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Old 11-08-2019, 02:22 PM
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Default Spitfire crash after aborted landing approach

Not an ideal landing approach but not bad either. Sometimes it's best to take the opportunity and not abort, go around, and aim for perfection. This is why...

Bad luck. Fixable though I suspect.

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Old 11-09-2019, 08:47 AM
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It sounds like he lost the engine when he went to throttle up. At that point he is low and slow with nowhere to go. In addition the airplane is in a very draggy condition with flaps and gear down. Given the way it drops a wing I'm guessing it must have been pretty close to stall speed when the engine sagged (ran out of gas?). It looks like the pilot is trying to hold the nose and the wing up. Armchair quarterback says he should have pushed the nose down and stuffed it into the weeds.
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:22 AM
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Yeap,,,Hold that elevator,, it's gotta go up,, right??

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Old 11-12-2019, 11:06 AM
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Always better to land straight ahead, wings level. Always, unless you're gonna set it down into a running wood chipper or the like.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:13 AM
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What strikes me is how easy that fuse snaps in half,, if this was a bolt on from the bottom wing instead of a top hatch design that plane would probable still be flyable

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