From a friend of mine who flies for the Collins Foundation there is this that he shared on FB
Interesting read, source unknown ...
Rumors abound at BKF. TBirds took off to the south at C.Springs for the show. The Academy is not even 10 miles away so Bingo fuel was low.
The O-bla-bla talked longer than scheduled – some say 45 minutes. Some BKF guys were listening on the radio and heard No. 6 call Joker fuel.
Leader said to quit using burner and continue with the show for another 10-15 minutes. I am sure they were unaware of runway change to landing north and planned a quick turn to base for landing south.
Six went down 20 minutes after the Joker call. After the ejection, the plane landed flat 4 miles south of the runway and there was no fire. Hmmmmm ...
There has never been an excuse for running out of gas - even for Golden Arm TBirds. Looks like maybe 2 new drone pilots after the accident board gets done with them.
No. 6 had a really bad day.
Another unsubstantiated interesting read ...
Info from the Leekster sez ...
Subj: Thunderbird crash
He ran out of gas. They were holding waiting for POTUS.
The whole team was bingo. Boss and pilot fired. Done for the season.
Interesting and quite possible, investigation will reveal probable cause for occurrence of the accident and full disclosure of facts?
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Lead would have been fired if he cut the show and might have gotten away with the the alternative...screwed either way... But the safety of his team should have come before satisfying the crowd. If you've ever flown in an Airshow you understand the thought process.. " look good or die" is always said in jest, but unfortunately there is truth behind it.
Like · Reply · 4 · June 10 at 10:54pm
You're right WF
... screwed either way. Only one question and it goes back to the sage old advice we've all been given... "...runway left behind you and fuel left on the ground...". Why did they take off with less than dull tanks? Not second guessing the Boss... simply wondering out loud.
Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 1:35am
Burner and boards will piss away extra gas.
[Edited 2016-06-11 12:42:07]