OLD CUBAN WAR BIRDS COLLIDE AT DRY CREEK AIRPORT
(pf) Two former Cuban war birds collided today at Dry Creek Airport .
Reports are still sketchy but witnesses say the two old planes ran into each
other while doing a local flight in the area. One plane was preparing to
land when the other plane flew down the runway, pulled up at the north
end, turned west and ran into the other while it was coming into
The two war birds had an impressive war record which placed both planes at
failed invasion of Cuba to prevent the expansion of
communism in the western hemisphere. The planes saw limited combat and
were sold at a later date to a free country and left out to pasture at a
local airport where they were brought up and restored to flying/standing
The north bound war bird was making a low pass down the runway for
some friends. The Cuban plane was smoking (or dusting) the runway, pulled up and turned left into the oncoming plane
which approaching to land.
The plane was owned and maintained at the Dry Creek airport and
was reported to make these flybys often. A resident
of the airport for 3 years, it was in wonderful condition for its age.
The second war bird was out on a local flight to drop poop on
windshields and to find pink shrimp. The war bird was airborne for over
two hours and was returning to land at the same airport as the other war
bird was making its smoking run. The sky was clear and the winds were
light but it is not known if this had any effects on the accident.
Many witnesses were at the airport and report after watching the fly
by and seeing the plane pull up and turn, then heard a pop and bang!.
After that they reported a big pink puff ball floating thru the sky in
the direction of the last war bird. Horrified on lookers ran for cover.
Flames covered the area while pink confetti like material littered the
area for the next few minutes. Witnesses flocked to the wreckage and
were turned away at what they saw.
On such a pristine day with not a breath of wind, this tragic
collision happened and in front of many on lookers. None of the planes
came near any local schools. Neither plane was on a flight plan.
was littered all over the area.
heard the bang witnesses turned and looked to the sky. One witness told us
" pieces rained down like a giant pink puff ball"
The twisted remains of the
landing gear of one of the Cuban war birds.
A mother of many geese,
was visiting the south turns her head away from the grizzly remains of
one of the war birds
Wreckage is still being
discovered in the immediate area hours after the collision.
the Chicken Security Guard on duty at a local work shop scurried to the
wreckage to peck out the survivors, but his effort was in vain.
was seen coming from the area of impact. There was little hope....