On Wednesday, June 5th, 1969 the Reading Air Show was at the Reading Municipal Airport. Shortly after 6:30 pm, Capt. Richard Schram was performing a routine he had done for 23 years involving him pretending to be a professor who high-jacks a plane without knowing how to fly it. A few minutes into the routine he lost control of the aircraft which was in a nosedive. His son, Lt. Richard Schram Jr., was a part of the performance, describing over the PA speaker the acts his father was supposed to be doing in air.
The sound of the impact was described as a dull thud in the Reading Eagle, with almost perfect silence from the crowd afterward. Capt. Schram’s body was pulled from the wreckage and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after. The rest of the festivities for that day were cancelled.
The plunge Wednesday evening of the single-engine plane piloted by stunt pilot Capt. Dick Schram is captured in this photo as the Piper Cub smashed into the ground hose first. Schram died in the crash photographed by Walter Mayer of Reinholds, who operated a machine shop at the Reading Municipal Airport where the accident occured.