Wildwood, NJ Vintage Aircraft Race Crash, June 1971
FOUR VINTAGE PLANES CRASH; PILOTS KILLED.
Wildwood, N.J. (UPI) -- Four World War II planes crashed mysteriously Saturday while flying over this resort area on the second lap of a vintage aircraft race. All four pilots were killed.
The victims, who were alone in their planes, were identified as ED SNYDER, VIC BAKER, JAY QUINN and ED MINGES. Their ages and addresses were not known immediately.
The planes were among seven flying in the race, and each of the four that crashed spun out of the racing formation and plunged one-by-one to the ground during a 15-minute period.
At least 3,000 spectators in grandstands witnessed the tragic sequence of crashes but apparently no one on the ground was hurt.
UPI photographer Wilmer White said there was no indication that any of the planes collided in flight, although the first of the four to crash veered sharply away from the others before spiraling and crashing in flames.
The planes were flying over a pre-charted course in a competition sponsored by the National Air Race Association. Each of the planes were AT6 aircraft, used as military trainers during World War II.
The seven planes had taken off from Cape May County Airport on the southern tip of this New Jersey coastal resort area. The competition began on Friday and final events were scheduled for Sunday.
White said the first plane to crash was flying in tight formation with the others when it suddenly nosed skyward and went into a tailspin. It crashed into a wooded area about three-fourths of a mile from the grandstands.
The competition was being held here for the first time. In previous years the race was held at Reno, Nev.
Panama City News-Herald Florida 1971-06-06