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BMEP100
11-22-2018, 04:03 AM
Private P51 crashed last weekend.

https://www.dailytrib.com/2018/11/18/plane-crash-in-fredericksburg-kills-burnet-pilot-wwii-veteran/

C-47 crash same area a couple months before.

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20180721-0

There is talk of FAA placing further restrictions on “Museum war bird flying”.


PerfInit
11-22-2018, 09:40 AM
Warbirds will keep crashing until there are no more left flying. Too many rich peeps with no real experience, training or proficiency.

TiredSoul
11-22-2018, 01:14 PM
You forgot old in that list.


JohnBurke
11-22-2018, 02:11 PM
Warbirds will keep crashing until there are no more left flying. Too many rich peeps with no real experience, training or proficiency.

Cowden had given hundreds of WWII veterans rides in the P51.

That's more flights than many WWII P51 pilots had total.

TiredSoul
11-22-2018, 06:03 PM
Cowden had given hundreds of WWII veterans rides in the P51.

That's more flights than many WWII P51 pilots had total.

Yep, and he crashed and died.

JohnBurke
11-22-2018, 08:50 PM
Yep, and he crashed and died.

To date, neither financial state nor age nor the number of flight hours one has ticked off in a book have proven to prevent crashing, or dying.

Excargodog
11-23-2018, 08:41 AM
It isn't necessarily the age of the aircraft or the pilot. A moment's complacency is all it takes. Here is a mishap involving an older aircraft:

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20020328-0

And granted, it WAS an older aircraft, but it had been restored to like new condition by the original manufacturer (spared no expense) and the initial test flight after restoration was done by the professional test pilots for that manufacturer who by anyone's standards woukd have been considered exceptionally well qualified. And the restoration had been done perfectly, and the flight was going great...until they ran it out of gas.

Fortunately, no one was hurt when the aircraft was ditched. It got pulled out, rebuilt AGAIN, and eventually flown off to the Smithsonian's display facility in Chantilly VA.