P-51 crash in Camarillo, pilot killed

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  1. evangilder

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    I haven't heard who the pilot was yet, but I may know him. Damn shame...

     
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    I hope it wasn't your friend.
     
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    very sad news indeed.
     
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    Bummer. First solo too. Did it say he tried to power out of a landing? Torque roll it or something like that?
     
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    Damn that sucks. Sorry to hear this.
     
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    Likewise - let's see how the media jumps on this....
     
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    The plane is registered to John McKittrick. I don't know if he was flying it at the time though. Here it was at Camarillo last year.

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    Sigh. It really doesn't matter what happened other than pilot and bird lost.

    If he was doing touch and go's at low speed we know what could have happened, particularly if he didn't have any rudder trim cranked in - left side splash awfully familiar but sounds like he hit hard and flat, with left wing down a bit - more like a stall than a torque roll
     
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    Sorry to here that Eric, It must be making the atmosphere around the hangers very somber .
     
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    how disgustingly nauseating............. my condolences to the family.

    NO MORE ACCIDENTS please !
     
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    It was John McKittrick.

    Rest well and god-speed, John. :salute:
     
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    :salute: Shame to hear about these events.
     
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    It's really sad.

    I guess this can sound kind of cold, since the real loss is the death of a man, but I wonder if pilots on their first solo flight should not choose the P-51 Mustang? For one it was a tricky plane to fly in WWII, even for novices of a few solo flights. Also, there aren't many left for accidents.

    I guess the thrill of a first flight in a WWII plane was what he was hoping for.
     
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    This wasn't his first solo flight - the article appears to read that way. It was his first solo in a P-51.
     
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    I had the same thought as Soundbreaker just didn't want to sound so callous. Thanks Flyboy for straightening that out.
     
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    I looked him up on the FAA data base - an instrument rated private pilot.
     
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