Crash Landing in Va. Beach

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  1. ccheese

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    A WW-II Yak fighter, belonging to the "Fighter Factory" in Va. Beach, Va.
    had it's landing gear collapse just before noon today. News reports just
    said it was a Yak [The Fighter Factory has a Yak-3 and a Yak-9] The
    pilot walked away with no injuries. This is a private owner who has quite
    a few WW-II aircraft that he has restored and are on display. I've seen a
    P-51, a Hurricane, and an N3N flying around, and he has others.

    More later...

    Charles
     
  2. Bucksnort101

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    Too bad, good to hear the Pilot walked away. Is this the place? The Fighter Factory? Have a Yak 3, Mig 3, and a Yak 55 listed in thier inventory.
    Quite a collection of aircraft listed.

    World War II Aircraft
     
  3. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Good to hear the pilot is okay.
     
  4. Thorlifter

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    How does the saying go?

    Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

    I'm also glad to hear the pilot is ok but sorry to hear about the plane. Hopefully there isn't too much damage.
     
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    Here's the official news release:

    Vintage plane's landing gear collapses after landing in Beach

    By Cindy Clayton
    Shawn Day
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © July 29, 2008

    VIRGINIA BEACH

    The landing gear of a vintage Russian plane collapsed after it landed and was taxiing at Virginia Beach Airport in Pungo, authorities said.

    The one person aboard the 1943 Yak-3M wasn't hurt when the landing gear collapsed about 11:20 a.m. at the private airport, in the 1300 block of Princess Anne Road, said dispatchers and Battalion Chief Leon Dextradeur of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

    The damage from the plane was contained to a field, said Sgt. Michelle Cotten, state police spokeswoman.

    The name of the pilot has not been released.

    Virginia Beach authorities were assisting state police with the investigation, she said.

    The Virginia Beach Airport at the Military Aviation Museum is used by the Fighter Factory for vintage and replica aircraft, according to the museum's Web site, Military Aviation Museum.

    The Fighter Factory is a private collection of historical aircraft that is not open to the public on a regular basis, according to its Web site, Fighter Factory - WWII Aircraft Recovery and Restoration.

    Charles
     

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    A shame, but the a/c does look like it's repairable. Glad the pilot wasn't hurt.
     
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    A perfect landing is a Controlled Crash
     
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    Thankfully the pilot is okay. The airplane doesn't look too bad.
     
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    FWIW, we've had a lot of rain in the past two weeks, and I'm sure the grass
    field was kinda soggy. The plane had landed and was taxiing back to the
    hanger when both gear collapsed, I think to the left.

    Charles
     
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    Good to hear the pilot is ok, and from the picture, the damage doesn't lok too bad at all, though I'm no expert. I'd say it's the best that can be hoped for under the circumstances.
     
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    If he's experienced with restoring old aircraft, a collapsed landing gear (or two) should be no problem. Its sad to see the aircraft crash in any way, but ultimately they're expendable. Its the pilot that's not!
     
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    X2 the plane is rebuildable the body isnt:D
     
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