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Rare Vintage British Jet Trainer Crashes in Hudson River

March 3, 2011 — Dr. Michael Faraldi, EAA 867115, was returning home February 26 from Nashville, Tennessee, in his new acquisition, a rare vintage BAC-167 Strikemaster jet, when he crashed in the Hudson River while displaying it for friends at nearby Kingston Airport in New York. Faraldi was killed in the crash, which occurred after observers saw him enter a vertical climb before the plane apparently lost thrust and plunged downward into the river.

Faraldi, a podiatrist at a nearby hospital, was lauded by his fellow pilots, who had gathered ahead of time to watch a few fly-bys at the end of his flight from Tennessee, where he picked up the newly purchased British trainer and light attack aircraft.

Dr. Kenneth Newman, who is a close friend of Faraldi and credits him with getting involved in aviation, watched the crash unfold.

"He was just a phenomenal pilot," Newman told the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Faraldi’s Strikemaster was built in 1969 and was equipped with Rolls-Royce engines. This type of aircraft was manufactured from 1967 to 1984. While the Strikemaster had ground attack capabilities, most air forces that bought the plane in any numbers used it as an advanced trainer. Cracks in the wings eventually curtailed its use, but the jet was a favorite among Third World nations.

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