Looking at the size of that plume of flame, (and the long white smoke trail) my guess is that it was a fuel fire.dundrillin said:Bet he was glad he had that extra hundred feet and wasn't as low as some of them get. Interesting to see the speed after bail-out blew the flames out. Probably burning oil.
Like I said I'm no expert, but in the back of my mind there was something niggling me about the radial engine.................now I know, cheers!Telecomsgeek said:unlikely to be coolant as the f4U has a radial engine that does not have any coolant! it is air cooled.
Reading the article, he was trying to trim it level so he could get out, because when he took his hands off the controls the a/c pitched down "towards the desert".crabtastic said:Took some balls to stay with it for as long as he did- presumably to get it away from the crowd line.
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