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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139569
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Type:Chance Vought XF7U-1 Cutlass
Registration: 122474
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NAS Patuxent River, Maryland -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
engine explosion during flight exhibition
Vought test pilot Paul Thayer ejects, parachutes into two feet of water, airframe impacts on island in the Patuxent River. Pilot is returned safely to the admiral's reviewing stand, show announcer inquires "What will you do for an encore Mr. Thayer?" He learns that he suffered fracture to small bone at base of spine later tells Vought management that he was the only manager who actually "broke his ass for the Company."


Le Fana de l'Aviation, n 504 - November 2011

Revision history:

30-Oct-2011 08:35 ThW Added

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