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June 2017:

  • 3 June: A 1943 Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N218DL (s/n 75-7389), flipped over during a landing in Williamson, Georgia, USA. The pilot was not injured. [News report>>]

  • 4 June: Chuck Lyford, one of the early participants in the National Air Races at Reno, Nevada in his P-51 Mustang called the "Bardahl Special," died in the crash of a vintage race car in Spokane, Washington, USA. Lyford was also a well-known adventurer, hydroplane racer, and storyteller. [News report>>]

  • 11 June: A 1944 Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX, F-AJZS (PS890), flipped over during a takeoff attempt in Villette, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. The pilot was extracted from the inverted aircraft with slight injuries. Two bystanders were reported to be injured by pieces of the propeller that were flung toward the crowd during the accident. The aircraft suffered substantial damage. [Local news and video of the incident>>]

  • 11 June: A 1953 Lockheed P2V-5F Neptune airtanker, N9855F (c/n 131445), had a failure of its right engine during a firefighting mission. The crew of three successfully recovered the aircraft to the aircraft's base in Prescott, Arizona, USA. [Local news>>]

  • 15 June: A 1974 Bell 47G2 helicopter, N90529, crashed in a field near Hastings, Minnesota, USA, while spraying insecticide. The pilot was slightly injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. [News report>>]

  • 17 June: A 1944 Supermarine LF-IXe Spitfire, G-CICK (NH314) ("Elizabeth"), suffered the collapse of its landing gear during a landing on a grass runway in Sywell, Northamptonshire, UK. The pilot and passenger were not injured. Damage to the aircraft appeared to be limited to the belly, propeller and engine. [News report and photos>>]

  • 19 June: A North American NA-68/P-64 replica (built from a T-6G Texan), F-AZHD, lost engine power and made an emergency landing in a field near Mont-près-Chambord, France. The pilot suffered only minor injuries. The aircraft was moderately damaged. [News report>>]

  • 28 June: "Belin Express," a rare P-51B Mustang, has departed Texas on a long journey to Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, UK to participate in several flying events commemorating WWII. The aircraft is particularly known for an incident in 1944 when pilot Bill Overstreet flew it under the Eiffel Tower while chasing a German Bf-109. [Track the flight on GPS>>]

July 2017:

  • 1 July: A 1968 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, N12DN, landed with its landing gear retracted in Plainview, Texas, USA. The pilot was not injured. Damage to the aircraft appeared to be limited to a scraped belly. [News report>>]

  • 2 July: A 1951 North American T-28A Trojan, N9103F (s/n 51-7606) crashed in a cornfield near Moorhead, Minnesota, USA, under unknown circumstances. The pilot, noted warbird owner Mark Yaggie, was killed. The aircraft was mostly destroyed. [News report>>]

  • 4 July: A 1943 Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire VC, N5TF (s/n JG891), departed the paved runway during a landing in Marana, Arizona, USA. The pilot was not injured. Damage to the aircraft is unknown.

  • 8 July: A 1943 North American P-51B Mustang, N515ZB (s/n 43-24837) ("Miss Berlin"), had its canopy shatter and depart the airplane during a flying display at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK. The pilot safely landed the aircraft.

  • 9 July: A 1952 North American Harvard Mk. IV, C-FWLH (s/n CCF4-227), lost directional control and went off the side of the runway during a landing in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, coming to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger suffered only minor injuries.  [News link>>]

  • 9 July: A 1944 North American P-51D Mustang, G-TFSI, (s/n 44-84847) ("Miss Velma"), made a forced landing in a field near Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK, after losing engine power. The pilot was not injured, but the airplane sustained substantial damage. [BBC News report>>]

  • 16 July: A 1944 North American P-51D Mustang, N251PW, (s/n 44-72086, "Baby Duck"), crashed near Cummings, Kansas, USA, under unknown circumstances. The pilot and passenger were killed, and the aircraft was destroyed. [News link>>]  [Editor's note: It's tough to report on accidents, but it's especially hard when the pilot is a close friend and mentor. Vlado Lenoch was a hugely-influential warbird airshow performer, airshow competency examiner, Heritage Flight pilot, and a true gentleman. He was one of the kindest and most generous folks in the US warbird community. His loss leaves an enormous hole in the warbird community. His passenger, Bethany Root, was the manager of the airport where he flew an airshow the day before, and by all accounts she was an up-and-coming star herself. Our condolences to the families and friends of both of them. They will be greatly missed.]

The always-smiling Vlado Lenoch, after an airshow in the Mustang
he formerly owned, N2151D, "Moonbeam McSwine."
(Photo credit unknown.)

  • 24 July: A 1972 BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk. 80, N605GV, crashed shortly after takeoff in Henderson, Nevada, USA. The aircraft was mostly destroyed by fire after coming to rest in an open desert area, but the pilot managed to escape injury. [News report>>]

  • 25 July: A 1956 Hawker FB.60 Sea Fury, N254SF, lost engine power and the pilot made an emergency landing in a field near Breckenridge, Texas, USA. The pilot, noted warbird restorer Nelson Ezell, was critically injured. His passenger escaped the crash largely unhurt. The aircraft broke in half and was substantially damaged. [Local news report>>] [Editor's Note: Our best wishes to Nelson for a quick recovery!]

