It was supposed to be just a little PR stunt. To celebrate the release of its aviation-history-spanning movie, "Legends of Flight," Boeing had eight vintage planes buzzing around Washington, D.C.
But when the 1940s-era Stearman PT17 biplane came in for landing at Reagan National Airport, an ill-timed crosswind flipped it propeller-over-heels. After the jump, video of the crash, including helmet-came footage from the reporter on board.
The pilot and Washington Post transit reporter Ashley Halsey III -- the only other passenger -- both walked away unscathed. "I could hear the propeller crunch as it hit the tarmac," said Halsey. "We were hanging upside down on our shoulder harnesses."
The open-cockpit planes were built between 1938 and 1943. A time, apparently, when accidents like these happened a lot.