DH Chipmunk Survives Hitting an Antenna

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MIflyer

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At an airshow in Argentina a DH Chipmunk demonstrated impressive durability when it hit an antenna during an airshow and still managed to land safely. Look at all those big beautiful rivets!

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I note they provided no views of the cockpit...... Hope the seats are colored brown.

Reportedly, that Chipmunk is that oldest one still flying.

A guy used to fly his Super Chipmunk from our airfield. He landed one day and said he would need fuel. I made a call on Unicom for him, "The Chipmunk needs fuel." A young lady replied, "What does the squirrel need?"

She presumably did not know that there is a British helicopter named the Squirrel.
 
Buy a new one?

 
We had a Chipmunk with an IO-540, constant speed prop, a blown canopy and a Krier tail for a company hack at the FBO I worked for. Was a lot of fun to fly. It would go nearly straight up once you got it off the ground and poured the power to that 540. Unfortunately, the company accountant got a little sloppy shooting some circuits and sank into the approach lights one day. A dent in the leading edge, a tear in the fuselage forward of the wing and some torn fabric. As far as I know, it's still sitting on fixtures out at the owner's ranch, waiting to be repaired. Wish I had the space and the $ for it.
 
As always, I'm so happy that the crew were able to land safely, and evacuated.

It seems repairable, but how much would cost? Both money and work hour?
 

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