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Final Flight of the Ghost

This is a video of Jimmy Leeward's final race. This video shows no impact with the ground just the events leading up to the accident, segments of this footage have been turned over to the NTSB to help with the investigation. * New photos from the NTSB investigation http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/air_show/photos.html


 


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Precious Metal P-51D (XR) Mustang 2013 qualifying run
Thom Richard and Precious Metal going up for the teams qual run to set their place on the poll. Thom ended up with the 6th fasted speed of 440.385mph, not bad for having to put the semi stock engine in just before Reno due to a problem with the race engine.





2011 Reno Air Race Tragedy as seen from the Backstretch.
Another view - from far away - of the " Galloping Ghost " crash. Our condolences to the families of all who were lost and best wishes to those who were injured.





Planes of Fame Airshow 2014 "The Warbirds" part 1
Part one of the heavy metal from the 2014 Planes of Fame airshow held in Chino California.





Planes of Fame Airshow 2013 (part 1)
With the 2014 show just around the corner I thought I would put together a couple of videos from last year's awesome event. The Planes of Fame museum hosts one of the best airshows/warbird gatherings in the country, many unique and rare aircraft attend the annual show and 2013 was no exception. 'Lighting Strikes' was the 2013 theme and with that there were 5 flying P-38 lightning's and one on static display. The 2014 show will be held from May 3-4, more info can be found on their website http://planesoffame.org/ and also their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Planes-of-Fame-Air-Museum/23688958789?ref=ts





Nice ride in Tom Cruises' P51 mustang w/ A26 start up at end
I took a ride in Toms Mustang "kiss me Kate" at burbank airport. It was awesome, one of the prettiest stangs I've seen. Very fun ride and cool experience . Keep watching until the end. A quick clip of an A26 starting up





Grumman Goose N703 Crescent Lake Alaska July 9,2011
Grumman Goose N703 Crescent Lake July 9, 2011 beaching operations. See WWW.goosehangar.com





Unlimited Air Racer 'Voodoo' Heat 3A with mayday landing.
This was the second heat race for the Gold racers during the Reno National Championship Air Races. Voodoo with Will Whiteside at the controls was third from the poll and quickly jumped into second behind Strega at the start of the race, just before going around pylon 4 on lap 4 Voodoo's engine broke a valve, Will used his speed and turned it into altitude so he could position himself for a mayday landing on runway 14. For more info on Voodoo air racing, checkout http://www.voodooairracing.com/ Voodoo trim tab accident 1998 http://www.warbird.com/voodoo.html





Unlimited air racer 'Furias' qual with crash landing, Reno 2012
This video is from 2012 when team Furias finished their several year resto/rebuild work and arrived on the ramp at Reno with this beautiful, freshly painted beast of an airplane. This was one of the most heavily modified super Sea Fury's to ever grace the ramp at Reno, she sported a very powerful race prepped Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major engine that could pump out 4,000hp all day long, they also fitted her with a custom racing canopy. It also had a custom boil off cooling system where they removed the oil coolers from the leading edges of the wings and moved them inside the fuselage, to take care of all the engine and boiler data the team also had a custom telemetry system that was maintained by a McLaren race team technician. Unfortunately during their qualifying attempt they had a part failure in the landing gear system which led to a gear collapse on landing resulting in a very broken airframe, fortunately race pilot Matt Jackson made it out with only a few bumps and bruises.





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Steve Senegal Endeavor 11 N616DH Arnold AR-6 Reno Air Racer
I ran in to Steve Senegal getting the Endeavor number 11 N616DH Arnold AR-6 ready for the Reno Air Races the flight was from the Hayward executive airport





Russian IL-76 attempts to crash during takeoff
Extremely heavy IL-76 takes off from an Australian airfield and barely clears the ground





Reno Air Racing - Sights and Sounds from Let's Go to the Reno Air Races
Now available on DVD and HD Blu-Ray disc from the Sporty's "Wright Bros." collection at: http://www.sportys.com/WrightBros/category/585/2 From the JustPlaneFunVideos Collection at the 2010 Reno Air Races this preview shows airplanes starting, taxiing, taking off, landing and racing. The full length DVD or Blu Ray disc contains over 50 minutes of this type of material as well as almost 90 minutes of interviews with pilots and crew like: Jet Class pilot and instructor Rick VanDam, Sport Class Pilot and Founder Lee Behel, Jet Class President Phil Fogg takes us around the race course for a lap in his Race 8 Airplane. Additional interviews include: Mike Stubbs talking BiPlanes, Jay Consalvi and flying the unlimited class Corsair, Smokey Young talks about flying the Formula One class, Dennis Buehn talks T-6's, Heather Penney talks about the transition from military flying to racing at Reno, Barry Varischetti talks about sport ballooning, as well as aviation educational segments recorded during PRS and the Air Races.





