A still photo captured the moment a modified P-51 Mustang slammed into the crowd at the 2011 Reno Air Races. On September 16, 2011, The Galloping Ghost, a highly modified North American P-51D Mustang racing aircraft, crashed into spectators while competing at the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot, James K. "Jimmy" Leeward, and ten people on the ground.Sixty-nine more people on the ground were injured. NTSB: Plane topped limits in 2011 Reno race crash In this Sept. 16, 2011 file photo, A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show in Reno… A P-51 Mustang airplane is shown right before crashing at the Reno Air show on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Reno, Nevada. Leeward took the plane to 530 mph (850 km/h) during the race, about 40 mph (65 km/h) faster than he had gone previously. The modifications were meant to improve aerodynamics by reducing drag and hence increase top speed. Nevada air race tragedy Veteran airman among dead in Reno crash [11], Leeward called the modifications of the plane "radical." 2011-09-20T18:09:46+00:00; Duration: 01:26 Authorities have identified seven of the 10 people who died following a crash at an air show in Reno, Nevada, on Friday. The Reno Air Races turned disastrous Friday when a P-51 Mustang aircraft crashed into the spectator area. [14][15] This aircraft (having been renamed to Voodoo) was in attendance at the 2011 race, and nearby at the time of the accident. In 1999, another highly modified P-51 called Miss Ashley II, piloted by Gary Levitz, experienced rudder flutter during an unlimited race at the Reno Air Races. However, they were still attempting to extract information from an onboard data memory card found among damaged aircraft components and other debris scattered over more than two acres following the crash, as well as hundreds of photos and dozens of videos provided by spectators.[19]. An American flag and the POW flag fly at half-staff as a grandstand is shown in background and a plane rests in the foreground at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. The former United States Air Force aircraft, serial number 44-15651, was owned by Aero Trans Corp in Ocala, Florida. This led to a fatigue crack in an attachment screw and allowed the trim tab to flutter. The list includes the pilot, … Selling breakfast at the air races is the troop's most lucrative fundraiser; in one day this week, the troop sold $600 in tickets. Reno, Nevada air show, kills 9 people and injures more! An American flag and the POW flag fly at half-staff as a grandstand is shown in background and a plane rests in the foreground at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. On September 16, 2011, The Galloping Ghost, a highly modified North American P-51D Mustang racing aircraft, crashed into spectators while competing at the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot, James K. "Jimmy" Leeward, and ten people on the ground. [17] A photograph taken just before the crash showed the airplane inverted and part of the left elevator trim tab missing. [10] It was flown by a series of pilots under a variety of names, including Miss Candace from 1969 to 1978 and Jeannie in 1981. FULL COVERAGE: Deadly crash at Reno air show. After an engine failure at the 1989 Reno Air Races forced Leeward to land the airplane on a dirt road, the aircraft did not appear at the races between 1990 and 2009. 2011 Reno Air Races crash. 10 Killed In Reno Air Races Crash Shared Love Of Aviation. 2011 Reno Air Races crash is within the scope of WikiProject Nevada, which aims to improve Wikipedia's coverage of the U.S. state of Nevada.If you would like to participate, visit the project page. 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The NTSB thoroughly investigated the extensive modifications made to the airplane. [8] The wings had been clipped a further 3 ft (0.9 m) each side on top of the 4 ft (1.2 m) reduction in span earlier in its life. There was no fire. The Reno Air Races, officially known as the National Championship Air Races, is a multi-day event tailored to the aviation community that takes place each September at the Reno Stead Airport a few miles north of Reno, Nevada. Pilot Jimmy Leeward,%uFEFF 74, of Ocala, Fla., a veteran airman and stunt pilot who named his P-51 Mustang fighter plane the "Galloping Ghost". [9], On September 18, 1970, the airplane (then known as Miss Candace) crashed while attempting an emergency landing caused by an engine failure during that year's Reno Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport. Media in category "2011 Reno Air Races crash" The following 8 files are in this category, out of 8 total. September 16 2011 Reno Air Races crash Pilot Jimmy Leeward lost control of his highly modified P-51D Mustang "Galloping Ghost" and crashed into spectators at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show, killing 10 spectators, injuring 69 spectators and killing himself. Untested and undocumented modifications to the airplane contributed to the accident. Originally published September 22, 2011 at 12:00 am Updated September 22, 2011 at 6:07 am Eleven people were killed when a vintage fighter plane crashed at a Reno air race: Share story [16], The day after the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began examining whether part of the empennage had come off before the crash. The Galloping Ghost was a highly modified former military plane that in 2010 had come out of retirement after undergoing major modifications, including removal of the underbelly radiator and installation of a "boil-off" cooling system, as well as other modifications that the owner described as designed to make the plane more efficient. Reno, Nevada air show, kills 9 people and injures more! The modifications had made the aircraft lighter and reduced drag but decreased stability. Reno police on Saturday raised the death toll in the crash of a World War II-era plane at an air race, bringing the total to 9, including the pilot. When he regained consciousness, the plane had climbed to more than 9,000 feet (2,750 m), and he brought it in for a safe landing. It’s September 16, 2011, and the Galloping Ghost, a modified P-51 Mustang, is performing well at the Reno National Championship Air Races. In 2010, the Galloping Ghost returned to the Reno races. Air racing is billed as "the world's fastest motor sport" and Reno is one of the few remaining venues. 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