Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat  N14HP (BuNo 90446)
Confederate Air Force Airshow, Denton, Texas - July 1984
On July 29, 1999, a Vought F4U-4 Corsair, N712RD, operated by a commercial pilot, was destroyed when it collided with a Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat, N14HP, which was positioned on the east edge of runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, approximately 1,400 feet from the departure end. The Bearcat was substantially damaged in the collision. At the time of the collision, the Bearcat was stationary on the runway with its engine at idle power. The Corsair was at full power on takeoff roll and struck the Bearcat from behind. After the collision, the Corsair cartwheeled and burst into flames, finally coming to rest inverted. The pilot of the Corsair was seriously injured. The pilot of the Bearcat reported no injuries. The right wing of N14HP was severed outboard of the landing gear, and the left wing was also severely damaged. The word is that it will need a total rebuild.
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