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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    As it happened, only the pilot was killed. This could have been a major disaster.

    A 77-year-old has no business flying upside down 8 feet from the ground on purpose.
    Stunt flying is for young pilots.
    If it was a mechanical failure, a young pilot would have crashed, too.
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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    If it was a mechanical failure, a young pilot would have crashed, too.
    Nah, he's have gotten out and fixed it.
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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    The pilots that fly these vintage aircraft are old because they are the experts at flying these things. Most of these crashes are due to a aircraft malfunction, not pilot error. They simply are not as reliable of aircraft as modern airplanes.

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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    By the time most people are 77 years old, they're taking various medications, their reflexes have slowed dramatically, their eyesight and depth perception has changed. One has to wonder what kind of annual review is being done to assure that these people are safe -- not only for themselves, but for the observers. Many 77-year-olds I've known shouldn't even be driving.
    If he's flying aerobatics for money he would have had at least a commercial pilot certificate and held at least a 2nd class medical. 2nd class medicals require passing a physical with an aviation medical examiner once a year. The FAA has a list of conditions and medications a mile long that are disqualifying or require further documentation from medical specialists. I have an abnormal EKG but no underlying heart problems. Even so after it was found I had to provide the AME with reams of documentation and test results from a cardiologist before they'd issue my 2nd class medical. I'd hazard that most 77 year active pilots are in better shape than their peers.
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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Tighten your shoulder harness some more. Glue a piece of foam to the canopy.
    Lol. After the first time it happened I got into the plane and tightened the harness to the point where it was literally cutting into my shoulders. The instructor just laughed because that's apparently what everyone does. Helped a little but in truth they don't build those birds for 6' 250 pound guys.
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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    What about the acrobats that all fell from the ceiling Saturday during a circus performance? None died but they all fell 40 feet. I suspect life altering spinal injuries.

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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Nah, he's have gotten out and fixed it.
    Put his air-brakes on?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    There is smoke coming from the plane before it crashes:


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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    There is smoke coming from the plane before it crashes:

    Great find.

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    Re: Pilot killed in air show crash at California Air Force base

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    As it happened, only the pilot was killed. This could have been a major disaster.

    A 77-year-old has no business flying upside down 8 feet from the ground on purpose.
    Stunt flying is for young pilots.
    Probably a better pilot than most 27 year olds, but it is inherently dangerous. Plays the game, takes the chances.

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