B-17 Flying Fortress Hit by Smaller Aircraft in Mid-Air Crash Over Dallas Executive Airport

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A Bell P-63 Kingcobra crashed in the rear part of the fuselage of a B-17 Flying Fortress at the Commemorative air Force Wings Over Dallas air show at the Dallas Executive Airport, according to the FAA.

Dallas Executive Airport is located southwest of Dallas. According to the official airshow website, a B-17 was not listed as “Attending Aircraft” but the list included the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil, a P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, T-6 Texan, and more.

Some of the aircraft included passenger rides, but it was initially unknown whether the B-17 was carrying passengers.



VIDEO of aircraft crash directly overhead (Twitter) and YouTube. Caution viewer discretion and language warning.


The Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow was a commemorative air show for military veterans.

Only six or seven B-17 aircraft remain airworthy. The aircraft that crash was B-17G-95-DL 44-83872, registered N7227C, named Texas Raiders.

During a low-level maneuver air show performance, the P-63 was gaining on the B-17 and descending toward the B-17. The P-63 aircraft hit the B-17 on the upper, port side just behind the B-17’s wings. The tail section of the B-17 was severed from the rest of the aircraft, and both aircraft were completely destroyed on the ground a short distance from the collision.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas around 1:20 p.m. local time Saturday. At this time, it is unknown how many people were on both aircraft.The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.After investigators verify the aircraft registration numbers at the scene, the FAA will release them (usually on the next business day) on this webpage. You can look up the aircraft by their registration numbers on this webpage. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.

— FAA statement

A mid-air collision has happened at the Wings Over Dallas air show at the Dallas Executive Airport, officials say. WFAA is at the scene.
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