Today in History – June 7, 1957 – Pilot James P. Buckner killed in high-speed fly-by.

7 June 1957 – “Chance Vought Aircraft pilot James P. Buckner is killed while performing a high-speed flyby of CVA’s tower at Hensley Field, Dallas, Texas, while demonstrating a Vought F8U-1 Crusader for a graduating class from the Navy Post Graduate School there.

Executing a zoom climb after his low-altitude pass, he apparently overstresses the fighter and it disintegrates before he can eject. The aircraft’s wreckage violently explodes at low altitude over Main Street in adjacent Grand Prairie, Texas, causing minor injuries to several bystanders, and pieces of the fighter are scattered throughout the floodplain of the nearby Trinity River; Buckner’s body is recovered a few hours after the crash.”(1)


Source: (1) Wikipedia

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