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Spitfire Incident at CYOW

Old 11th Sep 2001, 07:47
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Earlier today a Spitfire, mark unknown, had the landing gear collapse on landing. Damage is said to be to the belly and the prop. No injuries to the pilot, Michael Potter. The fuselage lettering, I think, was J MR. The aircraft appears to be a latter type PR series as it is painted that nice blue.....
Hopefully Mr. Potter can get that work of art back in the air as soon as possible, after all, they do sound and look absolutely marvelous and not too many around this part of the world.
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Mr Potter interviewed a few minutes ago on TV News. Unharmed. Reports propeller and other minor damage.
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Minor damage! will involve full and complete stripdown of G/Box, Merlin +Supercharge unit for shock loads and rebuild of all will cost a pretty penny or two, but whats money, the man walked !
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Today's local paper reports "damage to all four propeller tips" and the undercarriage. The aircraft was lifted by crane, the undercarriage was dropped, and the a/c then towed away. The wings were not damaged. The pilot is quoted: "It's surprising how little damaged she got, really". The aircraft was flown by Sir James Robb during his time as c-in-c Allied airforces in western Europe post-WW2.

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