Fairfield, CT. – August 18, 1902

Fairfield, Connecticut – August 18, 1902   


     On the evening of August 18, 1902, well known aeronaut and performer Clarence C. Bonnette  was performing a balloon ascension and parachute drop at a carnival in the Southport  section of Fairfield.  The performance was going well until he dropped from the balloon.  Just as he was about to land, the parachute became entangled in live electrical wires and his clothing caught fire.  Bonnette was able to disentangle himself, but not before he was severely burned on his left leg and side.     

     Source: The Waterbury (CT.) Democrat, August 19, 1902

     To learn more about Mr. Bonnette, click here.

Fairfield. CT. – May 29, 1975

Fairfield, Connecticut – May 29, 1975

     On the afternoon of May 29, 1975, a Beechcraft T-34 trainer airplane belonging to the Connecticut Civil Air Patrol took off from Bridgeport Airport for a routine flight with two people aboard.  At about 5:00 p.m., the airplane was seen to be circling low over the Southport Harbor area of Fairfield for several minutes, and its engine was heard to be running erratically.  Then the aircraft lost power and crashed into the harbor killing both people aboard.  Their identities were withheld by the press.  


     Hartford Courant, “Harbor Plane Crash Kills 2; 4 Unhurt In other Mishap”, May 30, 1975


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