Episode 123: Ramstein Air Show Disaster

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August 28, 1988 was a beautiful day for watching planes in the sky and on the ground at the Flugtag '88 Air Show held at the US Air Base in Ramstein, Germany. Three hundred thousand spectators couldn't wait to watch Italy's aerobatic team, Fecce Tricolori, and their ten jets fly in a death-defying formation. In our latest episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast, Shelly recounts how everything suddenly unraveled in the sky at Flugtag '88 and how this air disaster forever changed the way we look at air shows.

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Ramstein Air Show Disaster

Photo taken the moment of the collision at the 1988 Ramstein AF Base Air Show

Ramstein Air Show Disaster

Spectators flee the crash scene at the 1988 Ramstein Air Show Disaster. Photo by David Didio

Ramstein Air Show Disaster

A picture of the schedule that day on a program for the air show