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ken anderson.05/06/2017 08:56:10
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**LINK**.....fullsize engine problem...all ok....

ken Anderson...ne...1....fullsize deadstick

Jon - Laser Engines05/06/2017 09:02:04
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I was there and watched it happen. Pretty nervous time for a minute there!

Cuban805/06/2017 09:47:18
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Yes, we were there as well and saw the incident. I noticed that the Gladiator's engine was running a bit rough with some popping and banging earlier on in the day. What was also very worrying was the Seafire's landing on its arrival at OW. It came in very slowly, more so than usual I thought, and landed very short just after the boundary hedge. Appeared that the cross-wind caught it and lifted the starboard wing, after which it got very messy resulting in a very heavy landing on the port undercarriage. I really thought the undercart was going to collapse.

We watched them towing it off the strip after the show, so I'd guess that it'll need a good looking over. A good day, shame it was a bit on the chilly side when we lost the sun in the afternoon.

Jon - Laser Engines05/06/2017 09:59:07
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it really did get nippy in the afternoon, I wish I had bought another jacket.

I missed the arrival of the seafire as I was listening to the pilots chats by the scout and pup. I did notice its approach looked very slow and after it vanished from view the unmistakeable roar of the merlin was heard, I assume in an effort to straighten things out.

A shame it didn't fly but if it took a whack like that then its probably best to get it looked at

Chris Freeman 305/06/2017 10:32:59
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Not sure what Merlin is in a Seafury?

Chris Freeman 305/06/2017 10:34:15
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My Mistake, I see it was Seafire, is that new on the circuit?

Bill_B05/06/2017 10:52:29
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I don't see or hear any evidence of a deadstick landing. Was it reported as such at the show?

DaveyP05/06/2017 11:01:56
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I think you'll find it was a precautionary landing in an adjacent field.

Cuban805/06/2017 11:55:34
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The Gladiator's landing was not dead stick, but clearly, the pilot was unhappy to continue around the circuit back to the main runway. Although partially obscured by trees, his approach to the adjacent emergency landing site looked quite normal and only required an immediate turn to the right out of formation to line up and set down..

ken anderson.05/06/2017 16:09:15
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oops--ok sorry..the engine was still running(just)...maybe one of the mod's can change the title ect......... in case I get took to court for wrong description etc angel​ ......the aircraft landed in the next field intact-to be recovered and took back to its hangar......

ken Anderson...ne...1 wrong description/title dept.

Martin Harris - Moderator05/06/2017 16:31:09
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No need for apologies Ken - if the engine was incapable of providing enough (reliable) power to get in from where he was and the pilot elected to do a field landing because of it, that'll do as a dead stick for me!

He won't pass his "A" on that flight though...wink

ken anderson.05/06/2017 16:43:58
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yes-I know martin...but they are ganging up on me.......i'll start a thread...when is a dead stick not a dead stick? .....(joking) ....he did well in my books to get it down ok...all credit to him...... could have been a lot of dead sticks..

ken Anderson...ne...1 all credit dept.

Don Fry05/06/2017 17:27:30
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Walked away, machine, a precious machine, undamaged. Result

But Ken, a little less mention of dead please.

Jon - Laser Engines05/06/2017 19:21:37
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from where I was stood it looked like an engine failure to me. if he thought he had the power I am sure he would have made it to the runway.

But to prevent confusion lets call it an engine issue and subsequent forced landing just to be sure :P

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator05/06/2017 19:48:24
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Posted by ken anderson. on 05/06/2017 16:09:15:

oops--ok sorry..the engine was still running(just)...maybe one of the mod's can change the title ect......... in case I get took to court for wrong description etc angel​ ......the aircraft landed in the next field intact-to be recovered and took back to its hangar......

ken Anderson...ne...1 wrong description/title dept.

Your wish is my command Ken.....teeth 2

I also capitalised your title.....thumbs up

Steve H ...PR6.....improved Grammar dept...wink 2

Bravo Delta05/06/2017 19:58:46
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I left around the 5:00pm mark so did not see the incident , glad to see all was well.

The Gladiator seemed ok to my untrained ear on its earlier flight as far as I could tell .

I missed the last hour , did the Fury and the Bearcat make it to the show ?

ken anderson.06/06/2017 13:46:05
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thank you Steve..... keep things in order for the readers etc.....

ken Anderson...ne...1 readers dept.

Cuban812/06/2017 07:50:11
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Edited By Cuban8 on 12/06/2017 08:07:38

J D 812/06/2017 10:31:46
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Would have had worse than that landing on a carrier deck.wink

Edited By J D 8 on 12/06/2017 10:32:03

Martin Harris - Moderator12/06/2017 12:52:22
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Looked a little nose high/slow to me during the approach and flare. Any regular Spit/Seafire watchers feel the same?

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