On Sept. 16, 2011, The “Galloping Ghost,” a highly modified P-51D Mustang racer piloted by James K. “Jimmy” Leeward, had just rounded pylon No. 8 at the famed National Championship Air Races when the racer suddenly pitched up abruptly, rolled inverted then nosedived. The aircraft hit the Reno/Stead Airport (RTS) apron at over 400 mph in front of the grandstands in an area containing box seating, disintegrating on impact. Seven people, including the pilot, died at the ...


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