Low, Fast & Close Aircraft Flybys 01
A selection of warbird and aircraft flybys filmed from very close to the action. Includes P51 Mustang, P40 Kittyhawk, FG-1D Corsair, Boeing 727, Catalina, DC3, biplane Airliners, Ryan STM and others -- http://www.aviationfilm.com Copyright © 2012 Historical Aviation Film Unit This video material may not be reproduced in any form (except as an embedded video on any other website), without the written permission of the Historical Aviation Film Unit.





Hawker Sea Fury Reno Unlimited Air Racer- WHAT AN AIR-MACHINE !
This video is of Rod Lewis' highly modified Hawker Sea Fury ("September Fury") taken at the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino airport, California. Steve Hinton is the pilot. The Sea Fury was a British shipboard fighter plane in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This aircraft now has an approximately 3,800 horsepower Wright 18-cylinder engine to replace the original 18-cylinder Bristol Centaurus. WOW! It has a custom-designed "boil off" oil-cooling system designed by Pete Law (head of thermodynamics for the Lockheed SR-71 program, among many others). This aircraft has been clocked at 508 miles-per-hour on the Reno, Nevada race course. Very great stuff!





Reno Air Races Accident NTSB Hearing (2012)
Credit: National Transportation Safety Board - NTSB WPR11MA454 Deteriorated Parts Allowed Flutter Which Led to Fatal Crash at 2011 Reno Air Races WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board determined today that deteriorated locknut inserts found in the highly modified North American P-51D airplane that crashed during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, allowed the trim tab attachment screws to become loose, and even initiated fatigue cracking in one screw. This condition, which resulted in reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, ultimately led to aerodynamic flutter at racing speed that broke the trim tab linkages, resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash. On September 16, 2011, as the experimental single-seat P-51D airplane "The Galloping Ghost," traveling about 445 knots, or 512 mph, in the third lap of the six-lap race, passed pylon 8, it experienced a left-roll upset and high-G pitch up. During the upset sequence, the airplane's vertical acceleration peaked at 17.3 G, causing incapacitation of the pilot. Seconds later, a section of the left elevator trim tab separated in flight. The airplane descended and impacted the ramp in the spectator box seating area, killing the pilot and 10 spectators and injuring more than 60 others. "In Reno, the fine line between observing risk and being impacted by the consequences when something goes wrong was crossed," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman. "The pilots understood the risks they assumed; the spectators assumed their safety had been assessed and addressed." Contributing to the accident were the undocumented and untested major modifications made to the airplane, as well as the pilot's operation of the airplane in the unique air racing environment without adequate flight testing. The nearly 70-year-old airplane had undergone numerous undocumented modifications. The modifications, designed to increase speed, included shortening of the wings, installation of a boil-off cooling system for the engine, increasing the elevator counterweights, modification of the pitch trim system, and changing the incidence of the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Although the Federal Aviation Administration required that a flight standards district office be notified in writing of any major changes made to The Galloping Ghost before it could be flown, investigators could find no records that such notifications were made except for the installation of the boil-off cooling system. The undocumented major modifications were identified through wreckage examinations, photographic evidence, and interviews with ground crewmembers. In April, while the investigation was ongoing and after the NTSB's investigative hearing in January on air race and air show safety, the NTSB issued 10 safety recommendations to the Reno Air Racing Association, the National Air racing Group Unlimited Division, and the FAA. These recommendations addressed: requiring engineering evaluations for aircraft with major modifications; raising the level of safety for spectators and personnel near the race course; improving FAA guidance for air race and course design; providing race pilots with high-G training and evaluating the feasibility of G-suit requirements for race pilots; and tracking the resolution of race aircraft discrepancies identified during prerace technical inspections. Although no additional safety recommendations were issued today, the Board reclassified nine existing recommendations as described below: Eligibility Requirements for Aircraft with Major Modifications - recommendations A 12 9 and A-12-13 classified "Open—Acceptable Response" Prerace Technical Inspection Discrepancy Tracking - recommendation A 12 10, classified "Closed—Acceptable Action" Spectator Safety - recommendations A 12 14 and 15, classified "Closed—Acceptable Action" High G Training, G-Suit Feasibility for Pilots - recommendations A 12 11, -12, -16, and -17, classified "Closed—Acceptable Action" A tenth safety recommendation, issued to the FAA, which addressed air race and course design guidance was reclassified as "Open—Acceptable Response" on July 25, 2012. "It's good news for the air races that so many of our recommendations have been addressed," said Chairman Hersman. "We will continue to push for the full implementation of all of our safety recommendations." A synopsis of the NTSB report, including the probable cause and a complete list of the reclassified safety recommendations, is available at: http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/reno_nv/index.html. Click to subscribe! http://bit.ly/subAIRBOYD The most viewed aviation channel on YouTube.





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