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RNHF Sea Fury wheels up at Culdrose

Old 31st Jul 2014, 16:44
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RNHF Sea Fury wheels up at Culdrose

Reports are that the RNHF Sea Fury suffered an inflight loss of power and then during the subsequent forced landing ended up on its belly towards the end of the days flying display

Pilot walked away unharmed, no word on the airframe damage yet!

Hats off to the pilot for a job well done in making a good result from a bad situation! 👍
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 17:43
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Glad he is ok and hopefully it's ok.
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 17:45
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Pics on the news show him landing on the runway and the gear collapsing. Glad he's ok.

Edit. Forgot to mention engine was smoking.

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Sad for the airframe, but delighted pilot OK
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UPDATE: witnesses describe "amazing flying" of pilot after a plane crashed near end of RNAS Culdrose Air Day | West Briton

Film here

Sea Fury Completes Emergency Landing at Air Show | Forces TV
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I'm quite surprised at how little coverage this is getting. If this had happened at Duxford etc we'd have several pages of posts by now. Does anybody know the status of VR930?
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 18:36
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Saw it at Benson families day last week, awesome aircraft. I thought it had an issue then as the engine was mega smokey as it taxied in!
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I recall G-FURY making a mess of my approach at Waddo ... overheated motor after a long pre-departure hold at display location [Somewhere near Grimbsy] apparently, leading to a very large air brake at the front when it seized..

All crashes are bad, but 'classics' are worse.

Curiously, Spenser Flack and I were in adjacent wards at Nocton Hall [for unrelated issues] shortly afterwards. I chose not to mention the subject, or indeed my role in getting him onto a stretcher.
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Appears to have been brilliantly handled by the pilot, as one would expect, but whilst he avoided thousands of spectators, no mention of avoiding 2 primary schools a hospital and an old peoples' home. Press must be having an "off" day............... But so, so pleased pilot OK. Hope aircraft is repairable, again.
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 20:39
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The only important factor here is that the driver got out. Many of his ilk have not been so lucky with Sea Fury accidents (Charlie Hillard and Paul Morgan to mention but two fairly recent ones)

Well done Sir.
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 21:25
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Crash at Culdrose

BBC teletext is reporting a Sea Fury crash at the air day at Culdrose. The report fortunately says the pilot walked away unhurt. Any more info?
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 21:32
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BBC News - Aircraft crashes on to runway at Royal Navy Air Day

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Old 31st Jul 2014, 22:03
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The RNHF hasn't had much luck with its Sea Furies ...
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Old 31st Jul 2014, 22:26
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but OAP homes abound. It is Cornwall after-all.
Including chez TTN, from where I had been watching the display through the binocs (16, and a bloody long queue to get in? You must be joking ) I was in fact driving into Helston around 5pm and could see the Sea Fury doing its display as I drove in. Only heard about what had happened when I watched the BBC SW news at 6.30. Anyway the pilot is fine, which is the main thing, and in my totally inexpert opinion the aircraft looks repairable.

Bit of thread drift, but I enjoyed the show. Pleased that 558 made it again, but the best bit for me was the Canberra and the pair of Hunters - blue note distinctly audible even from a couple of miles away. Also enjoyed the Meteor and Vampire, and the B25 was a nice addition. Oh, and for once the notorious Culdrose Air Day weather actually stayed ok.
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Blimey this is an eye opener, superbly done

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BZ to Chris, Fury was in trouble before landing, according to the announcer, and he got it safely on the deck sharpish.
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Superb bit of flying!!

Many of us would have been tempted to put the gear down earlier and (thanks to extra drag) missed the airfield.

An entirely appropriate BZ.

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Old 1st Aug 2014, 06:58
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Video at this link shows the gear coming down earlier in the sequence, so presumably there was a problem there as well and he retracted then lowered it again. Neither leg appears to have locked down as in Nutty's link the left leg seems to swing inboard slightly just before touch down.

Great work Sir and so very glad you are in one piece.


This video shows what can happen when a Sea Fury lands with one unsafe...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEs5xKXgm6w
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