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June 2018:

  • 8 June: A 1971 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N4323N, landed in a field after takeoff from Moriarty, New Mexico, USA, for unknown reasons. The pilot suffered minor injuries.

  • 15 June: A 1944 Stinson L-5 Sentinel, N45TX (s/n 44-17397) ("Miss Treatment"), made a forced landing into a lake in Thomson, Georgia, USA. The pilot was rescued from the water, and the aircraft was salvaged from the bottom of the lake the next day. Other than water damage, it appeared the aircraft suffered damage only to its engine cowling and windshield. [Local news>>]

  • 15 June: A 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N52107, ground-looped after landing and struck a wingtip on the ground at Waukegan, Illinois, USA. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

  • 19 June: A 1958 North American F-100F Super Sabre, N2011V (s/n 56-3948), blew a tire after applying heavy braking following a drag-chute failure on landing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. The airplane was not otherwise damaged, and the pilot was not injured. The incident closed the runway for over an hour, causing some commercial airliners to be delayed or diverted. [Local news>>]

  • 19 June: A 1970 Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, N303HP, suffered control difficulties and rolled over during takeoff from a training facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The pilots were slightly injured, and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [News story>>]

  • 23 June: A Yakovlev Yak-52, LY-AMA, suffered an engine failure while on final approach in Kaunas, Lithuania. The pilot, a noted aerobatic champion, landed long and intentionally swerved the aircraft off the runway to avoid going down a steep embankment at the end. The aircraft was very heavily damaged in the resulting crash. The pilot suffered serious injuries. The passenger had only minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 25 June: A 1941 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N52584, came to rest inverted after a nose-over accident during landing in Lexington, North Carolina, USA. One of the occupants was slightly injured, and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. [Local news>>]

  • 27 June: A 1948 Ryan Navion A, N444AC, made a gear-up landing in Burnet, Texas, USA. The pilot and passenger were not injured, but the aircraft suffered substantial damage to at least its engine and propeller. [News link>>]

  • 29 June: A 1940 Boeing PT-13D/N2S-5 Stearman, HB-RBG, came to rest inverted after landing in Lupfig, Switzerland. Neither of the occupants were injured. [Local news>>]

July 2018:

  • 1 July: A 1938 Lockheed 12A Electra Junior, N14999 (s/n 1252), was substantially damaged during a landing mishap in Zwartberg, Belgium. Video of the incident shows the aircraft swerve off the runway and strike a hangar. None of the five occupants were injured. [News and video>>]

  • 1 July: A 1941 deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, ZK-ALM, made a forced landing in a field near Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, following an engine failure. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither occupant suffered injuries. [News link>>]

  • 5 July: A 1942 North American AT-6D/SNJ-5 Texan, N29963 (s/n 49-2977), lost directional control during landing in Moneta, Virginia, and struck a line of trees. The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news>>]

  • 20 July: A 1957 deHavilland DH-112 Venom, N747J, crashed shortly after takeoff in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, after an apparent engine failure. The aircraft struck a cornfield and some farm buildings, and there was a post-crash fire. The pilot, noted warbird collector and the founder of the World Heritage Air Museum, Marty Tibbitts, was killed. Two farm workers were injured, and over 40 calves were injured and had to be euthanized in the accident. [Local news>>] [Editor's Note: Our sincere condolences to Marty's family and friends. He was a friend and an enthusiastic supporter of the jet warbird community. He will be missed.]

  • 21 July: A 1944 Douglas C-47B / DC-3 Dakota, N47HL, operated by the Commemorative Air Force, was involved in a takeoff accident and was destroyed by fire in Burnet, Texas, USA. All 13 occupants survived the accident; 5 were injured. The aircraft appeared to swerve left and right, then left the ground at what appeared to be a slow airspeed, stalled and impacted hard, shearing off the landing gear. [Local news and video of the accident>>]

  • 29 July: The National Warplane Museum of Geneseo, New York, USA, took delivery of a freshly-restored Beechcraft Traveller Mk. 1. The rare aircraft saw service with the Royal Navy and made its post-restoration debut at EAA's AirVenture event.

Photo courtesy Scott Smith, WarhawkCreative

August 2018:

  • 3 August: A 1941 Stinson L-5 Sentinel, I-AEEA, made a forced landing into a lake near Bodio Lomnago, Italy, after an apparent engine failure. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but the pilot was not seriously injured. [Local news>>]

  • 4 August: A 1929 Junkers Ju-52, HG-HOT (c/n 6595), crashed on a mountain during a sightseeing flight in the Swiss Alps. All 17 passengers and a crew of three were killed. The company that operated the aircraft had conducted similar flights for many years. [News link>>]

  • 11 August: A Polikarpov Po-2 biplane, registered RA-1928G, crashed in Irkutsk, Russia, under unknown circumstances. Both the pilot and passenger were injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

  • 13 August: A North American AT-6C / Harvard IIA, ZK-RNZ (c/n 88-9272) (NZ1015), made a forced landing in a field with its landing gear retracted, near Ōhakea, North Island, New Zealand. The aircraft appeared to have sustained damage to the propeller (and presumably, the engine), but the two crewmembers were not injured. The aircraft is operated by the RNZAF as a part of its Historic Flight, and had recently undergone a multi-year restoration. [Local news>>]

  • 23 August: A 1955 North American T-28B Trojan, N215SF (Bu.No. 137723), crashed and burned near the end of a runway in Anoka, Minnesota, USA. The pilot was seriously injured, and the plane was destroyed. The pilot reported there was smoke in the cockpit just prior to the accident. [News report>>]

  • 23 August: A 1951 North American SNJ-5 Texan, N28955 (s/n 49-3245), suffered the collapse of its landing gear during landing in Houston, Texas, USA. The aircraft veered off the side of the runway. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

  • 25 August: A 1982 Yakovlev Yak-52, N3042W (s/n 822209), made a gear-up landing in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. The pilot and passenger were not reported to be injured.

