In the U.S. 75 people were injured during the accident at an air show in Nevada PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:16

According to numerous reports, today at 16:30 local time, during an air show Reno Air Races in the U.S. city of Reno, Nev., plane fell on a crowd of spectators. According to the Associated Press, as a result of explosion of the plane hit at least 75 people, 25 of them are in serious condition, 25 in critical condition, reported about 12 dead. As eyewitnesses, one of the planes involved in the show and performing aerobatics in the air shortly after takeoff, and began to dip down to the podium and with the spectators, witnesses reported, that the plane crashed almost vertically. Mike Houghton, one of the organizers of the airshow Reno Air Races, at a press conference said, that it was a famous fighter of World War II - "Mustang" R 51, driven by famous aviator Jimmy Leeward, who died in a collision with ground. Jimmy Leeward was a professional pilot who took part in 120 air shows, to perform the most difficult aerobatic maneuvers. Despite his age, 74 years old, he took part in the films as a fighter pilot. According to preliminary data, the collision occurred because the pilot lost control, presumably due to a faulty plane. Despite the fact that some investigators call the aircraft P-51 Mustang as the best American fighter of World War II, it had its drawbacks. Fighter P-51 Mustang began his military history as a model NA-73H, established in accordance with technical requirements of the Air Force of Great Britain from April 1940. Because of the complicated military situation at the front, a prototype was created for 120 days earlier, than planned, so it had to urgently establish a special Allison engine.  Such a forcing period of forming a fighter engine, affect the flying qualities of the fighter. The first production of the 320 aircrafts, ordered by Air Force of Great Britain, began flights only on May 1, 1941. The second series of aircraft P-51 Mustang for testing came from the U.S. to the UK in November 1941. Initially named as Mustang Mk1, these aircrafts are shown at various flight tests of the remarkable features at low altitudes, but at an altitude of more than 3660 meters of the aircraft flying P-51 Mustang is considerably deteriorated due to a decrease in Allison  engine.    If the speed of a fighter P-51 Mustang continued to fall further, the fighter was part of the right flank and began to dip. However, the fighter P-51 Mustang in this case easily falls off the wing, but this time it could be correct. It was necessary to add speed engines of fighter P-51 Mustang and turn the rudder in the opposite direction of the slope.   According to the report of official testing of fighter P-51 Mustang, "by means of the rudder and ailerons can control the behavior of fighter P-51 Mustang in the stall, but control of the plane is only possible in a short period of time, after which the fighter is a cool spontaneous barrel." Therefore, the latest fighter P-51 Mustang began to be equipped with Merlin engine. Fighters P-51 Mustang with Allison engine otherwise behaved in a tailspin right and left. In the derivation of fighter P-51 Mustang from the spin, the aircraft could drop the nose almost vertically because of what the fighter P-51D Mustang was not possible to deduce from the spin in less than five or six turns. During the passage of the fighter turns losing altitude 2750-3050 meters, which was very dangerous. The first air show in Reno was held in 1964, organized by Bill Stead, a military pilot, a veteran of World War II. In the entire history of the air show in Reno in incidents killed 19 people. At this time, a special commission to investigate the causes of the crash in  air show Reno Air Races in Nevada that is exploring the eyewitness accounts of how to behave fighter P-51 Mustang before falling to the podium. It is not excluded, that the identified already during the Second World War flying aircraft deficiencies of P-51 Mustang, due to its engine design features, will be studied in detail of the commission to investigate causes of the crash at an air show Reno Air Races.




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