My folks attended the 47th Annual National Championship Air Races and Air Show held two weeks ago in Reno, Nevada. Upon their return home they received these images of a WWII replica P-51 Mustang crash that occurred during the event.
Pilot George Giboney was running in the Super Sport Gold race when his airplane named, ‘Rapid Travel’ went down shortly after take-off. Amazingly, George was virtually unharmed during the incident and managed to climb out of the wreckage, then signal to the crowd that he was OK before being transported to a hospital.
Crash sequence below, or (click here).
The Reno air races have been held every year since 1964 and draw crowds from all over the world.
The winner of the Breitling Unlimited Gold Race was Steve Hinton for a second year in a row who said it was a bittersweet victory.
Wiki – The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range single-seat World War II fighter aircraft. Designed and built in just 117 days, the Mustang first flew in Royal Air Force (RAF) service as a fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft before conversion to a bomber escort, employed in raids over Germany, helping ensure Allied air superiority from early 1944. The P-51 was in service with Allied air forces in Europe and also saw limited service against the Japanese in the Pacific War. The Mustang began the Korean War as the United Nations’ main fighter, but was relegated to a ground attack role when superseded by jet fighters early in the conflict. Nevertheless, it remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s.
Read here: Daily Mail
Hat tip: Mom/Dad