We grieve the loss of friends and strangers in the tragic crash of Jimmy Leeward’s ‘Galloping Ghost’ P-51 at Reno, Friday, September 16th. From our Victory Girl booth behind the stands, we witnessed the P-51 spiraling apparently straight for us, then veering left somewhat to crash into the box seating, where our friends George and Wendy Hewitt sat, killing them and others instantly.
With all the debris and injured, it was difficult to tell who was where. It was some time before it was confirmed that George and Wendy were both killed. George and Wendy had wandered into our booth earlier, waiting for the Unlimited races to run. We joked about their drive up from Arizona (they had elected not to fly the Navion into Stead) being the longest part of their vacation.