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    One of several druggy race pilots over the years. Wasn't he doing low level aerobatics when he crashed? Makes one wonder if it was suicide.
    Last edited by supercub; 05-11-2020 at 07:04 AM.

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    Default Re: Ken Burnstine

    Jeez what a thread! Thanks for bumping this old dog.

    This is history! This is what AAFO is all about. Can't get this sh!t on facebook.
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    Default Re: Ken Burnstine

    Quote Originally Posted by supercub View Post
    One of several druggy race pilots over the years. Wasn't he doing low level aerobatics when he crashed? Makes one wonder if it was suicide.
    No, it was not low-level aerobatics. Upon arrival (with Jim Maloney in the PoF's Spam Can) Ken radioed he was going to drop down onto the course and take a couple laps of practice. He broke off and did a split-s from altitude but when he went to pull out something went wrong. The split-s turned into a rolling dive from which he was unable to pull out. Though it was investigated by the FBI as possible tampering, they could never prove anything, but the prevailing thought was either something jammed the control lines when the plane rolled over, or someone had tampered with the control wires (as in possibly cutting some of the control line threads through the access panel under the horizontal stabilizer) that broke when he started pulling g's during his pullout. He knew that something was wrong, as he made a transmission over the radio when he first felt something wrong.

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    Default Re: Ken Burnstine

    Some of the remains of Miss Suzi-Q were still out at the crash site east of the airfield the last time I hiked out there a couple years back. The impact, while not perfectly vertical, was at a pretty steep angle and not a whole lot was left of the airframe. The scatter-pattern was over about a 100 yard area in the desert.
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    Default Re: Ken Burnstine

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    Some of the remains of Miss Suzi-Q were still out at the crash site east of the airfield the last time I hiked out there a couple years back. The impact, while not perfectly vertical, was at a pretty steep angle and not a whole lot was left of the airframe. The scatter-pattern was over about a 100 yard area in the desert.
    Long before my time. Safe to say KB was one of, if not THE, most colorful characters in RARA history?
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    Default Re: Ken Burnstine

    Quite a rap sheet not just smuggling .

    https://www.archives.gov/files/resea...d-32264423.pdf

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