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Nearly One Less

By Ian-Jones
The number of airworthy Spitfires was almost reduced by one when the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight's Spitfire IX (images 1 & 5) couldn't get it's undercarriage down and locked.

John Dodd leading the flight in a silver Hurricane XII (images 2, 3, & 4) aborted his landing so that the dutch Spitfire could try a belly landing without crashing into the taxiing Hurricane and both planes went round again allowing the last member of the flight, a P51D Mustang, to land.

After the first landing attempt, the dutch pilot could only get one wheel fully retracted leaving the other one dangling, but after a few minutes he sorted out his problems and landed safely.

This sequence of images was taken as events unfolded.

Tags: Spitfire Goodwood Warbird Hurricane Battle of britain Sports and action 2015 Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight

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25 Sep 2015 8:37PM
Unforgettable symbol of British faith, skill and courage!

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26 Sep 2015 12:01AM
Great pictorial record of the event!
27 Sep 2015 11:50AM
Good images & story of the event
2 Oct 2015 9:12PM
Really amazing set. Cathy

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