September 7, 2012, Valley City, N.D., Goodyear F2G Corsair


The airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain at about 1755 Central time during an aerobatic practice routine. The pilot was fatally injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

A witness reported that the practice routine proceeded normally. During the final barrel roll, the airplane pitched to about 10 degrees nose up and rolled left until about 10 degrees past inverted, at which point the roll slowed and ultimately stopped. The airplane then pitched down and started to pull through from a vertical nose-down attitude. Vapor trails were visible from both wing tips from about 80 degrees to 40 degrees nose down. At this point, the airplane was about 100 feet above ground level. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground in about a 10-degree nose-down, wings-level attitude. A post-impact fire ensued.

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