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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:

  • 8 December: One DeHavilland DH-100 Vampire was destroyed and another one severely damaged in a hangar fire at the Paris-Villaroche Airport, France. [News link>>]

  • 12 December: The pilot of a 1958 Hawker Hunter Mk.58, N323AX, operated by a defense contractor, ejected from the aircraft after takeoff from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The pilot sustained back injuries and was rescued by the Coast Guard and local boaters. The aircraft was destroyed. [Local news, including videos>>]

  • 31 December: A North American XP-82 Twin Mustang N887XP (s/n 44-83887), the only one currently airworthy, made its first post-restoration flight in Douglas, Georgia, USA. Restorer Tom Reilly and his team acquired parts of the aircraft from a private collection in 2008, as well as from numerous and diverse other sources. Today's 5-minute flight was actually an accidental flight, intended to be only a high-speed taxi and a brief liftoff. [More information>>]

January 2019:

  • 13 January: Yet another deHavilland Mosquito has joined the ranks of airworthy "Mossies." ZK-BCV (PZ474), owned by collector Rod Lewis, made its first post-restoration flight in Auckland, New Zealand. There are now four airworthy examples of the type. Congratulations to Avspecs, Ltd on their accomplishment! [More information>>]

  • 21 January: A 1942 AMI DC-3-65TP (formerly Douglas C-47A Dakota) N467KS (s/n 43-15709) struck powerlines and trees, and crashed shortly after takeoff in Apple Creek, Ohio, USA. Both pilots were killed, and the aircraft was substantially destroyed. The aircraft was a turbine conversion of a vintage DC-3. Initial reports suggest the aircraft may have had engine troubles before the crash. [Editor's Note: We are sad to report that one of the pilots was Brian Stoltzfus, owner of Preferred Airparts, a noted supplier of parts in the warbird industry, as well as a well-known restoration and maintenance shop. Our condolences to the pilots' families, and to the employees of Preferred Airparts.] [Local news>>]

  • 28 January: The first official flight of Tom Reilly's North American XP-82 Twin Mustang, N887XP, was performed in Douglas, Georgia. (See 31 December entry above). The flight appeared to go well.

February 2019:

  • 10 February: The pilot of a 1942 deHavilland DH82A Tiger Moth, VH-KNX, performed a successful emergency landing on a beach in New South Wales, Australia, after a partial power loss. The aircraft was not damaged. [News report>>]

  • 27 February: A 1943 Supermarine Spitfire T.9, G-CTIX (PT462), made a belly landing at Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK. Neither the pilot nor passenger were injured, and the aircraft is expected to be fully repaired.

March 2019:

  • 5 March: A Martin WB-57F Canberra, N928NA, a high-altitude weather research plane operated by NASA, left the paved runway surface during a takeoff attempt in Houston, Texas, USA. Reports indicate the incident may have been caused by a landing gear malfunction. Neither crewmember aboard was injured, and the aircraft appeared to be undamaged. [News report>>]

  • 10 March: A 1953 North American T-28B Trojan, N55500 (Bu.No. 137716) crashed near Escuintla, Guatemala while performing aerobatics at a public auto show. The passenger died in the accident, and the pilot died later at the hospital. The aircraft was destroyed. The pilot had been involved with at least two other recent accidents, including one other destroyed T-28, and had had his Guatemalan pilot's certificate revoked. [Local news report>>]

  • 11 March: A Cessna L-19E Birddog, N4431C (c/n 24549), crashed into a house on a residential airport community in Benton, Kansas, USA, while practicing touch and go's. One of the two pilots suffered minor injuries. The other was uninjured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. [Local news report>>]

  • 13 March: A 1956 North American T-28B Trojan, N5440F (Bu.No. 138294), collided with a Cessna 152 while landing in Compton (Los Angeles), California, USA. The Trojan pilot reportedly did not see the other aircraft on the runway due to the setting sun. A student pilot in the Cessna was killed, and the instructor was critically injured. The T-28 pilot reportedly suffered no injuries. [Local news>>]

