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The Galloping Ghost, a Magnificent P-51
10 Spectators Die, 69 Injured
in Tragedy in Reno at 2011
48th National Championship Air Races and Air Show
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A Man Who Would Revolutionize Must First Revolutionize Himself
Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward
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and then theVIP box offices with some 400 people. silence as The Galloping Ghost's celebrated engine stalled. showering the first two VIP rows with lethal debris as it hit with an impact so savage it left only a crater 3 feet deep and 8 feet wide with very small pieces of itself ejected with lethal shrapnel force out a 100 yards or so around the sizable crater. Then there was a split second of eerie. Over only two seconds Racer 177. almost at a vertical. where very few aircraft design rules apply. the sickening smell of blood began to ripple through the silent air. Racer 177 The Galloping Ghost was piloted by veteran Hollywood stunt pilot James K. about 15 miles north of Reno. rolled scarily over upside down. Friday September 16. air show participants and. the magnificent P-51 pitched nose down.000 people main grandstand. Jimmy Leeward and The Galloping Ghost immediately began what initially appeared to be their required climb. The remaining racers engines of Strega. 2011’s air race accident with Jimmy Leeward and The Galloping Ghost was the first to involve spectators in its then 48 years. then moved frighteningly towards the packed spectator stands with 23. Nevada USA. “Jimmy” Leeward. here and there was an oath. then it moved away. A trim tab appeared to fall away.500 pounds empty.The revamped WWII North American Aviation P-51 Mustang fighter plane known affectionately as The Galloping Ghost Racer 177 crashed at the 2011 48th National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno. A moan increased. Dust danced before our eyes now blurred with the tears of the shock. and when you add the dimension of racing. spectators — in the first 47 years. and even more terrifying. “When you fly an airplane. also a champion air racer with 60 years aviation experience. Then. The Unlimiteds. You could hear and see trouble all the way. then inverted. revealing a now missing trim tab. it’s a fast sport. The primary rules are that the airplanes have to be piston-engine powered and have a minimum weight of 4. in then third place. its magnificent Packard Merlin engine now screaming rather than its usual proud and mighty distinct roar. it’s not unlike Indianapolis or NASCAR. its tail wheel popped out by the g-forces. And then. Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 2 of 10 . rapidly gained altitude. moving up in the field. cries of pain and anguish grew. the thousands of people behind at the vendors. Jimmy Leeward was on course. its pilot out of sight. The National Championship Air Races and Air Show features most of the fastest racing planes in the world traveling at 400 to 500 miles per hour around pylons on a course at times 50 feet above Stead Airport. into the runway directly in front of the packed VIP box office spectator seats in front of the also packed with 23.000 people. when The Galloping Ghost coming off The Valley of Speed suddenly began to shudder. Nevada. 74. That is the equivalent of an acre strewn with the deadly debris. Voodoo and Rare Bear were heard coming around for their landings. The Galloping Ghost. then sirens began their wails. Danger is an expected part of the program for air racers. there are certain risks just in taking off and landing. Aghast voices began to speak hushed. Jimmy Leeward and his P-51 were racing in the Gold heat of the powerful category of planes. 19 pilots died in the National Championship Air Races and Air Show since its first year in 1964.” said Mike Houghton of the Reno Air Racing Association about this tragic crash. pitched quickly and brutally up.
