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  • Mark12
    MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
    • Jan 2000
    • 10863

    Advisory - Spitfire MJ772 - incident - no injuries

    Looking like MJ772 made a wheels up landing in Germany yesterday.

    Image shows just about the minimum amount of damage that could be expected from such a landing.

    Ouch.

    Mark
    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"
  • David Burke
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 10027

    #2
    Refer lower to the Meier Motors thread

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    • Pen Pusher
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2005
      • 2657

      #3
      From http://www.badische-zeitung.de/eschb...-59051562.html



      Brian
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      • Propstrike
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2004
        • 4002

        #4
        Those TR9's all seem to end up on their tummies ( I mean ALL ) , and some more than once!

        MJ 772 adopted this very pose at Little Staughton in 1968.

        Picture borrowed from this thread.


        http://www.warbirdinformationexchang...=8437&start=45


        Having seen the speed and the quality of the team there, it will no doubt be back in the air in short order. Good luck with that.
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        • DCK
          DCK
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Feb 2006
          • 1362

          #5
          It says the pilot was British?
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          • ZRX61
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2005
            • 4767

            #6
            Damn Luftwaffe
            If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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            • Dr Strangelove
              Doktor Merkwrdigliebe
              • May 2008
              • 1384

              #7
              Looks fixable, glad there were no injuries.

              Wonder if that tiny little man hanging off the tail wheel was a contributory factor....
              Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.

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              • shepsair
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Oct 2009
                • 284

                #8
                Spitfire

                Dr Strangelove.

                That was hit good luck charm

                your comment made me laugh. Thanks for that.

                Glad everyone OK and not too much damage I hope.

                Mark

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                • 92fis
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Nov 2004
                  • 1516

                  #9
                  Did the gear collapse on landing as the left leg is slightly down? Doesn't look too badly damaged though thankfully.

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                  • markstringer
                    Mr T wannabe
                    • Sep 2005
                    • 1024

                    #10
                    The poor air fighter academy haven't had a lot of luck have they?

                    Good news the pilot is ok. Don't worry too much, the Meier guys will probably have it back in the air by next week!!!

                    Any idea whom the pilot was?
                    I PITY THE FOOL

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                    • Newforest
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2005
                      • 8887

                      #11
                      http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=145416

                      Achim Meier was flying the plane this week.
                      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                      • Newforest
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Apr 2005
                        • 8887

                        #12
                        http://www.badische-zeitung.de/eschb...rten-notlanden

                        Three more photos here. Article confirms that the pilot in the incident was a 59 year old British pilot.
                        http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                        • Moggy C
                          Moderator
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 20534

                          #13
                          Google translation makes it all much clearer

                          The activities performed by a prudent and experienced pilots on Thursday evening at the airport to prevent the industrial park Breisgau worse. The 59-year-old had to make an emergency landing with a vintage airplane, because the landing gear on strike. A larger contingent of firefighters and police were alerted, could then rise but a somewhat frightened, but unharmed driver out of the machine to see. had after the pilot had taken off from the airfield Bremgarten, his flight took place and wanted to start to land, he remarked, that one of the two wheels on the chassis of the Spitfire MK IX is no longer allowed to leave. The 59-year-old pilot responded calmly: he informed the tower and turned about 30 to 45 minutes several rounds of the business park Breisgau, the fuel gauge in view. His goal: a possible empty tank to the emergency landing in a fire or even to avoid an explosion. meantime made ​​under him on the floor, the emergency services provided 50 firefighters, 20 police officers - including officials from the Criminal Mllheim that after the emergency landing at once the Investigation into the cause of the accident shots - and two rescue vehicles were on alert. The experienced pilot, it was finally at 18.30 clock, the Spitfire sure to be placed on the grass runway.
                          Moggy
                          "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                          • Bruce
                            Independent analyst
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 10223

                            #14
                            Sounds like stuck undercarriage selector.

                            A not uncommon problem, usually solved by a reselection.



                            Bruce

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                              #15
                              Don't you just love Google translate?

                              "....the landing gear was on strike."

                              Having just used Google translate to send a letter to France I suspect I'll hear the laughter from across La Manche anyday soon.

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                              • jeepman
                                infrequent poster now
                                • Apr 2004
                                • 1982

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Dr Strangelove View Post
                                Looks fixable, glad there were no injuries.

                                Wonder if that tiny little man hanging off the tail wheel was a contributory factor....
                                he's not just any tiny little man - he's a Leprechaun - it is an ex Irish Air Force Spitfire after all
                                Last edited by jeepman; 4th May 2012, 20:31.
                                JM

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                                • DazDaMan
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Aug 2003
                                  • 18706

                                  #17
                                  A shame, but hopefully the Meier guys will have her back up and about in short order!
                                  Daren Cogdon

                                  Spitfire fanatic

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                                  • proplover
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Oct 2003
                                    • 171

                                    #18
                                    Im sure that someone of Achim Meier's experiance would of thought of re-selecting the gear. There are a number of potential issues that could cause this but one things for sure you wouldnt want to land with one wheel down and one up :-O

                                    Over the years Ive come accross 2 incidents of Spit wheels not coming down (one on ours) - Clive Rowley of BBMF fame dealt with one a few years back by slow rolling the Spit and when the u\c weight was off the uplocks he was able to release the uplocks and as the aircraft rolled out gravity and airflow did the rest :-)

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                                    • kev35
                                      Terminally Bewildered
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 7375

                                      #19
                                      I didn't know Yoda worked as a Google translator?

                                      Regards,

                                      kev35
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                                      • Bruce
                                        Independent analyst
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 10223

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by proplover View Post
                                        Im sure that someone of Achim Meier's experiance would of thought of re-selecting the gear. There are a number of potential issues that could cause this but one things for sure you wouldnt want to land with one wheel down and one up :-O

                                        Over the years Ive come accross 2 incidents of Spit wheels not coming down (one on ours) - Clive Rowley of BBMF fame dealt with one a few years back by slow rolling the Spit and when the u\c weight was off the uplocks he was able to release the uplocks and as the aircraft rolled out gravity and airflow did the rest :-)
                                        Achim Meier wasnt flying it

                                        Yes, that is the best way of getting the weight off the locks - the lock will jam on the undercarriage lock bracket if the weight isnt taken off the gear on initial selection.

                                        Which may, or may not have been the problem! Unless a cable snaps, I dont think it would be possible to get only one leg down.



                                        Bruce

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