Pilot Jay “Flash” Gordon was killed when his L-39 Albatros jet reportedly failed to recover from a dive and crashed yesterday afternoon. Jay was performing at the Wings Over Big South Fork Airshow in Oneida, TN. His flying is maybe most well known from previous appearances at the Thunder Over Louisville airshow in his hometown.
Thunder Over Louisville posted a photo of Gordon on their instagram account following the news:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of longtime performer Jay "Flash" Gordon tonight. He has flown in the Thunder Over Louisville Air Show for many years. More than a performer, Jay was a member of the Derby Festival and Thunder family. In recent years, his flying experience and engineering expertise have helped keep Thunder's air show going. His passion for flying and love of Thunder will truly be missed.
Here is video of Flash performing at Thunder Over Louisville in 2011: