Pilot Killed, Two Others Injured When Rare de Havilland Venom Crashes On Takeoff In Wisconsin

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Marty Tibbitts Killed In DH-112 Venom Crash - Sheboygan WI

Pilot Marty Tibbitts was killed on Friday when his de Havilland DH-112 Venom aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. Marty was on a formation training flight when the accident occurred. The aircraft crashed into a barn near the airport, killing dozens of livestock and injuring two people on the ground.

The Venom, along with a de Havilland Vampire and rare Gloster Meteor, was to be a featured performer at EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, WI. All three are owned by the World Heritage Air Museum, based out of Detroit, Michigan. The formation training flight was in preparation for the show.

The Venom is a Cold War-era British jet which served with the Royal Air Force as a single-seat bomber and a two-seat night fighter. According to the World Heritage Air Museum, there are only 4-6 flying Venoms in the world, including the one they had. The aircraft was the only one of its type flying in the US.

Sadly, we filmed Marty flying the Venom just one week before the crash. We present this video in his memory. May he rest in peace.

Greg Connell Killed in Plane Crash at 2016 Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow

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FILE: Greg Connell performing at the 2014 Ocean City Airshow in Maryland

A plane crash occurred at Saturday’s Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport, GA, killing aerobatic pilot Greg Connell. The crash happened just before 5pm, towards the end of the airshow. The airport, located northeast of Atlanta, was holding a one day airshow with Greg, Wildhorse Aviation, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Larry King, and several other aerobatic performers.

Although the winds were gusty, the weather was clear at the time of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are on site assisting with the investigation.

A post on Greg’s Facebook page late Saturday night said, “Please keep Greg’s Family and Friends in your prayers. There are no words to describe what we all are feeling right now. God Bless & Godspeed Greg.”

AirshowStuff extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Greg Connell.

The airshow was only a one day event. Flags at the airport flew at half-staff Saturday evening to honor Greg.