  • 25 August: A 1954 Grumman UF-1/HU-16 Albatross, N1955G (s/n 137933), struck an unknown object in the water during takeoff  near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA. Damage to the aircraft is unknown.

  • 26 August: A 1943 Vought/Goodyear FG1D Corsair, N9964Z (Bu. No. 92468), made an emergency landing in Detroit, Michigan, USA, after the pilot reported fuel in the cockpit.

  • 27 August: A 1945 Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, N3969A, made an emergency descent and came to rest in a ditch after landing in Carson City, Nevada, USA. The propeller was damaged in the incident, but neither occupant was injured.

September 2018:

  • 7 September: A Yakovlev Yak-9UM, VH-YIX, crashed under unknown circumstances near Moe, Victoria, Australia. The pilot was killed. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft performing aerobatics prior to the crash. [Local news>>]

  • 14 September: Two Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jets, N139PJ (Race #37) and N139UK (Race #13) collided during a heat at the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada, USA. Both pilots managed to land safely, with one of the aircraft (Race #37) sustaining significant damage to the right wing, vertical stabilizer and left horizontal stabilizer -- and losing its right aileron entirely. [Video of the race, including the incident>>]

  • 15 September: A 1945 Boeing PT-17 Kaydet/Stearman, N34KS (s/n 75-5384), struck a Bellanca Citabria during a landing in Mt. Morris, Illinois, USA. The Stearman suffered damage to two of its four wings. Neither pilot reported injuries.

  • 19 September: A 1952 Lockheed T-33, N514RH, lost its cockpit canopy during landing in Denver, Colorado, USA. The pilot was not injured in the incident.

  • 20 September: A 1960 Hiller UH-12E helicopter, N1349A, suffered a blade-strike and was substantially damaged in Frankfort, Kansas, USA. The condition of the pilot is not known.

October 2018:

  • 1 October: Legendary test pilot and air racer Darryl Greenamyer died at age 82. Greenamyer was known for breaking the (then) world piston-powered speed record in his modified F8F Bearcat "Conquest I" in 1969, for his numerous wins at the National Championship air races in Reno, Nevada, USA, and for his record-setting flights in his "Red Baron" F-104 Starfighter. In 1994, he led a team that unsuccessfully attempted to recover a crashed B-29 named "Kee Bird" in Greenland.

  • 5 October: A 1946 North American Navion-A / L-17, N969TR, made a forced landing on a road near Meridian, Mississippi, USA, after an engine failure. The pilot was not injured. The plane was substantially damaged. [News link>>]

  • 11 October: A 1950 North American T-28A Trojan, N272NA, made a successful emergency landing in a harvested cornfield near Creston, Illinois, USA. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, and the plane appeared to be undamaged. The plane was near the end of a cross-country flight from Oklahoma when the incident occurred.  [News link>>]

  • 15 October: Microsoft co-founder, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and prolific warbird collector Paul G. Allen died at age 65. In 2004, Allen formed the extraordinary Flying Heritage Collection (later known as the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum) in Everett, Washington, USA. Allen's love of historic aviation resulted in many aircraft types continuing to fly that otherwise would have become extinct. [Vulcan, Inc. statement on Paul Allen's death >>]

  • 16 October: A Consolidated/Vultee BT-13A Valiant, N59842 (c/n 5057) suffered a loss of engine power during a touch-and-go in Livermore, California, USA. The aircraft landed long and struck a fence between the airport and an adjoining golf course. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and although the aircraft suffered damage, it appears to be largely intact. [Local news link>>]

  • 20 October: A 1980 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N29VP, made a controlled gear-up landing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, after losing an entire main landing gear wheel on takeoff. Neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured. The aircraft suffered only minor damage. [News link>>]

  • 23 October: A North American SNJ-5, N7969E (s/n 42-84535), suffered an engine failure near Agoura Hills, California, USA, and the pilot made an emergency landing on a busy highway. During the landing, the aircraft struck the concrete center divider and subsequently caught fire. The pilot escaped with very minor injuries, but the aircraft was largely consumed by the fire. [Local news>>]

  • 24 October: A 1967 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N199DM, made an emergency landing in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, with its nose gear retracted. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft sustained only minor damage. [News link>>]

November 2018:

  • 3 November: A Siai-Marchetti SF260D, I-ISAE, crashed in a field near Caorle, Italy. Both occupants were killed, although the aircraft remained largely intact and there was no fire. [Local news>>]

  • 17 November: A North American P-51D Mustang, N4132A (s/n 44-74445)("Pecos Bill"), crashed in a parking lot next to an apartment complex near Fredericksburg, Texas, USA, after an apparent engine failure. Owner/pilot Cowden Ward and his WWII-veteran passenger and former B-17 bombardier, Vince Losada, were killed. The aircraft had participated in a flyover as part of a history program for a nearby museum, and the owner was known to give rides to WWII veterans. [Local news report>>]

  • 22 November: A long-lost Supermarine Spitfire reconnaissance plane was discovered in good condition in a mountain bog in Norway by a UK-based researcher. Its pilot, Alastair Gunn, was on a long-range photo mission from Scotland when he was shot down in 1942. Later, he was a part of the famous "Great Escape" from the Stalag Luft 3 prison camp, but was executed by his captors in April 1944. In his memory, Spitfire AA810 will be restored to flying condition, and a television documentary of the aircraft's recovery and restoration is being produced. [More information>>]

  • 30 November: A Scottish Aviation Bulldog, HA-TVD, struck powerlines and crashed near Rábapaty, Hungary. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. [Local news>>]

December 2018:


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