August 2017:

  • 12 August: A 1943 North American SNJ-4/Texan, N243CC, suffered a loss of directional control and came to rest inverted during a landing in Ashland, Ohio, USA. The pilot and passenger were reported to have suffered only minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 15 August: A 1941 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, PH-PBY ("Karel Doorman") was forced to make an emergency landing with its nose landing gear retracted in Leylstad, Netherlands. The crew was unable to extend the nose gear by either normal or emergency means, and made a textbook mains-only landing. The crew of 3 and 15 passengers onboard all escaped injury. PH-PBY is the world's oldest flying Catalina. [Local news report>>]  [Video of the incident>>]

  • 18 August: A 1944 Boeing E75 Stearman, N4859N, ground-looped on landing in Centerville, Tennessee, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither the pilot nor passenger were injured. [News report>>]

  • 22 August: The pilot of a 1959 Hawker Hunter Mk.58 jet, N338AX, operated by a civilian defense contractor, ejected from the aircraft approximately 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, California, USA, while participating in a Navy training exercise. Coast Guard and Navy assets assisted in the rescue of the pilot, who was seriously injured in the accident. The aircraft was destroyed. [Local news report>>]

  • 23 August: The Royal Air Force has temporarily grounded several of its historic display aircraft as a precautionary measure, after concerns about their Merlin engines. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's four Spitfires, two Hurricanes, and a Lancaster bomber were grounded because of a technical fault found in one of the Hurricanes. Other non-Merlin powered BBMF aircraft will continue to fly. [More information and news>>]

  • 26 August: A deHavilland DH.82a Tiger Moth (registration unknown) crashed at an airfield near Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK, killing both the pilot and passenger. [Local news>>]

September 2017:

  • 1 September: A 1969 Antonov An-2T "Colt" biplane, RA-35171 (c/n 1G113-10), crashed while maneuvering at an airshow at Chornoye Airport, Moscow Oblast, Russia. The aircraft performed a barrel roll, then appeared to attempt a steeply-banked repositioning turn at low altitude, whereupon the aircraft's left wing struck the ground. Both occupants were killed, and the aircraft was destroyed by the impact and a post-crash fire. [Video of the accident>> Warning: May be upsetting to some people.]

  • 3 September: A Boeing A75N1 Stearman, N52813 (s/n 75-394), came to rest inverted after landing on a grass airfield in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. One of the two occupants was treated for minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 4 September: A Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N75753 (s/n 75-3521), suffered a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff and made a forced landing in a dry river bed in Santa Paula, California, USA. Neither of the occupants was injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news>>]

  • 23 September: Two North American P-51D Mustangs, G-BIXL ("Miss Helen") and G-SHWN ("The Shark"), made emergency landings at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK, after a mid-collision during a Battle of Britain display. The two fighters were performing a rejoin maneuver on a B-17 Flying Fortress, "Memphis Belle," when they made contact. Damage to the horizontal stabilizer of one aircraft and the propeller of the other was noted. [Video of the incident>>]

  • 24 September: A 1980 Scottish Aviation Bulldog, G-BXHB (c/n BH120/408), made an emergency landing in a field near Embleton, Northumberland, UK, for unknown reasons. The pilot was not injured. [Local news report>>]

October 2017:

  • 6 October: A 1946 Bell P-63F Kingcobra, N6763 (c/n 296-E1-1R), made an emergency landing at a small airport in Midland, Texas, USA, after suffering the failure of a fuel selector valve. The aircraft was damaged, but the pilot was not injured. [News report>>]

  • 8 October: A 1984 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N580LL, crashed in a field near Vernon, Texas, USA, killing the pilot. Witnesses reported that the aircraft had made a low pass and a climb before striking the ground. [News report>>]

  • 8 October: A Yakovlev Yak-52, RA-1765G, crashed under unknown circumstances near Pyatigorskiy, Stavropol Territory, Russia. Both occupants were killed. [Local report>>]

  • 9 October: A Nanchang CJ-6, N8NW, made a forced landing in desert terrain near a construction zone in Buckeye, Arizona, USA for undetermined reasons. Both occupants were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. [Local news report>>]

  • 12 October: A 1951 deHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, N323WG (c/n C1-0395), ground-looped and left the runway surface upon landing in Cedartown, Georgia, USA. Neither occupant was injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged by fire.

November 2017:

  • 1 November: A Focke-Wulf FWP-149D, registered OE-KSC, made a forced landing in a field near Hadersdorf, Austria, following a loss of engine power. Neither the pilot nor his three passengers were injured. The aircraft appeared to sustain damage to its nosegear, cowling, engine and propeller. [News link>>]

  • 7 November: Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance," 52-2718, returned to the skies after a 15-year restoration. The flight was made from Brooklyn, New York, USA and the aircraft was moved to Reading, Pennsylvania later in the day. Owned and operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, the aircraft will be exhibited as a museum of the Cold War in a similar manner as the Foundation does with their world-famous C-54 "Spirit of Freedom" Berlin Airlift exhibit. You can help keep this "Big Bad Boeing" airworthy by visiting their website and becoming a supporter!

  • 13 November: A 1955 North American T-28B Trojan, N8574 (Bu.No. 138291), crashed shortly after takeoff in Guatemala City, Guatemala, under unknown circumstances. Both the pilot and passenger were injured. The aircraft was destroyed in the ensuing fire, which took over an hour to extinguish. [Local news>>]

December 2017:

  • 5 December: A 1950 North American AT-6G Texan, N2996Q (s/n 49-3071) flipped over upon landing in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. [Local news>>]



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