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Narrative: A Commonwealth CA-18 Mk 22 (NA P-51D Mustang) named “Big Beautiful Doll” (full c/n CACM-192-1517) from Woodchurch in Kent collided with a French Skyraider F-AZDP at the Duxford Flying Legends airshow. The pilot of the Mustang was leading a ‘Vic’ (Vee) formation of three aircraft. On his left was the Douglas Skyraider and on his right was another P-51 Mustang. On a signal from the leader, the formation carried out a ‘break’ manoeuvre to the left. During the left turn the Skyraider and the leading Mustang collided. The Mustang pilot was forced to abandon his aircraft and descended by parachute to a safe landing; the Skyraider pilot was able to land his aircraft at Duxford. The accident occurred after the Skyraider pilot had lost sight of his leader and continued to make a tighter turn than his leader’s aircraft, which had slowed down. This caused their respective flight paths to converge, resulting in the collision. Sources: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/february_2012/p_51d_mustang__d_fbbd_and_douglas_ad_4n_skyraider__f_azdp.cfm
http://www.worldwarbirdnews.com/2011/07/10/mid-air-collision-at-duxford/ http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?p=1771718#post1771718 http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/BREAKING-NEWS-Mid-air-incident-at-museum-air-show-10072011.htm http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&p=352022 http://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/polopoly_fs/sequence_1_1_959878!image/3452443543.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_490/3452443543.jpg (pilot in chute)