Lincoln J. Beachey plane crash - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ucdvicky
N 37° 48.403 W 122° 26.909
10S E 548548 N 4184513
Quick Description: The "The Man Who Owns the Sky" died in 1915, when his plane crashed during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2007 8:21:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM2QHZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Long Description:
"It was at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition where Beachey made his last flight. Prior to the exposition, in 1914, he ordered a Taube monoplane built with an 80 horsepower engine, powerful enough to carry out the stunt that Beachey had not yet presented to the public: upside-down flight. He had tested it at low altitudes, and on March 14, 1915, he was ready for his first public flight. He took the plane up in front of a crowd of 50,000, made a loop, and turned the plane on its back. He may have been so intent on leveling the plane upside-down that he failed to notice he was only 2,000 feet above San Francisco Bay, too close to complete the stunt. He pulled on the controls to pull the plane out of its inverted position, where it was slowly sinking. The strain caused both wings to shear off, and the fuselage plunged into the bay while Beachey fell out and tumbled down to the Earth."
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Date of Crash: 03/14/1915

Aircraft Model: aube monoplane built with an 80 horsepower engine

Military or Civilian: Civilian

Cause of Crash:
Pilot error

Tail Number: Not listed

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