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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:25 AM
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Reno crash shared similarities to 1949 air racing crash in Cleveland
Sixty-two years ago, a P-51 Mustang roared across the city's skyline at the Cleveland National Air Races, banked out of control and crashed into a small house in Berea, killing a young mother, her toddler and the pilot.

On Friday, a plane similar to the one flown in Cleveland crashed at the National Championship Air Races, killing 10 people, including pilot Jimmy Leeward. More than 50 people were hurt.

"There are some very eerie similarities between the crash in Cleveland and the crash in Reno," said Thomas G. Matowitz Jr., the author of "Images of America: Cleveland's National Air Races," and a local aviation historian from Mentor. "They were similar planes that went out of control at low altitudes going at high speeds."
The speeds of the plane often reach 400 mph, while pilots fly about 200 feet off the ground. The plane has been a beloved treasure of spectators for decades.

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