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    Spitfire incident at Goodwood (July 18 2018)

    Just heard that one of the Boultbee two seater Spitfires suffered a crosswind landing mishap at Goodwood on Monday. Apparently the runway was closed until it got craned off yesterday. Looks like both undercarriage legs torn off. Does anyone have more info? I assume pilot & passenger are OK as we haven't heard otherwise. No doubt there will be another 'should these old aircraft still be flying' media feeding frenzy?!
    A Thousand Shall Fall

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    No doubt there will be another 'should these old aircraft still be flying' media feeding frenzy?!
    If you hadn't mentioned it here, the press probably wouldn't have found out about it.

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      #3
      Pretty sure the press don't read this forum. If they did, they might at least get some of their stories factually correct!
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        #4
        Taxiing rather than landing.... I do hope "Monday's Experts" keep shtum
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          #5
          Is there more than one 2 seater based at Goodwood?
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            #6
            That's funny! The guy who posts that it was a "crosswind landing mishap" goes on to snipe at the media for not getting their stories "factually correct." And then it turns out that the incident involved taxiing rather than landing. Let's hope the media doesn't need him as an expert witness. "Taxiing, landing, parking, short final...it's all the same thing, innit?"

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              #7
              Any one know which aircraft? Any images floating around?

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                #8
                Nothing reported on the Two-Seat Spitfire page - that's usually on the ball with Spitfire trainer info.
                Daren Cogdon

                Spitfire fanatic

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                  #9
                  So it was a cross-wind taxiing incident?
                  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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                    #10
                    Nothing reported on the Two-Seat Spitfire page - that's usually on the ball with Spitfire trainer info.

                    It is, for restoration news and promoting flights.

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                      #11
                      I think there are two, two-seater Spitfires based at Goodwood. Maybe someone can confirm?

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                        #12
                        There is only one based two seater at Goodwood, SM520. PT462 and PV202 both visit to boost capacity when needed. The accident machine is SM520.

                        FB

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                          #13
                          Crikey.....ripping both legs off while just taxiing is quite a feat..........caught out by adverse ground conditions (rut developed from cracked earth?) as a result of the long dry spell maybe?
                          I was with it all the way until letting the brakes off..........

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                            #14
                            A bit of fact massaging here I suspect. When does the high speed run out of the landing morph into taxiing ? Three seconds after touchdown, or when you get to 15mph ? Who can say. You need a lot of energy to bust off or bend the legs, and that would not be expected at conventional taxiing speeds.

                            The Facebook page probably has ongoing contact with the Spit operators, and may well have been asked to keep a lid on things.

                            Anyway, frustrating for the operators, vexing for the pilot, expensive for the insurers but not a big deal, as these two-seaters usually seem to jump back on their legs in short order. IF the reported fact are true, then SM520 joins the not very exclusive club of two-seat Spits which have ended up on their bellies, which is virtually all of them !

                            Given the intensity of operations, the known fragility of the U/C, perhaps a slightly more aft C of G in the twin-seaters, this sort of incident is to be expected once in a while.

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                              #15
                              Ripping off both legs? Or them folding neatly into the wings. I know of only one case where the former happened whilst taxying, which was down to substandard pintle studs. I *think* it was Mark Hanna; I know it was ML417, in France.

                              Its usually the legs coming off the locks for some reason.

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                                #16
                                In that case, the images will look a lot like this one: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untit...-T9C/1352635/L
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                                  #17
                                  Didn't G-TRIX have pintle stud failure following landing at Goodwood some years ago.
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                                    #18
                                    "Pretty sure the press don't read this forum. If they did, they might at least get some of their stories factually correct!"

                                    Interestingly I've just looked at the forum members on line (btm front page) and we have a member; "dailymirror" I'm sure there's no connection...…..
                                    Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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                                      #19
                                      There was a recent mishap with a different warbird firm recently who imposed an immediate blackout on photos/reporting etc - I guess the same thing has happened here - any negative publicity with Spitfire Operator A might cause punters to pick Spitfire Operator B....
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                                        #20
                                        Quite understandable, but pretty optimistic to think you can 'quarantene' events these days.

                                        Being on an airfield helps, as it is a contained environment.

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