Telemetry showed in excess of 9 g recorded after a control failure, causing the pilot to "black out"
The reduction in wingspan to increase roll rate is very evident
Performance modifications played a role in the accident
The "Galloping Ghost" prior to the fateful crash
Changes to course layout have been recommended by the NTSB
On September 16, 2011, the pilot of a highly modified WW2 P-51D airplane crashed at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. The tragic accident saw the plane known as the "Galloping Ghost" crash into the box seat spectator area, killing the pilot and 10 spectators, with 60 others injured. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has provided an update on its investigation into the much publicized incident.
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