Videos show warbirds in horrific mid-air crash at Dallas Airshow – Australian Aviation

A World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra crashed in mid-air at an air show in Dallas on Saturday, before both planes burst into flames.

Videos posted on social media showed the smaller P-63 fighter flying at high speed straight into the larger B-17 before the plane crashed to the ground in front of onlookers.

City Mayor Eric Johnson called the incident “heartbreaking” but said no bystanders on the ground were believed to be injured.

“Please say a prayer for the souls who ascended to heaven today to support and raise our families,” he said on Twitter.

It is not yet known how many were aboard the two warbirds, but the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the collision.

The incident happened at the Wings Over Dallas air show at Dallas Executive Airport, about 10 miles south of downtown Dallas.

The giant B-17 was the first Boeing military aircraft with a flight deck instead of an open cockpit and first saw combat by the British RAF in 1941.

Boeing built nearly 7,000 in various models, while an additional 5,700 were built by Douglas and Lockheed. Most were scrapped after the war and few models survive today.

The smaller P-63 Kingcobra was developed by Bell during World War II and flown primarily by the Soviet Air Force.

The tragedy comes days after Australia experienced its first mid-air collision in two years.

On Wednesday, a leisure plane and glider crashed near the Sunshine Coast, killing the only pilots, an 80-year-old Christopher Turner and a 77-year-old, yet unidentified Glenwood man.

Australian Aviation reported earlier this week how a witness told 7News he was sitting on his porch when he heard a “big bang”.

“We didn’t think that sounded like a shot and when we looked up we saw white chunks of airplane falling from the sky.”

Before the crash, the glider and its tow plane were taking off from Gympie Aerodrome in Kybong, home of the Sunshine Coast Gliding Club.

It was confirmed that the second aircraft involved in the incident was not the tow plane.

The ATSB then later said it was unable to investigate the incident because it had to focus its resources on larger aircraft.

The organization told The Australian that it understands the “responses desired” from next of kin but needs to allocate its resources to cases that would bring the “greatest benefit to public safety”.

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