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Reno air race fatalities

2007-09-15 16:59:53.48837+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Wow: 3 fatal crashes at the Reno air races this year, the first deaths at the races since 1993 2002 (Thanks, Shadow, for catching my sloppy reading).

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-16 13:09:58.29157+00 by: meuon

Bad humor: They have all been watching too much NASCAR, where bumping, rubbing and grinding is part of the show.

Seriously: Condolences, etc. I'm trying to feel more, but as a person who, by choice, has done some very risky unsafe things, thinks that they knew exactly what the risks and odds are. I do feel grief for their families and friends.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-16 18:37:38.235196+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Correction - the first time they've had MORE THAN ONE DEATH at the races since 1993.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-16 18:53:47.954685+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ahhh.. Thank you. I thought I'd read that thoroughly, but apparently not. Hmmm... I wonder why the deliberate obfuscation, all of the articles I'm reading are quoting that 1993 stat... Here we go: this article says previous fatal crash in 2002.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-09-16 19:01:29.059289+00 by: Dan Lyke

Meuon, when I was a kid I was totally taken with airplanes and aviation, and as an adult I still really appreciate good flying and cool aircraft, but I haven't been to an air show in a long time because I have the feeling of people pushing the boundaries too hard, and while I can see beauty in a 16 point roll, I see no glory in splattering aircraft and human being across a landscape.

In following up on Shadow's post I ran across Unlimited Air Racing. Pilot Bill Rheinschild made a lot of money, loves flying, wants other people to come out and enjoy the spectacle so that it doesn't cost him so much. On the one hand I'd far rather support that than football, on the other hand, I don't even like to watch fatal accidents on YouTube.