents & crashes.
Makes me wonder how many airworthy Mustangs exist. I attended an air show this weekend, where a P-38 did a flight demonstration.
The announcer said only 11 P-38s world wide are in flying condition.

A trip to Duxford is on my bucket list!


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Oct 16, 2017 17:47 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #4

Frank I have no idea about the number of P38's in the air, but 11 doesn't sound unreasonable. The Duxford show had the largest number of Hurricanes in formation seen for about 50 years, and maybe longer than that. There were six in the formation, although there was a seventh seen during the show. As far as I know there are currently nine airworthy Hurricanes in the UK. I think there are a couple in the US too.

This Warbird Registry (external link) site as some useful info, although a lot of the data is quite old. I found it and the CAA registration list quite useful in working out which aircraft was which from the show.

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