copilot Tim Horrell another Vietnam vet. construction. These heroes transported four injured spectators that tragic day. We don't know if veteran pilot Jimmy Leeward struggled mightily to pilot The Galloping Ghost away from the spectators as he clearly had minimal control if he was still even conscious with the likely 10 to 12 massive g forces at play although it does seem that The Galloping Ghost began to pull out a little shortly before impact. piloted by Gary Levitz. Thank you retired fire fighter David Dean. We saw the engine came off. it saved hundreds of lives and avoided thousands of casualties. Clearly he and his crew had learned and applied much from the 1999 36th National Championship Air Races. safety. when another highly modified P-51. After The Galloping Ghost crash. the airplane shred in the air. and our friend Gary Levitz die. lost its trim tab during an Unlimited race. Miss Ashley II pitched violently upward. Several spectators remained critical for weeks. Due to safety precautions built into the racer's fuel tank design. and co-owner Chris Miller. instead of waiting for civilian medical helicopter transport. Within moments. which announced the rest of the 2011 48th Annual National Championship Air Races and Air Show as canceled FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said several FAA inspectors were on hand for the races and were present during The Galloping Ghost accident. volunteered immediately their service. and strength of The Galloping Ghost and proves without doubt just how much Jimmy Leeward and his crew valued all that.Sixty-nine spectators were injured. and hover-taxied to the The Galloping Ghost accident site. pilot Ray Murphy who flew two tours in Vietnam before going on to a 25year career at the FAA. Four spectators perished at the hospital. The fact that The Galloping Ghost's airframe remained completely intact (except for the elevator trim tab) through that abrupt violent pitch up is a clear testament to the superior design. There they loaded several injured from crash. The Helicopter Association International later announced this rapid response crew as the recipient of its 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards Eurocopter Golden Hour Award. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team was dispatched from Washington. pushed the three-ton aircraft uphill.C. which occurred at about 4:20 pm. and its 25th Infantry Division Huey Crew. 2011. there was no explosion or fireball which would have made an awful situation even more worse. California Highway Patrol officer Brent Marker. then airlifted them to a nearby hospital. fueled it. 600 feet away a Vietnam-era restored Bell UH-1D helicopter on static display for the 2011 48th National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Whatever it was. this quick-thinking crew had installed the Huey's ground-handling wheels. the wings break.. Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 3 of 10 . It is the annual honor of recognition for those who uphold the helicopter industry’s highest traditions. to launch an investigation with the Federal Aviation Administration. Jimmy Leeward's years of experience and the superior aircraft design and construction of The Galloping Ghost. So they were the first in the air to bring victims in to an area hospital. even perhaps his quick thinking and heroic actions. went vertical and broke up. September 16. all of whom survived. D. including several Vietnam veterans. Miss Ashley II. and with the help of a heroic crew from another static display. Six spectators and Jimmy Leeward died on impact.
The Galloping Ghost was designed in the early 1940s as a long-range bomber escort and ground-strike aircraft that could cruise for more than a thousand miles at 360 mph. veteran Hollywood stunt pilot. was in excellent physical shape with a current medical certificate and pilot's license who was always reaching his hands out amidst the stars. you have a race’. Safe high takeoff and landing speeds were routine for The Galloping Ghost and Jimmy Leeward. the elevator immediately creates a very large up elevator input. a gentleman. But .” “Amelia” and “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3.Son of an aviation pioneer. the planes are heavily modified to maintain speeds near 500 mph. and Jimmy Leeward. It is the only air race of its kind in the United States. The powerful and seasoned P-51 Strega pulled out in front followed by the mighty P-51 Voodoo. To fully live life is an ambition permitted only to one fully grown for it requires the final stripping of disillusionment. savvy director and respected mentor with Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for more than 20 years. the P-51 requires quite a bit of nose-down trim to comfortably maintain level flight. successful real estate developer. establishing a new proportionality to his life. The Galloping Ghost was running fast. Jimmy Leeward was a pilot since the age of 14.” “Dragonfly. But for air racing. Jimmy Leeward did not qualify in 2010. or the attaching bolt failed. He won by toying with the field and then putting some power on in the last few laps. and in fourth was Jimmy Leeward in muscular The Galloping Ghost. the 2010 47th National Championship Unlimited Sunday race was canceled because of heavy wind! At the 2011 48th National Championship Air Races and Air Show. and win Jimmy Leeward did. Keeping all race fans and other crews with questions. or maybe the point of attachment failed. By the third lap. At the 2010 47th National Championship Air Races and Air Show. closing in on second. The left elevator trim tab pushrod separated from the trim tab (or the pushrod broke in two. relationships between the friends and fellow aviators that band together for their common passion. beloved family man. Sunday would have shown us all how fast the Ghost really is. the beloved Bearcat Rare Bear. but he is not talking.. the Unlimited descended down the chute for the Gold Race as the chase aircraft declared its classic ‘gentlemen. That means he starts last. and a good friend whose whole life was built around his intense love affair with flying. Standing apart from the ordinary.” The Galloping Ghost's renovations were completed in 2009. Then photos on the internet show this tragic sequence of events. The Galloping Ghost now had wings that were significantly clipped. and had piloted a P-51 as a stunt pilot in the films “Tuskegee Airmen. That takes the nose-down trim away from the elevator.. Given the high speed.. With one of the two trim tabs no longer providing any trim effect. The Galloping Ghost is a former World War II P-51 fighter plane that had flown with a sense of lordliness in the Cleveland air races in the 1940s.. very dependably and safely. He has to win every race to move up the Gold by Sunday . replacing his beloved Cloud Dancer. Jimmy Leeward was a professional airman for 60 years. How fast is she? We still do not know. Jimmy Leeward with his desire for masterful adventure bought Racer 177 about 25 years ago and had recently renovated it. A very large abrupt up elevator input Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 4 of 10 . The Galloping Ghost and Jimmy Leeward had proven themselves. Jimmy Leeward had been flying in racing competitions since the 1970s. EAA has 1000 chapters worldwide that are about relationships. Jimmy Leeward and The Galloping Ghost were in third place and. with very small ailerons. champion air racer in several classes. Jimmy Leeward knows. anything aviation. debuted proudly his modified P-51 Racer 177 a passion to know at the 2010 47th National Championship Air Races and Air Show.) That caused that tab to trail in a neutral position.
