Modified Maneuver More Dangerous


As with NTSB reports, the Canadian authorities don’t determine fault in these reports so there’s no indication why the maneuver wasn’t carried out the way it had been originally conceived. As originally scripted, the maneuver looked like a near collision from the ground but both pilots were able to control separation safely. As performed that day, the maneuver took on new elements of risk, the report says. “This is a significant difference from the original maneuver, and the risk of collision was no longer just an illusion,” the report says. Anyone who saw the Masters of Disaster show likely considered it one of the most thrilling and technically demanding of any on the air show circuit. To add to crowd appeal, the jet-powered truck Shockwave was also thrown into the mix. The Masters team took the show to the major air shows in North America and were scheduled for a return performance at EAA AirVenture a couple of weeks later. There were reports later in the summer of 2005 that the team would be reformed but the Web site is now under construction and visitors are invited to keep checking back.