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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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
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
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
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
requiring engineering evaluations for aircraft with major modifications;
raising the level of safety for spectators and personnel near the race
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
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:
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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
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!
2013 Reno Air Races: The Continuum
here's a collection of footage from our "behind the scenes camera". We are
thrashing away editing our footage from the RED Epic camera. None of the
footage in this video is from the RED, that will come later this year. I
put this video together to help get the message out to support the Reno
Championship Air Races for 2014. We at horsepower do not make a
profit form these video's, they are just for all of us fans of the worlds
fastest motorsport! Also just a shout out to the boys out at Pylon 4 who
helped us out this year. Opts'1 makes it all happen! Also to the Precious
Metal Team, the best damn fan friendliest team out there! and The boys at
Recovery 1 for saving us a sport in the shade at the end of R28. Finally a
Huge thanks to the Colonel, who allows us to film from the Air National
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.