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Spitfire on its nose in the US, interesting recovery technique

Old 10th Jul 2023, 18:19
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Spitfire on its nose in the US, interesting recovery technique

The nose over, suspect brake stuck on.

https://news.dpgazette.com/2023/07/a...t-no-injuries/

The erm..... recovery.. Still they got it off the runway and into a shed... let's hope it didn't cause much more damage.

https://www.spokesman.com/galleries/...er-park-crash/


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It's the Historic Flight Foundation's FR.IXe (aka N633VS).
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John Sessions (owner) said prop appears to be the only major casualty, recovery was apparently done very carefully; looks like there is something cushioning the airframe on the back of the truck.
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Presumably the pick up is front wheel drive !! seems to work well though...
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John Sessions (owner) said prop appears to be the only major casualty, recovery was apparently done very carefully; looks like there is something cushioning the airframe on the back of the truck.
And, presumably, a shock-loaded Merlin to inspect in some detail?
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Presumably the pick up is front wheel drive !! seems to work well though...
It's got a diff on the back axle but I guess it's 4WD, not just front.
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And, presumably, a shock-loaded Merlin to inspect in some detail?
Yes, even it it turns out that nothing is bent, the inspection doesn't come cheap.
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Indeed, not cheap for the inspection but I believe several Merlin/Griffon prop strikes at low RPM in recent years have destroyed the wooden blades but engines have been undamaged... Years ago the price of a single Spitfire blade was 25k I believe, hate to think what the cost is now!
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