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Lost at Duxford

By patspeirs  
P51 Mustang - 'Big Beautiful Doll'

One of the most colourful and charismatic P51s was lost at Duxford Legends Day on Sunday. During the last event of the day the 'Doll' was in involved in a mid-air collision with another aircrfat in the formation, a Douglas Skyraider. The impact was such that the P51 fuselage was cut almost in two, probably severing the rudder and elevator controls. The pilot immediately started bail out procedures and although the whole episode was below 500ft the P51 pilot managed a successful parachute landing. The P51 is now a large hole in the ground! The Skyraider, missing about four feet of the starboard wing managed to recover controlled flight and carried out a near normal landing. The incident has left a huge hole in the local warbird scene but, most importantly, no one was injured.
The image shows the 'Doll' in happier days.

Tags: Mustang Digital art WW2 warbird

Voters: luckybry, SteveMoulding, helenlinda and 30 more

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13 Jul 2011 10:29PM
My favourite fighter, Pat and you photographed it expertly.

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helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2011 10:33PM
How amazing that no-one was injured
Well captured
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Jul 2011 11:30PM
A very crisp image of the plane, Pat.
And I did see the news item on the crash...just glad to know that no one was seriously injured......could have been so very much worse.
andymcdonald 7 103 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2011 11:35PM
This is a really, really good image. Perfect prop blur, sharpness and composition.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
14 Jul 2011 8:57AM
A cracking image Pat as always. I was at work at the time when the message came through about it, didn't take long for it to be on YouTube and thus removed for the AAIB procedings. Some things never change. It proved the point of how fast a fighter pilots reactions are to get out and technically freefall to open a chute at under 500feet. Hats off to that guy and how the skyraider did his break on a climb'bank way too early, he forgot the count to 5
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
14 Jul 2011 11:20AM
Nice comp for the loss of this aircraft.

cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
14 Jul 2011 4:06PM
Super image, The Doll will be missed by many, Seeing the wreckage on TV was a sad day for all P51 fans.

The fact that no one was killed is a miracle.....!!!

I doubt they will re-build her.....Sad
14 Jul 2011 10:49PM
Superb image,and a sad day. Luckily and most importantly,the pilot survived .
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 11:30PM
I was there that day. I'm so glad both pilots survived.

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:28PM
As you say Pat, important to bear in mind that both pilots are safe.


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