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megimoo
09-16-2011, 09:39 PM
Authorities say race pilot Jimmy Leeward has died after a crash at the Reno Air Races. This weekend's races are also canceled.....A REMSA representative says nearly 21 people were admitted to Renown Regional Medical Center.....Witnesses say the plane was about 400-500 feet in the air when it nosedived and crashed at the Reno-Stead Airport around 4:30pm.

Our reporter Chris Ciarlo says the P51 WWII Mustang was third in contention during the gold heat when the crash happened.....The plane DID NOT hit the stands, it hit nearby tables instead....Leeward piloted the Galloping Ghost....A second reporter on scene, Paul Nelson says it appears the Mustang hit halfway down the stands. Crime tape now covers the area.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ufv8rKS6mc


http://www.ktvn.com/story/15483678/plane-crash-at-air-races-at-reno-stead-airport

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'Horrific scene of bodies, wreckage'...
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9PPV8881&show_article=1
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More than 75 injured, 25 critically... Developing..
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9PPV8881&show_article=1.
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PILOT WAS 80 YEARS OLD..
Aviation magazine features local pilot’s P-51 racer

Ocala aviator and movie stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward recently made an easy transition from the big screen to a magazine cover and centerfold.

The developer of Leeward Air Ranch and his P-51 Mustang racer are featured in the December issue of Air Classics, a magazine by Chatsworth, Calif.-based Challenge Publications, which has hit the stands at Books-A-Million in Ocala....A 24-page section includes coverage of the 47th National Championship Air Races & Air Show held in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 15-19, and there is a separate story and photo spread featuring Leeward and his P-51 Mustang racer, the “Galloping Ghost.”..Leeward believes the Halloween weekend turned out to be an ideal release time for the story.....It’s a ghost of another kind,” he said of his plane.

http://www.ocala.com/article/20101031/ARTICLES/101039922?p=all&tc=pgall
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Rockntractor
09-16-2011, 09:56 PM
There are at least six dead now.

namvet
09-16-2011, 09:57 PM
now breaking on media's


DEVELOPING: RENO, Nev. -- An airplane crashed Friday into a crowd attending an air race here, injuring dozens in what one event official described as a "mass-casualty situation."

A medical official later said more than 75 people had been injured, including 25 critically. There was no official word on deaths, though one report put the toll as high as 12 and the crash near the grandstands left a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/16/plane-crashes-at-nevada-air-race/#ixzz1YAee6llG

http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/abc_reno_air_show_crash_lt2_110916_xwide.jpg

SarasotaRepub
09-16-2011, 09:57 PM
Terrible news!

megimoo
09-16-2011, 10:16 PM
P-51H Mustang

Data from The Great Book of Fighters

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
Height: 11 ft 1 in (3.38 m)
Wing area: 235 ft² (21.83 m²)
Empty weight: 7,040 lb (3,195 kg)
Loaded weight: 9,500 lb (4,310 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,215 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Packard V-1650-9 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12,
1,490 hp (1,111 kW) at 3,000 rpm, 2,220 hp (1,655 kW) at WEP

Performance

Maximum speed: 487 mph (784 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Range: 1,160 mi (1,865 km) with external tanks
Service ceiling: 41,600 ft (12,700 m)
Rate of climb: 3,300 ft/min (16.8 m/s)
Wing loading: 40.4 lb/ft² (197.4 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.23 hp/lb (385 W/kg)

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megimoo
09-16-2011, 10:24 PM
Reports of 12 Dead at Least 30 Critically Injured at Reno Air Races

Multiple fatalities at the Reno Air Races after an Unlimited plane crashed into the grandstand soon after take-off. Unlimited plane has crashed at the Reno Air Races just after 4 p.m. that has killed 12 people and injured at least 30 Friday, hitting people seated in the box seats in the grandstand...... According to witnesses pilot Jimmy Leeward was flying the Galloping Ghost, that went down soon after take-off during the beginning of the Unlimited race. The Unlimited plane slid into the grandstand, box seats injurying dozens of spectators. Reno-Stead airport authorities are asking everyone

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Reports_of_12_Dead_and_As_Many_as_30_Injured_at_Re no_Air_Races_129997833.html

megimoo
09-16-2011, 10:26 PM
There are at least six dead now.
Twelve.now,..thirty more are critical...

namvet
09-16-2011, 10:47 PM
im watching the vid on CNN. this thing came down in a steep vertical dive at high speed. but no explosion or fireball. just kicked up dust. im wondering if he ran outta fuel

namvet
09-16-2011, 10:49 PM
P-51H Mustang

Data from The Great Book of Fighters

General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
Height: 11 ft 1 in (3.38 m)
Wing area: 235 ft² (21.83 m²)
Empty weight: 7,040 lb (3,195 kg)
Loaded weight: 9,500 lb (4,310 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,215 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Packard V-1650-9 liquid-cooled supercharged V-12,
1,490 hp (1,111 kW) at 3,000 rpm, 2,220 hp (1,655 kW) at WEP

Performance

Maximum speed: 487 mph (784 km/h) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Range: 1,160 mi (1,865 km) with external tanks
Service ceiling: 41,600 ft (12,700 m)
Rate of climb: 3,300 ft/min (16.8 m/s)
Wing loading: 40.4 lb/ft² (197.4 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.23 hp/lb (385 W/kg)

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originally came with the allison engine. then the brits dropped a roles royce merlin in and it became history

megimoo
09-16-2011, 11:54 PM
originally came with the allison engine. then the brits dropped a roles royce merlin in and it became history

That seems to the the story with most great WWII aircraft..They all start out with an underpowered engine and do poorly until they finally get a better engine...

The XF4U-1 powered by an XR-2800-4 prototype F4U Corsair.It started out with an Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp twin-row, 18-cylinder radial engine, rated at 1,805 hp..The F4U-1D (Corsair Mk IV): Built in parallel with the F4U-1C, but was introduced in April 1944. It had the new.-8W water-injection engine. This change gave the aircraft up to 250 hp (190 kW) more power, over 2000 hp, which, in turn, increased performance. Speed, for example, was boosted from 417 miles per hour (671 km/h) to 425 miles per hour (684 km/h).

SarasotaRepub
09-17-2011, 08:33 AM
Now "at least 3 dead" ??? (http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/17/nevada.plane.crash/index.html) Numbers are jumping around...

namvet
09-17-2011, 09:37 AM
http://a57.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/U.S./660/371/091711_nevada1.jpg

http://a57.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/U.S./660/371/091711_nevada2.jpg

http://a57.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/U.S./660/371/091711_nevada3.jpg

no fireball or explosion. the pilot was 80 years old