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p-11.cAce
07-28-2007, 02:54 PM
I just returned home from the Dayton airshow after witnessing one of my favorite airshow performers, Jim LeRoy, crash his aircraft "Bulldog" - he did not survive. There was also a fatal accident yesterday at Oshkosh involving 2 P-51's. This is truly a sad day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I do not know what happened at Oshkosh, but in LeRoy's accident imho the alterations made to the performace to accomodate the very low ceilings must have contributed to the accident.
Jim and Skip Stewart were in the opening manuvers of their "Code name: Mary's Lamb" perormance - they had completed the knife edge takeoff pass, and had performed half cuban 8's to reposition for another head on pass at show center. On the 45 deg. down line they were both performing aileron rolls - Skip stopped at 3 and Jim hesitated for a moment then did one more and impacted the ground during the pullout. There was an immediate post-crash fire.
Needless to say this was one of the worst events I have ever personally witnessed - my prayers to Jim's family and friends.

p-11.cAce
07-28-2007, 02:54 PM
I just returned home from the Dayton airshow after witnessing one of my favorite airshow performers, Jim LeRoy, crash his aircraft "Bulldog" - he did not survive. There was also a fatal accident yesterday at Oshkosh involving 2 P-51's. This is truly a sad day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I do not know what happened at Oshkosh, but in LeRoy's accident imho the alterations made to the performace to accomodate the very low ceilings must have contributed to the accident.
Jim and Skip Stewart were in the opening manuvers of their "Code name: Mary's Lamb" perormance - they had completed the knife edge takeoff pass, and had performed half cuban 8's to reposition for another head on pass at show center. On the 45 deg. down line they were both performing aileron rolls - Skip stopped at 3 and Jim hesitated for a moment then did one more and impacted the ground during the pullout. There was an immediate post-crash fire.
Needless to say this was one of the worst events I have ever personally witnessed - my prayers to Jim's family and friends.

Taylortony
07-28-2007, 03:33 PM
Of little comfort to his family, but he went out quick, doing something he loved......... we all should be so lucky in that respect.....

Condolences to his family and friends http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

ploughman
07-28-2007, 04:11 PM
That's terrible. It's been a bad day for air shows and for you too mate, seeing somebody die is a shattering thing and I'm sorry for you, and for the pilot and his family and friends, that what should have been a celebration of flight has become a tragedy.

As Taylortony said, it is of some comfort that he died doing what he loved.

farbertwo
07-28-2007, 04:52 PM
I took this picture in about 1999 in Kalamazoo Michigan. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v210/farber2/?action=view&current=Scan150May232001.jpg

farbertwo
07-28-2007, 04:54 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/farber2/Scan150May232001.jpg

try again

p-11.cAce
07-28-2007, 07:43 PM
Actually that picture is of the P-51 crash at Oshkosh - also a fatality. This is Jim
http://www.ilecamera.com/images/20040618/7509_512.jpg
Jim was the last surviving member of the Masters of Disaster airshow squad that suffered a double fatality back in 2005 at a show in Canada.