WW – U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at the Reno Air Races

September 20, 2011

U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at the Reno Air Races.

U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at the Reno Air Races.
Photo © Stan White

By now, most of you have heard about the tragic plane crash accident at the 2011 Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show on Friday, September 16. A P-51 Mustang went out of control and dove into the box seats area just in front of the main grandstand, killing the pilot and, according to a report on September 19, nine spectators on the ground. This was not only devastating to witnesses and those directly involved, it literally traumatized all of Reno. It’s the first time in the 48 year history of the Reno Air Races that spectators have been injured or killed at the event. The last two days were canceled. As you would expect, the future of the event has been called into question, but it will be a while before that issue is addressed.

I was at the Reno Air Races the previous day and enjoyed the action as I have several times before, not giving a thought to the potential danger zooming through the sky nearby. My picture is of a member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, flying Old Glory during a jump that was part of the event’s opening ceremonies. Perhaps in some small way it is a fitting memorial to those who died.

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5 Responses to “WW – U.S. Navy Leap Frogs parachute team at the Reno Air Races”

  1. Comedy Plus Says:

    It was indeed a very tragic day. Last count is 10 have died as one that was in the hospital succumbed. What a shame.

    Have a terrific WW. :_

  2. Indrani Says:

    Very brave.
    Great capture.


  3. Truly tragic, but when you think about all things considered it’s amazing so much time has passed with out incident because though it’s spectacular and daring, it look like an accident just waiting to happen.

  4. Kame Says:

    Cool shot!!

    The article is so tragic. The news didn’t reach this part of the world.

  5. Susan Adcox Says:

    The accident at the air show was indeed tragic, but I hope that the event is not canceled permanently. There should, perhaps, be tighter control exercised over who pilots the planes. I love your shot.


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