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B-17 and P-63 Kingcobra Collide at Wings Over Dallas Air Show

Both Aircraft Crash as Videos Surface of Midair Collision.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-63 Kingcobra aircraft have collided at the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas airshow at the Dallas Executive Airport near Dallas on Nov. 12, 2022. No reports of possible casualties have surfaced yet.

According to video posted online and a report that surfaced on The Kansas City Star and distributed by the Associate Press, “Emergency crews were responding to the scene at the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas show at the Dallas Executive Airport”.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that a Boeing B-17 and a Bell P-63 collided and crashed at approximately 1:20 PM local time during Saturday’s airshow. According to the show’s website, the November 11, 12, & 13, 2022 show at Dallas Executive Airport is the “Nation’s Premiere World War II Airshow”. Immediately following reports of the accident, the show’s official website was down.

Based on three videos that have surfaced so far, it appears that the P-63 Kingcobra approached the B-17 from the left rear and impacted the four-engine bomber at approximately mid-fuselage. The impact severed the tail of the B-17 and filled the air with debris. One video shows the forward portion of the B-17, including the wings, impacting the ground in a fiery explosion.

The Commemorative Air Force, a large U.S. organization dedicated to the preservation of aviation history, has two B-17 aircraft in flying condition. The aircraft based in Texas is the B-17G, “Texas Raiders”. It is not known if this is the B-17G involved in the midair collision on Saturday.

We will update this article as more details about the horrific incident emerge.

About Tom Demerly
Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.
Tom Demerly

Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.

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  • As always in situations like those my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the pilot/crew of the P63 and B-17 bomber. I hope the F.A.A. doesn't take this "opportunity" to get too draconian with rules/regulations for U.S. airshows. That said I'd be interested to see the accident report for the P-63 Kingcobra as he clearly didn't see the B-17 due to angle of his turn and it was in his blind spot (were there other factors)?

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