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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F8F-2 Bearcat "Rare Bear" Reno 2013
A few flights of the Bear during the 50th anniversary of the National
Championship Air Races held in Reno, NV. The first segment is of the Bear's
late afternoon test hop before her turn on the course during the qualifying
session the next day.
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
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:
Click to subscribe! http://bit.ly/subAIRBOYD
Sunday Gold Race 2013
The final Gold race of 2013 saw a nice mix of fast planes ranging from the
small giant killer Yak-11 'Czech Mate', all the way up to the beast called
'Dreadnought' the mighty super Sea Fury powered by the 28 cylinder R-4360.
Steve Hinton flying Voodoo had the pole position while Matt Jackson flying
Strega had to start on the outside of the formation in seventh position, on
the start Matt wasted no time passing the other 5 racers but Steve in
Voodoo was so far in front the only way Matt could've caught him is if
Voodoo broke. This is the first win for Bob Button and team Voodoo, Bob and
his wife have been campaigning Voodoo for 17 years with many ups and downs
and nothing could've been better than winning Reno on the events 50th
'The Descent' Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
WORLDS FASTEST propellar driven AIRCRAFT Russian Tu 95MC Nuclear Bomber
Russian Aircraft The Tupolev Tu-95 (Russian: Туполев Ту--95; NATO
reporting name: Bear) is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile
platform. First flown in 1952, the Tu-95 entered service with the Soviet
Union in 1956 and is expected to serve the Russian Air Force until at least
2040. A naval development of the bomber is designated Tu-142.
The aircraft has four Kuznetsov NK-12 engines, developed by the Kuznetsov
Design Bureau with participation of Ferdinand Brandner and other captured
German engineers, each driving contra-rotating propellers. An airliner
variant Tu-114 holds the record as the world's fastest propeller-driven
aircraft. Some experimental aircraft were designed for theoretically higher
speeds, but none attained or registered them. It also remains the only turboprop-powered strategic bomber in
operational use. Its distinctively swept-back wings are at 35°, a very
sharp angle by the standards of propeller-driven aircraft, and justified by
its operating speeds and altitudes. Its blades, which rotate faster than the speed of sound, according to
one media source, make it arguably the noisiest military aircraft on
earth, with only the experimental 1950s era Republic XF-84H
"Thunderscreech" turboprop powered
American fighter design as a likely rival. It was
reportedly so loud that the underwater Hydrophones of submerged submarines
and SOSUS could detect it.
Russia Listeni/ˈrʌʃə/ or /ˈrʊʃə/ (Russian: Россия, tr.
Rossiya, IPA: [rɐˈsʲijə] ( listen)), also officially known as the
Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация,
tr. Rossiyskaya Federatsiya, IPA: [rɐˈsʲijskəjə
fʲɪdʲɪˈrat͡sɨjə] ( listen)), is a country in northern Eurasia.
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Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China,
Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea
of Okhotsk and the US state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. At
17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest
country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's
inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation
with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across the entirety of
northern Asia and much of Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and
incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms.
An aircraft is a machine that is able to fly by gaining support from the
air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet. It counters the force of
gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an
airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines.
The human activity that surrounds aircraft is called aviation. Crewed
aircraft are flown by an onboard pilot, but unmanned aerial vehicles may be
remotely controlled or self-controlled by onboard computers. Aircraft may
be classified by different criteria, such as lift type, propulsion, usage
The Russian Air Force (Russian: Военно-воздушные cилы
России, tr. Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii) is the aerial warfare
service branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It is
currently under the command of Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev. The
Russian Navy has its own air arm, the Russian Naval Aviation, which is the
former Soviet Aviatsiya Voyenno Morskogo Flota ("Naval Aviation"), or
The Air Force was formed from parts of the former Soviet Air Forces after
the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991--92. Boris Yeltsin's creation
of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on 7 May 1992, can be
taken as a convenient formation date for the new Air Force. Since that
time, the Air Force has suffered severe setbacks due to lack of resources,
and has constantly shrunk in size. Since Vladimir Putin became President of
the Russian Federation however, much more money has been allocated to the
Armed Forces as a whole.
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of
the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed
services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as
a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National
Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military
to be formed, and is the largest and one of the world's most
technologically advanced air forces. The USAF articulates its core
functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air
Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control,
Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery, Global Precision Attack,
Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
2014 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.
Reno Unlimited Gold 2012
This is the final gold race of 2012, more info on the Reno air races can be
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!