During an air display at Foynes something - as yet unknown - happened to the top wing of the aerobatic biplane Dave Bruton was flying and it started to disintegrate.
Onlookers at first thought it was part of the act, then gasped as they heard Dave's 'Mayday' call over the radio.... He had lost over 2/3 of the top fabric surface of the wing along with his pitot and most of the port side aluminium leading edge. ATC responded immediately clearing him to land at Shannon, a few miles to the East, 'Negative... I'm going down' was the reply... Dave had marginal control, buffeting ailerons, major lift loss and massive drag... He considered bailing out but realised he was too low.. a field was his only hope. He found probably the only suitable piece of ground in the area and pulled off what can only be described as a miraculous landing using full power and every ounce of his considerable skill...
The emergency services reacted superbly and were with him in minutes. Fortunately the only assistance he needed was laundry...
Well done Dave... if ever they gave out medals you deserve one for that!
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I witnessed Neil Williams on his aeroibatic display at Biggin Hill 15.05.1965 when he attempted one loop too many in Stampe G-AROZ and impacted with the ground behind the Air Couriers hangar. I amoung hundreds of others attending the Air Fair charged across the 300m of open ground to get a closer look. We were relived to see Neil walking around the mangled remains of the Stampe, apparently uninjured. I managed to get a quick snap of the wreck, but sadly it was slightly out of focus as I had the manual camera set for close shots and in my rush forgot to refocus.
He was very lucky that day.. He wrote a very good article about it afterwards - published in his book 'airborne'
I saw him perform once at Shuttleworth, I was standing on the corner by the little control tower where the 2 runways intersect; he came along the display line from my right in a Bucker Jungmeister, flying knife edge at around 70 ft. He then did 1 and a half flick rolls and turned through 90 degrees to fly away along the other display axis to my left still in Knife edge, still at 70 ft... amazing.
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The DH Humming bird article is particularly poignant, a very good guy I worked with died in that aircraft recently.
Another five foot of air would have made all the difference. The fuselage was doubled in halve with one set of wings wraped round it and the other set sticking up in the air. Neil was extreamly lucky there was no fire and that the impact was only slightly nose down.
I'll have to dig out the photo and send you a copy.
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