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D · November 13, 2022 at 1:35 pm

Damn. The Flying Fortress is a beautiful plane. My heart goes out to the families of the crews involved. 🙁

why not?? · November 14, 2022 at 8:43 am

Some sources (pilots) on another site said there were two P-63 (?) and the tail was trying to regain positioning with the lead. In doing so, lost situational awareness and struck the other aircraft. This is not that common but does happen – think of the USAF Thunderbirds that everyone (other than lead) flies based off the other’s position…… and augered in (1982).. The Blue Angels are not exempt with a mid-air collision between 2 of them (1990).

    Aesop · November 14, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    “Not that common” is cold consolation to the families of the people killed, and no one writes “pilot couldn’t see where he was going on a clear day” in the “Reason for accident” block.
    The only accident here was the good fortune that no wreckage or flaming debris from either a/c injured or killed anyone else on the ground.
    The collision was sheer stupidity, as multiple other angles illustrate.

    Like the sea, aerial flight is unforgiving, particularly of people with more horsepower than IQ points.

    Sad, tragic, and wholly unnecessary loss, all over the ‘net.

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