  • 16 March: A 1942 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, N1226N (s/n 42-105867), suffered the collapse of its left main landing gear upon landing in Houston, Texas, USA. The pilot was not injured, and the aircraft was not seriously damaged except for its propeller (and, presumably, its engine). [Video of aircraft after the incident>]

April 2019:

  • 13 April: A SIAI-Marchetti S.211, VH-CBL, made an emergency landing in a field after an engine failure near Goolwa, South Australia. During its rollout, the tail of the aircraft passed under an irrigation sprinkler pipe, severing part of the rudder and vertical stabilizer. Both occupants were uninjured, and damage to the aircraft appears to be relatively minor. The owner/pilot, a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot, said the "throttle stopped responding" and he could not make it back to the airport. [Local news link>>]

  • 19 April: A 1989 Nanchang CJ-6, N621JM, was substantially damaged during landing in Grass Valley, California, USA. The aircraft came to rest inverted after reportedly losing its wheel brakes and overrunning the runway. Both occupants suffered minor injuries, but were able to walk to an ambulance. [News link>>]

  • 21 April: A Yakovlev Yak-11 (Let C.11), F-AZYA (c/n 172624) overturned during landing in Maintz, Germany. The pilot suffered minor injuries, and the plane was substantially damaged. [News link>>]

  • 22 April: A 1944 Northrop N-9M-B Flying Wing, N9MB, crashed in Norco, California, USA under unknown circumstances. The pilot was killed in the accident. The N-9M was operated by the Planes of Fame Air Museum, and was the only one of its kind still in existence. [News link>>]

  • 28 April: A 1941 Boeing PT-17 Stearman, N68825 (s/n 75-5708), lost engine power, and the pilot made an emergency landing on a beach at Discovery Bay, Washington, USA. The aircraft was substantially damaged after cartwheeling on landing. One of the occupants was able to get out of the airplane, and the other had to be extricated by rescue personnel. Both men were taken to the hospital, but are expected to make a full recovery. [Local news>>]

May 2019:

  • 1 May: A 3/4-scale replica of a Fieseler Fi156C Storch, N156LZ was substantially damaged after an emergency landing shortly after takeoff in Upland, California, USA. The pilot had to be extricated from the airplane, and suffered critical injuries. [Local news>>]  [Editor's Note: Normally, we do not report on incidents involving replica aircraft. However, this aircraft was painted with authentic Luftwaffe and Nazi markings, and has resulted in a firestorm of public outcry from a general public that does not always appreciate authentic World War II markings. Perhaps this a good opportunity to re-pledge ourselves to the task of educating as many people as possible about WWII history, and helping them to understand why it's important that we don't forget it.]

  • 3 May: A 1942 Douglas C-47A Dakota, C-GJKM, operated by Buffalo Airways, made a forced landing near Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada, after experiencing a total loss of engine power on one engine, followed by a partial loss of power on the remaining engine. Neither crewmember was injured, but the aircraft was substantially damaged. [News link>>]

  • 3 May: Wilson "Connie" Edwards of Big Spring, Texas passed away at the age of 85. Edwards was well-known in the U.S. warbird community as a pilot and prolific aircraft collector. His long obituary highlights some of his numerous accomplishments and affiliations. [Obituary>>] [Warbird Digest article>>]

  • 9 May: A 1959 Hawker Hunter Mk.58, N343AX, operated by a government contractor, departed the paved runway surface during landing in Newport News, Virginia, USA. The pilot was not reported to be injured. Damage to the aircraft is unknown. [Twitter news link>>]

  • 13 May: A 1976 SIAI-Marchetti SM.1019, N772DW, had a landing incident that resulted in the plane resting on its nose in Bozeman, Montana, USA. The two occupants were not injured. The plane was substantially damaged.

  • 14 May: A 1952 Chance-Vought F4U-7 Corsair, N965CV, experienced an accident during takeoff in Jerome, Idaho, USA. Witnesses report the aircraft attempted to takeoff, but didn't get very far into the air before coming back down. The aircraft came to rest off the end of the runway and was substantially damaged. The condition of the pilot is not known. [Local news>>]  


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