Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dramatic Moment Spitfire Lands Without Wheels

This is the nail-biting moment, reminiscent of the Battle of Britain (summer 1940), when a skilled pilot was forced to carry out an emergency landing of his replica Spitfire (A fighter aircraft used during World War II) - without any wheels.

The aircraft was flying at Sibson Airfield near Peterborough, England,  when the worried pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he couldn't release his landing gear. Skydivers jumping at the airfield in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were grounded as the brave pilot circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to frantically burn fuel.

Emergency services arrived at the scene just as the stunning one-man plane was carefully flown towards the ground in strong winds by the nervous expert. But amazingly he managed to land the replica fighter plane without any landing gear - skillfully skimming the aircraft over the grass on its belly. Relieved onlookers said the propeller fell off when it came to a safe stop, and the relieved pilot was completely unharmed.

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