Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
The fourth race of the day, a Formula One heat race featuring the two fastest planes in the class began in a routine manner as Race 4, Alley Cat, an Owl OR71 flown by Jason Somes leads Race 95, Mariah, a Cassutt III M flown by veteran race pilot Gary Hubler towards the scatter pylon.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Racing came to an abrupt and deadly halt Thursday afternoon as Dino Juice - Race 4, an L-39 Albatros flown by Brad Morehouse, crashed just short of the home pylon during a Jet Class race. News reports indicate that the initial cause of the crash was believed to be wake turbulence. In other words, Race 4 was caught in the rough air trailing the plane flying directly in front of him. Race 4 was in the middle of the pack behind the initial leaders of the race. The heat of the blaze was felt at my vantage point about 250 yards away on the ramp in front of the grandstand.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Testament to the fact that you are not done flying a Pitts Special until the engine is off and the plane is parked. This Pitts had just landed after racing and a gust of wind caused a ground loop. The pilot was not injured. The condition of the plane remains to be determined.