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Author Topic: A Terrible Tragedy at the Reno Air Races Yesterday.  (Read 1039 times)
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« on: September 17, 2011, 05:08 PM »

I am grateful to be alive today!
I was only about 10 boxes or approximately 100' to the left of where he went in.
Presently only 9 confirmed dead and over 50 injuries.
It could have been MUCH worse, having the P-51 pointed straight down on me and my guests for a few milliseconds. I have attended almost all of the 48 years of this event but this is the only day i wish not  to remember. My heart goes out to the pilots family and spectators affected by it.
I'm still in shock today...


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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 05:16 PM »

 Huh Wow! Dan you are a blessed man. I was not there but my heart felt prayers will go out to those affected. I'm glad you are ok Dan.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2011, 05:47 PM »

It has been a bad year for the airshow circuit and the hits keep coming.  A T28 crashed at Martinsburg VA today.
Aviation is very unforgiving.  Once something starts to go wrong the outcome is usually not good....
Hopefully the "sky is falling" crowd will not put an end to airshows and air racing.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2011, 06:06 PM »

Wow, what can I say.  My thoughts go out to all the injured and dead.  Dano, you are a lucky man.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2011, 07:57 PM »

It has been a bad year for the airshow circuit and the hits keep coming.  A T28 crashed at Martinsburg VA today.
Aviation is very unforgiving.  Once something starts to go wrong the outcome is usually not good....
Hopefully the "sky is falling" crowd will not put an end to airshows and air racing.
  +1 on this.   Glad your ok Dano.  Its a shame that this happened but air shows are still one of the safest forms of entertainment out there.  I haven't caught the pilots name anyone have a link to reports?
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2011, 08:02 PM »

Local news..
www.rgj.com
http://www.kolotv.com/


This is their website, but basically all info has been pulled from the site for now..
http://airrace.org/
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2011, 01:18 PM »

I was in a small crowd in Ft Bragg in the early 90s when, during a capabilities exercises display, a C-130 slammed into the ground and then exploded.  I have never seen so many strong men cry in my life.  Sad day...
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 03:49 PM »

Dano

So glad you are OK.  I know exactly what you mean about not wanting to remember the event.  Lynn and I went the year Tommy Thompson, I think he was from Sacramento, went straight in on the back stretch of the short course.  I think it was in the late 70s. 

It's really too bad that there is danger of that degree involved.  It's such a rush when the big boys come by at speed.  The whine and roar of those Rolls Royce Merline engines, and the big radials is like no other sound. 
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