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October 2016:

  • 1 October: A 1944 Culver PQ-14A Cadet, N4648, crashed into a bank building in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. [Local news>>]

  • 2 October: A 1945 North American P-51D Mustang, G-MSTG (s/n 45-11518) ("Janie") crashed near Bungay, Norfolk, UK, at Hardwick Airfield, formerly RAF Hardwick. The aircraft's passenger was killed and the pilot is in critical condition. The aircraft was destroyed. [Local news>>]

  • 21 October: A Nanchang CJ-6A, N10EB (c/n 1532010), collided with another CJ-6 (registration unknown) and crashed during a formation flight near Waycross, Georgia. The pilot was killed. The other aircraft was damaged, but the pilot returned and landed safely. [Initial news report>>]

  • 25 October: Legendary fighter pilot, test pilot, airshow performer, and inspiration Robert A. "Bob" Hoover passed away at the age of 94. Bob was considered by many pilots to be the greatest pilot who ever lived. His exploits in the Army Air Corps and the US Air Force were worthy of the many books and movies that featured his life story. He will be sorely missed. [AOPA's tribute article>>]  [Information about the Celebration of Life Service on 18 November 2016>>]

  • 29 October: A landing gear door from a North American TB-215N Mitchell bomber, N25YR ("Yellow Rose"), fell off the aircraft and came to rest in the back yard of a house in Dallas, Texas, USA during the "Wings Over Dallas" airshow. The aircraft landed safely, and no one on the ground was injured. [Local news>>]

November 2016:

  • 15 November: A Ryan STA Special, VH-SQD (c/n 193), made an emergency landing alongside a freeway in Frankston, Victoria, Australia. The aircraft was heavily damaged, but the pilot escaped with only minor injuries. [News report>>]

  • 26 November: A 1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N999WY (c/n 75-4623), suffered an engine failure and made a forced landing near Molo, Nakaru, Kenya. The aircraft came to rest inverted and was substantially damaged, but neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured. The father/daughter crew was participating in the "Crete to Cape" vintage air rally. [News link>>]

December 2016:

  • 10 December: A 1943 Hiller OH-23B Raven helicopter, N5776 (c/n 534), impacted the ground near Tynan, Texas, USA. The pilot was seriously injured, and the aircraft was heavily damaged. [Local news coverage>>]

  • 21 December: The long, glorious US military career of the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom came to an end today at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, USA, as a flight of at least four QF-4s flew a ceremonial final flight. First flown 58 years ago, the F-4 successfully served in multiple roles and was generally beloved by its pilots, maintenance crews, and fans. In recent years, the only military operator in the US was the Air Force's 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, which operated them as manned and unmanned target drones. Only a single F-4 is owned and flown by a civilian organization, but a second one is under restoration to flying condition in California. [Link: "The Final Mission: The USAF's QF-4 Target Drones>>]

  • 30 December: A 1956 Hawker FB.10 Sea Fury, N254SF ("Sea Hawk"), suffered the collapse of its landing gear upon landing in Denver, Colorado, USA. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft's landing gear, left wingtip and propeller were damaged. This same aircraft was damaged in a similar accident in May of 2015. [Local news report>>]

January 2017:

  • 27 January: A 1947 Chance-Vought F4U-5N Corsair, VH-III (Bu.No. 124493), landed with its landing gear retracted at Maitland Aerodrome, Rutherford, NSW, Australia. Video footage shows the aircraft stopping quickly on the grass runway. The pilot was not injured, and damage to the aircraft appears to be minimal. Discussions about the cause of the incident center around a possible loss of hydraulic pressure. [Video of the incident>>]

  • 29 January: A UTVA 66, YU-DLL (c/n51102), made a forced landing in a field near Eschbronn-Mariazell, Germany after apparently running out of fuel, and was substantially damaged in the hard landing. The pilot suffered head and neck injuries. [News report>>]

February 2017:

  • 4 February: A 1942 deHavilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, G-ANSM (c/n 82909) made a forced landing in a field near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK. Damage to the airplane appears to be minor. There is conflicting information about injuries to the pilot.

  • 6 February: A modified North American T-6 Texan called a "Super-6," N426KS, crashed near Morganton, North Carolina, USA, after suffering engine problems. The owner/pilot was allegedly rescued from the fiery crash by two local residents. [Local news report>>]

  • 11 February: A Beechcraft T-34B Mentor, N18PS, left the paved surface of the runway while landing in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured, but the aircraft appears to have sustained damage to at least its landing gear, propeller, and engine. [Local report>>]

  • 14 February: A Yakovlev Yak-52, G-CBSS, made an emergency landing near Couvin, Belgium after an engine problem. The pilot suffered a broken leg, and the airplane was damaged beyond repair.