I remember well the chilling incident during the 1998 35th National Championship Air Races and Air Show in which a trim tab came off the P-51 racer Voodoo Chile.olson. In 1966 it was moved to the site of the former Stead Air Force Base.around 500 mph when you do the math generates a savage climb with a g force in the area of 10 to 12 g’s. RIP lost loved ones and friends who lost their lives on September 16.myspace.playwright/music/pl aylists/rip-my-friend-pilot-jimmy-leeward-and-the-galloping-ghost-a-magnificent-p-51-3603051 I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to all of the people and their families involved in or affected by this tragic accident. causing its pilot Bob Hannah to black out under a G load estimated at 10 Gs. a WWII Army Air Corp veteran in the North African. Mediterranean and Italian theatres. May all your storms be weathered. it hasn’t been providing any trim effect since the pushrod failed back at the moment of pitch up. The Wind. altitude. The Board has already recovered those data which include engine operating parameters.com/pamela.playwright/music/playlists#!/pamela. Chet Baker Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone. where she had also worked during WWII to build the P-51 Mustang. and velocity. Regardless of whether some or all of the tab is still attached to the elevator.000 that organizers had borrowed from local schools. then in grad school at UCLA for her engineering degree still working for North American Aviation in Los Angeles. was on the crew of Ron Buccarelli's Precious Metal for three years. Richard Harris Lament. packed us up. Some of the air racers have a flight systems telemetry set-up on board that transmits information on the aircraft's health and performance to its ground crew. Voodoo Chile then pitched violently up and made a raging rapid climb. 2011 at the 2011 48th National Championship Air Races and Air Show. and then an aircraft engineer also with North American Aviation. plus GPS-derived position. it was held 20 miles east of Reno with bleachers seating 5. The NTSB confirmed The Galloping Ghost had such a telemetry system that transmitted certain data to its ground in real time while the aircraft was in flight. and my adopted papa. my adopted mama. Jimmy Leeward Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 5 of 10 . and all that is good get better. Bob Hannah fortunately regained consciousness at 9. World War II was a time when ordinary people began doing extraordinary things. a Magnificent P-51 and. and it wasn’t until 1964 when this type of breathtaking air racing began again.olson. In 1964. In 1964. Chet Baker http://www.000 feet and was then able to land Racer 55 Voodoo Chile safely. California. I've been working the World Wings International booth since 1995 and. The Cleveland National Air Races resumed after WWII. drove us to with great pride to the first year's National Championship Air Races and Air Show. The Galloping Ghost. and ended in 1949. RIP my friend pilot Jimmy Leeward.
The Galloping Ghost crash showered the first two VIP rows with lethal debris as it hit with an impact so savage it left only a crater 3 feet deep and 8 feet wide with very small pieces of itself ejected with lethal shrapnel force out a 100 yards or so around the sizable crater.and The Galloping Ghost just didn't have that luxury of enough altitude. Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 6 of 10 . That is the equivalent of an acre strewn with the crash's deadly debris.
The taller poles to the right above with the three vertical boxes are speakers for the grandstands seating 23.Above these poles on the left with four boxes in a square on them are the spotlights surrounding then the Galloping Ghost crater. Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 7 of 10 . The red and blue to the right is the VIP box seats for 400 extending out on the tarmac.000. The Reno-Stead Airport's tower is also to the right here above. The Galloping Ghost crash showered the first two VIP rows with lethal debris.
000. The Galloping Ghost crash showered the first two VIP rows with lethal debris. The VIP box seats seating 400 extend out on the tarmac.The VIP box seats are in front of the grandstands seating 23. People's Memorial to the horrific effects of the tragic Galloping Ghost crash Pamela Olson's RIP Pilot Jimmy Leeward Page 8 of 10 .
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