Plane bearing World War II Nazi insignia crashes onto US highway

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Plane bearing World War II Nazi insignia crashes onto US highway

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October 24, 2018 13:59:34

US motorists got a shock when a vintage plane painted with the insignia of Hitler’s air force crash-landed in the middle of a highway in southern California.

The aircraft crashed onto the central reservation of US 101 on Tuesday afternoon local time, but according to CBS no vehicles were hit.

The pilot, the only occupant of the plane, escaped before the plane burst into flames.

The aircraft was not a German World War II plane, but a North American AT-6 training aircraft painted in a Luftwaffe camouflage scheme and bearing the Balkenkreuz isignia used on Nazi warplanes.

It belonged to a non-profit organisation which stages mock dogfights for air shows and performs at ceremonial events.

The Balkenkreuz was a variation on the Iron Cross used by Nazi Germany on planes and vehicles.

The AT-6 was developed in the 1930s, and was used to train US pilots during World War II.

The crash, which occurred west of Los Angeles, slowed traffic to a crawl as the pilot was rescued and fire fighters dealt with the blaze.

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October 24, 2018 13:41:26

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