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Old 7th Sep 2015, 11:04
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Spitfire lands in Kent field

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Looks like a good effort.
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Glad to know the pilot is fine.
Let's hope the old glory gets fixed soon.
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Oh come on! 70 years ago or so, this would hardly have been news.
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Ooops! second wheels up landing for this particular Spit..

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70 years ago or so, this would hardly have been news.
Yes, occurred to me when I posted and, regrettably, not all with the relatively agreeable outcome.
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But whose is it? I'm due at Goodwood soon to fly in Boutilee's 2 seater.

I saw the video of the wheels up at Sibson (spitfire % replica). Was it under power for the landing? The prop was turning, slowly. I don't know the engine, no doubt modern and perhaps CRU. I wonder at a stationary feathered position to avoid shock loading the engine as the prop coughs a furrow. I n this case the blades snapped of PDQ.
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But whose is it? I'm due at Goodwood soon to fly in Boutilee's 2 seater.
No, not Boultbee's, Hangar 10's:

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Though it was reportedly on its way to Goodwood.
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Luther : Exactly. 70 years ago was when the coin was phrased.................."If you can walk away from it , it was a good'n" !
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Frankly, in stubble like that with a taildragger, I'd have landed wheels up intentionally (as I'm sure this pilot did). The odds of going tip over arse and racking up both the plane and myself (faceful of instruments) would be really high with the weight distribution and gear location.

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Old 7th Sep 2015, 17:23
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It was wheels up - actually its third such denouement I believe. A very safe pair of hands dealing with an engine failure as I hear it.

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So are we going to go on with near misses and repairs until the machine is lot altogether? Then future generations will not be able to see at first hand how delicate they are.

Eventually, they all have to come to ground and I suggest that it's better they do so in a controlled fashion at the end of a natural span - as XH558 will have to.
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Then future generations will not be able to see at first hand how delicate they are.
There is an almost inexhaustible supply of potentially airworthy Spitfires, given that airworthiness authorities like the CAA will let you "rebuild" one from little more than the manufacturer's data plate.
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There is an almost inexhaustible supply of potentially airworthy Spitfires, given that airworthiness authorities like the CAA will let you "rebuild" one from little more than the manufacturer's data plate.
One of my hobbies is WWI aircraft. With sufficient technical information, you can build the airframe, but obtaining and supporting an original engine is very difficult. When the supplies of engines and spares are used up-as they will be-the WWII and cold war aircraft will be grounded. Then it will truly be a rich man's game.
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There is photo somewhere showing the other aspect. The wing is off and the props are about 6 inch stubs.

One thinks it won't buff out so easily, but I'm glad to hear the driver is ok.
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Would'nt Plastic type blades be better, they would just bend out of shape on impact,.. and possible stop shock loads , then a nifty bit of heat would straighten em out again to be ready for next flight..?
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Would'nt Plastic type blades be better, they would just bend out of shape on impact,.. and possible stop shock loads , then a nifty bit of heat would straighten em out again to be ready for next flight..?
Yeah, and a bit of duct tape to bodge the severed wing back on, dont worry about the spar, should be flying again by next weekend.
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I think I'm interested in seeing the aircraft in real life. We've just lost a Hunter and tell me how many airworthy - original - Mosquitos, Beaufighters etc. that we have left?
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There are no Airworthy Beaufighters anywhere, but that is because there haven't been any since they were retired from the Air Forces they flew for so they do not illustrate the point you want to make.

The airworthy Mosquito is extinct in UK but I think I'm correct in saying there is one in USA, Canada and New Zealand. The UK example had given many millions of spectators the chance to see and hear it in all its glory for 30 ish years before its accident. We can still see static examples in museums, but I am glad that I got the chance to see the Mosquito flying in formation with the DH88 Comet at Shuttleworth before it did crash. A memorable experience.

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