Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 21, 2018 14:03:47 GMT 12
Very sad news is coming out of the USA that de Havilland Venom N747J has crashed shortly after take off at an air event at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a few hours ago. It hit farm buildings and has clearly exploded. The pilot was killed on impact, and two farm workers inside the buildings were injured, plus multiple animals (calves) have died or had to be put down. The aircraft was owned by the World Heritage Air Museum, of Harper Wood, Missouri.
Very sad. Every year they have a training weekend/brush-up for pilots before EAA Oshkosh (starting Monday). They practice formation work and can earn their 'formation wings' in time for Airventure Oshkosh. I'm 30 minutes from Sheboygan and I had hoped to go their today but we ended up at Stevens Point...
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 22, 2018 12:49:56 GMT 12
Jason (Venomnut) tells me there are only three airworthy de Havilland Venoms in the world now, including John luff's one. I'd not realised they were so rare! I have always thoroughly appreciated seeing the Venoms over the years at NZ airshows but now I'll appreciate Mr Luff's one even more, being the only Venom in the Southern Hemisphere. We are so fortunate to see such aeroplanes at our airshows.