Aerobatic pilot Billy Werth was badly injured in a plane crash last week. He is probably best known for performing in his red, white and blue Pitts biplane, but last year he also started performing as part of the Redline Airshows team with lead pilot Ken Reider. He is also an Air Force Reserve and airline pilot.
Billy was taking off to practice a Redline performance near Atlanta when his RV-8 lost engine power shortly after lifting off and came down hard off the end of the runway. Luckily, two paramedics that were holding short of the runway in a Cessna raced to his aid. He was eventually airlifted to a nearby hospital where he underwent several surgeries and remains in care.
The airshow family immediately swung into action; Billy’s wife Courtney was flown into Atlanta late that night thanks to the efforts of Jordan Brown and Matt Throckmorton from Hoosier Aviation. Since Billy remains in the hospital so far from home, a GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the travel costs associated with caring for him.
We wish Billy a full and speedy recovery!