Crash spitfire in France

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  1. stona

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    It is a niche market and I bet such items come with a hefty price tag attached! How many Spitfire spars are needed each year? Not enough to achieve any economies of scale, that's for sure :)
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    Replicas, in the real sense of the word, are not immune to accidents either. This one came down in France on the 19th.


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    Now that is some weathering!
     
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    That are one of those with the mighty Griffon engine, seems like the pilot he applied too much trottle.
     
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    P-51 'Miss Velma' came a cropper at Flying Legends, making a forced and heavy landing in a field. Here she is being returned to Duxford on the back of a truck.

    miss velma.jpg

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    Hm. More damage than I'd imagine. However, the pilot displayed magnificent skill in aborting the approached landing, veering off and putting it down alongside the M11 Motorway.
    From 'abort' to touch down could only have been around 5 to maybe 10 seconds, with a hard turn to starboard from a banked, curving approach to port. Had this been a 'service' aircraft, I think the pilot would have received a 'green endorsement' in his log book for his supreme skill in saving the aircraft.
     
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    Another P-51 bit the dust and took two souls with it:

    MSC News
     
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    That's awful. Any life lost is a terrible thing, but I always feel for the passenger when these events happen.
    Steve
     
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    Terrible news.

    On the Saturday I attended the Duxford show, I learned that the Spitfire XIV, the original subject of this post, is to begin repairs soon as the owner is keen to get it in the air again. The aircraft had just recently received a new wing spar before the mishap. Expensive business.
     
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    Real shame about the P-51 :(

    At least good to hear the Spitfire will fly again. Expensive rebuild as Andy's alluded too though. Worth it hopefully.
     
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