22MiG-29s Collide Mid-Air At Air Show
During a 1993 air show at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, the nearly 250,000 spectators got more than they bargained for when two MiG-29 fighters collided mid-air. The badly damaged aircraft went tumbling to the earth, erupting into balls of fire. The pilots, Sergey Tresvyatsky and Alexandr Beschastnov, were from the Russian Flight Research Institute. While performing a cross maneuver, the planes collided after one lost sight of the other. Both pilots were able to eject from their respective aircrafts safely to the crowd’s relief and astonishment.
The planes also did not cause significant harm to any spectators. Some spectators even claim they saw the two pilots engage in a physical altercation after landing, but that’s never been verified.