Sep 17 2011

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Trojan Horsemen T-28 crashes

The Trojan Horsemen (Photo mashleymorgan (CC BY-SA 2.0))

(Updated Sep 18, 2011 @ 21:49) One of the T-28 Trojan of the Trojan Horsemen, or T-28 Warbird Aerobatic Formation Demonstration Team, went out of control and crashed on the runway at the Thunder over the Blueridge airshow in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The pilot was killed in the crash. No spectators were harmed.

It has now been confirmed that the pilot was John “Jack” Mangan, an ex-USAF pilot and businessman who had been flying with the Horsemen for five years. A preliminary NTSB report should be available within a few days.


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  1. Whitney Drury

    I just what to say to the family of the pilot that was killed today, my family is praying for you all to have the faith of God to know that he is in a better place. May God keep his hands over you all in this time of need to help you through your lost of your loved one.


    to keep an airplane FLYING in the air one need a continue feed of fresh air UNDER the wings.alas what i see in this video is that the pilot took away the foreward speed till it was over the limit by banking sharply and pulling up the nose of the airplane.the result was a stall.
    that turned the Trojan into just a heap of tons of metal plunging to the ground.
    in the past i have seen equal accidents done with the same WRONG routine and resulting with the same end namely destroying the airplane and killing the pilot.

  3. R.V.Sellers

    Hexjumper doesn;t understand Bernoulli very well. Aircraft are lifted by airflow OVER the wing. We don’t need people that weren’t there (in the cockpit) speculating on the causes. The FAA has experts that can do as good a job on this as anyone, so let them do their job.

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