Yeah... again I was standing right there and watched the Triplane climbing turn thinking the SE5 with half the power shouldn't probably be trying to emulate that and then... CRUNCH! The BD5 was a bit further down the runway so didn't get a particularly good view of that one... Went to both days and felt that the show was a bit disjointed with the scheduled ARR/DEPs... actually the bus transport to/from the satellite parks was an excellent idea. Often the only decent way of getting out of an airshow at a respectable time is to fly in/out, and miss the last act... mind you, I've seen the mock attack so many times now I don't feel that I need to see it again - sorry to all the Warbird diehards!!
To long up-lines and (slightly) shorter down-lines!
Yeah... again I was standing right there and watched the Triplane climbing turn thinking the SE5 with half the power shouldn't probably be trying to emulate that and then... CRUNCH!
My recollection is that the SE5 was still climbing after take-off and tried to do too much too soon. The turn in question wasn't particularly steep, just slow. I remember thinking how slow it looked just before the inside wings stalled and it fell out of the skies. The two experienced ex RNZAF firemen I was watching with were also expressing doubts in the moments before everything went south. I also recall the response from the emergency services being a bit comically overkill for a light single occupant aircraft which the occupant had already vacated. There was an impression of various vehicles elbowing each other out of the way to get there first (and the domestic fire appliances promptly bogging down on the grass)
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 17, 2012 22:49:50 GMT 12
I flew up from Christchurch on the Sunday. My parents had gone on the Saturday. No incidents on the Sunday but I was very disappointed that the Bede-5 was buggered because that was the main reason I'd paid hundreds of dollars to go see it. That and the Harrier and Albatross which were both cool.
Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 18, 2012 0:01:38 GMT 12
The SE5a accident is on the official video. It's not really sharp turns nor high speed, it jsut seems to all go wrong in the perhaps too high wind. I know in the Sunday it was pretty windy there. I got very windburned.
That airshow was one tinged with sadness... a few of us flew up in a club aircaft, Bridge Pa to Ardmore viwth a view of catching up with some other club members at the show then later on for a night out in the 'big smoke'.
Sadly ZK-PTS never made it having crashed in cloud in the Kaweka ranges kiling the two occupants, both stalwarts of the HB&EC aero club. From memory Ren Bardell was our club captain & Callum Campbell was a very popular club member
Other happier memories of this show included the huge Russian Beriev water bomber & the RAF's Harrier display.