Mineral Wells, TX Stunt Flier Killed, Feb 1947


Mineral Wells, Feb. 16 - (AP) - F.B. (DOC) ESTES, well known Fort Worth stunt flier, was killed this afternoon when his small experimental type plane crashed and burned while he was performing low altitude acrobatics during an air show at the Municipal airport here.
ESTES, garage mechanic who instructed cadets at Hicks field during World War II, was demonstrating a maneuver at less than 200 feet altitude, when the small plane stalled and went into a spin.
The ship crashed just off a runway near the administration building of the field and exploded.
Newt Hays, a pilot who had just landed when ESTES took off, rushed into the flames with a fire extinguisher and pulled the Fort Worth flier's body away from the burning craft.
Near panic resulted among the more than 3,000 persons at the air show and several women fainted and were taken to hospitals.
The air show, which was in honor of the inaugural flight of Pioneer Air Lines here, had been in progress only about an hour when the crash occurred at 3 p.m. Other scheduled acts of the show were cancelled.

Abilene Reporter-News Texas 1947-02-17