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Big_Jim
04-22-2019, 02:09 PM
Please keep our friends at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino in your thoughts and hearts. The Northrop N9M flying wing that was a spectacular part of their collection went down this afternoon. All of the specifics will come out as soon as the proper channels have been taken, but this is a sad shadow that will be cast.

Blue Skies.

Air Boss
04-22-2019, 06:44 PM
Sad news, indeed. Very heavy sigh...

Reever
04-22-2019, 07:08 PM
Collective hearts breaking. No words.

Hawker Driver
04-22-2019, 08:05 PM
My deepest condolences to the family and to all effected...

Fence Sence
04-22-2019, 08:27 PM
Please say it ainít so.

GRNDP51
04-22-2019, 10:04 PM
Such a sad day, still really canít believe that it happened.

One of those things you get the news on and think it canít be possible and your stomach drops.

Prayers to all involved, Davidís family, the POF family, and the warbird family.

We lost a great leader in the warbird community and a one of a kind piece of history.

Devastated.

Bob
04-23-2019, 07:18 AM
https://abc7.com/historic-small-plane-crashes-at-state-prison-in-norco/5264698/

ignomini
04-23-2019, 07:26 AM
Condolences to the pilot's family, and all the Chino family as well.

Was reading the typical comments last night. "It shouldn't have been flown." My response is tens of thousands got to see and experience Jack Northrop's dream in the air. We now have an extensive record of the N9M in flight. That could not otherwise have happened. We are all better for the experience.

Blue skies.
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Lockheed Bob
04-23-2019, 07:58 AM
Blue Shies. Thoughts & Prayers To all at POF Chino.

AAFO_WSagar
04-23-2019, 10:45 AM
Very sad, our thoughts and prayers go to the family...

airtj
04-25-2019, 09:38 AM
https://planesoffame.org/tribute-to-david-vopat

Samuel
04-25-2019, 07:24 PM
RIP. Thankful for all the great years we got to see David and the N9MB fly

comancheflyer
05-16-2019, 03:47 PM
Very sad to see this NTSB report 24250...

Lon Moer
05-16-2019, 06:45 PM
I had read previous reports that the plane had done a roll, ...but I don't think it was intentional.:(

Samuel
05-24-2019, 05:54 PM
Just thinking back on all the tens of thousands of people that had the chance to see this airplane in flight. It was a great tribute to the designers and pilots who flew it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMXxaArKZlw

supercub
05-25-2019, 07:28 AM
I was reading a report on another crash in the early days of test flying the N9M and it was reported that it did a roll prior to crashing. Pure speculation, but I just wonder if under certain flight criteria the airplane has a tendency to roll. I agree with the above, I would doubt the roll was intentional, I understand the airplane was prior to the crash was at somewhat low altitude. Definitely sad to loose the airplane and a much respected pilot.