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Warbirds collide during Wings Over Dallas airshow

The Commemorative Air Force, “founded to find and preserve World War II-era combat aircraft for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations,” billed the three-day event at its headquarters as “the Nation’s Premiere World War II Airshow.”

Both aircraft involved in the midair were based in Houston.

The FAA said the accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. and that “it is unknown how many people were on both aircraft.” The CAF said it is working with the FAA and local authorities and that the NTSB will investigate.

During a press conference following the accident, CAF President and CEO Hank Coates said the organization “is an extremely close-knit family” and that “the pilots are very well trained.”

This was the seventh year the CAF had hosted the airshow in Dallas.

The B–17, first called Model 299 by Boeing, took its first flight on July 28, 1935. A reporter dubbed it the “Flying Fortress,” and the U.S. Army Air Corps named it the B–17. The four-engine bomber could accommodate two pilots, a bombardier, a navigator, a radio operator, and gunners. Its mass-produced E model could carry “nine machine guns and a 4,000-pound bomb load,” according to Boeing. The B–17 entered World War II in 1941.

The P–63, a 408-mph fighter that could be fitted with a 37 mm cannon and four .50-caliber machine guns, was widely used by the Soviet Union during World War II.

AOPA will continue to provide updates as more information is made available.


Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media

AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media, Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and two children. Alyssa also hosts the weekly Fly with AOPA show on the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.

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