Sir, I know this is a emotive subject and one no doubt close to your heart.
Saying warbird aerobatics is "extremely deadly" to me is a bit like saying all aviation is extremely deadly. I've watched this video and from a aerobatics point of view, it's extremely tame - no doubt way within the aeroplanes limits and very mild aerobatics - and most importantly pretty high up.
As far as the Bearcat crash, well, if the guy was doing a 1/2 Cuban on takeoff, he was nuts. Plently of young pilots have done nuts stuff like this. Could it be possible he got into control difficulties - something jammed back in the tail perhaps? Anyway, something may come out of the official FAA report some time in the future.
You have been hurt by pilot & aeroplane losses over the years - that effects us all. I've known about a dozen or so people who are no longer here who died in aeroplane accidents, but I still fly. I don't know how I'd feel if I lost a really close mate - touch wood, that hasn't happened yet. I don't belive flying and aerobatics is dangerous. Yes, it involves risk, but it's up to the individual to manage that risk. Flying warbirds involves perhaps a higher risk, due to the high performance nature of these aeroplanes.
Humans are a adventurous species. We need to go fast, climb mountains and sometimes do stupid stuff, just to see where the limits are.
Generally speaking, the older pilots are wiser and less prone to getting rushes of blood and doing stupid stuff - that's my experience. I've known some pilots here to do snap rolls on take off and in one instance coming in to land - just missing the ground - guys in their 40's & 50's doing this insane stuff. The two statistical danger periods in aviation are the guys with around 300 hours (who think they know it all) and the guys with a few thousand hours (who think they know it all and fly with no margin for safety).
I believe if a pilot passes his medical, he should still fly. Every two years a private pilot has to have a review - every year for commercial pilots. So this generally picks up any issues.
BTW, I do think this discussion is really healthy stuff and you're opinion is certainly a valid one. Personally, I doubt that if I reached the lofty age of 75, I'd still be doing aerobatics - I think 65 would be enough for me from just handling the physical & mental stresses. But this is me - other people have different mental and physical limits.
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