  • 16 February: A 1957 Beechcraft T-34A Mentor, N3434G, clipped trees and crashed at a private airfield near Vada, Georgia, USA. The owner/pilot was killed and the aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news report>>]

  • 18 February: The Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is pleased to announce the first flight of their Bell P-63A Kingcobra in over 40 years, including 16 years of restoration. The aircraft, N191H (s/n 42-68941) was retired as a test aircraft and sold off the military roster in 1946, and is one of only four flyable P-63s in the world. [Dixie Wing P-63 article and photos>>]

  • 23 February: A 1976 Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, VH-KVZ, came to rest in the grass next to the runway with its nose gear and left main landing gear retracted at Bankstown Airport near Sydney, Australia. Reports differ on whether the aircraft was taking off or landing at the time. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured. The aircraft appears to be mostly undamaged, but fire crews appeared to be cleaning up some spilled fuel from the incident. [Local news report>>]

March 2017:

  • 1 March: A deHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, ZK-BRM, struck an obstruction on takeoff near Blenheim, New Zealand, which apparently detached one of the main landing gear wheels. The aircraft then returned for a landing, which resulted in the aircraft coming to rest on its belly in a dry riverbed. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured [News report>>]

  • 14 March: Noted warbird collector/pilot and businessman Thomas Friedkin passed away at age 81. Mr. Friedkin appeared in several movies as both a helicopter pilot and fixed-wing pilot. His F4U Corsair was used in the TV series "Baa Baa Black Sheep," in which he was also a pilot. He owned aircraft as diverse as a P-38 Lightning, Spitfire, MiG-15, F-86 Sabre, P-47 Thunderbolt, F4F Wildcat, and many more. [News article>>]

  • 27 March: An Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, OM-JLP, landed with its landing gear retracted at Silač, Slovakia. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, and the aircraft appeared to suffer only minor damage. [News report>>]

April 2017:

  • 1 April: Several tenants at the Chino, California airport, including the Yanks Air Museum and Flying Tigers Aviation, have sued the Planes of Fame Air Museum in an effort to stop their annual airshow. Among other things, the plaintiffs allege that the airshow is unfair competition, is a nuisance, and causes a loss of business and trespassing. [More information>>]  [Sign the petition to stop the lawsuit>>]

  • 1 April: A 1944 North American SNJ-5 Texan, N29965 (c/n 90634), made a forced landing in a field near Punta Gorda, Florida, USA after an engine malfunction. The pilot was not injured, and the passenger suffered only a minor scratch on his arm. Damage to the aircraft is unknown. [Local news report>>]

  • 8 April: A 1949 North American T-6G Texan, N3167G (s/n 49-3272), ended up on its back after landing in Culpeper, Virginia, USA. Law enforcement officials said the aircraft ran off the side of the runway and overturned. Both the pilot and passenger were taken to local hospitals with undetermined injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [News report>>]

  • 18 April: The National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, USA celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Retired LtCol. Dick Cole, the last surviving Raider, was in attendance. In addition to flyovers from two modern B-1 Lancer bombers, 11 vintage B-25 Mitchell bombers performed a formation flyover during the ceremony. [News report and videos>>]

  • 19 April: A North American SNJ-5 Texan, N7969C (s/n 42-84535), suffered a loss of directional control on landing in Van Nuys, California, USA. The aircraft ground-looped and ended up in the grass next to the runway. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured. Damage to the airplane is unknown.

  • 23 April: Javier Arango, a noted collector, restorer, and pilot of vintage WWI aircraft, was killed in the crash of a replica Nieuport 28 fighter, N6190, near Paso Robles, California, USA. [Local news>>]  [2012 Air & Space magazine article: "Mr. Arango's Aeroplanes">>]

  • 23 April: A 1956 deHavilland DH-115/T.55 Vampire, N115DH (c/n 866), left the runway surface during a landing in Pontiac, Michigan, USA. Neither occupant was injured. Damage to the aircraft was reported as minor.

  • 25 April: Plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop the annual Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino, California have dropped their suit, allowing the airshow to be held in May. However, they have indicated that they will continue to pursue their legal action against future airshows. [More details>>]

  • 27 April: A 1975 Nanchang CJ-6A, N192NG (c/n 3051217), crashed in remote, rugged terrain near Keene, California, USA, under unknown circumstances. The pilot was killed in the accident. [Local news report>>]


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