A de Havilland vintage aircraft with nine people on board pitched on landing because of a deflated tyre, an investigation found. The 1943 de Havilland Dragon Rapide was being used for short commercial flights ahead of an air show display at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on 19 June. A report by the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) found the tyre caused the plane to „decelerate rapidly and pitch onto its nose“. Eight passengers and the pilot were led to safety uninjured, the report added.
Investigators found the experienced 53-year-old pilot had recorded an earlier flight without incident as well as a normal take-off on the second flight. There had been a „significant crosswind“ on the second approach to the runway at Duxford, just before 09:30 BST. The pilot described the landing as a „not particularly heavy touchdown though with a bit of a skip“, the report said, with the tips of both propellers striking the runway. The report said: „On landing, the aircraft decelerated rapidly and unexpectedly. „It pitched onto its nose and exited the runway to the right. It was later discovered that the right main landing gear tyre had deflated either in flight or on touchdown.“ The cockpit, front fuselage and propellers were badly damaged in the crash.
All the passengers were directed to leave the aircraft by ladder through a rear cabin door which was „a significant distance above the ground“, the report said. Investigators found a tear and two puncture marks in an inner tube of a tyre. The crash outcome was „consistent with the expected effects of landing with a deflated right main tyre“, it concluded. About 20,000 people attended the two-day air show at Duxford, enjoying highlights including a fly-past by the Red Arrows. Source: ‚BBC, British Broadcasting Company‚.
The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most iconic aircraft of all time. Between 1937 and 1947 over 20,000 of them were built and in those 10 years, Spitfires changed dramatically from the Mk 1 to the Mk 24. More powerful engines, new wing shapes, different armaments, and more were added to the Spitfire in an attempt to maintain its edge over enemy aircraft. The Supermarine Spitfire was the only Allied frontline fighter in complete and continuous development all the way through the Second World War.
IWM Duxford has Spitfires from all the way through production, in fact, there are probably more Spitfires gathered together at Duxford than anywhere else in the world. In this episode of Duxford in Depth, Graham Rodgers looks at how the Spitfire evolved by taking us through just a few of Duxford’s collection of Spitfires including marks 1, 5, 9, 14, and 24. Source: ‚Youtube / Imperial War Museums‚.
Flying Legends Airshow künftig auf Sywell Aerodrome
Die Organisatoren der Flying Legends Airshow planen ihren Event am 10. und 11 Juli 2021 neu auf dem Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire abzuhalten, wie auf ihrer facebook-Seite in einer Nachricht von Nick Grey zu erfahren ist:
„Dear Friends of Flying Legends, I look at this and the years gone by with immense gratitude for all the wonderful moments we have lived with you our faithful and fanatical community. It is with a heavy heart that we confirm 2019 was the final Flying Legends with our friends at IWM Duxford. We truly hope that our team will find an alternative location to welcome this iconic event and that we will have the privilege of seeing you all again. Thank you for your support and kindness. Yours sincerely Nick.“
Sywell ist bereits für „Warbird-Events“ bekannt und ist die Heimat der „Air Leasing“ und „Ultimate Warbird Flights“.