Hawker Hurricane 2B, G-HHII
The aircraft tipped forward onto its nose whilst landing on Runway 20 at North Weald. The pilot, who was uninjured, reported that the approach and touchdown in a three-point attitude, were normal. When the mainwheels contacted the runway, the aircraft’s tail lifted uncontrollably, causing the propeller to strike the ground. The pilot was able to maintain the runway centreline. Subsequent inspection of the pneumatically-operated wheel brake system identified a defect in a brake control valve. This had allowed air to leak into the brake activation bags, causing the brakes to be partially applied prior to the landing.
Hawker Hurricane 2B, G-HHII 07-09.pdf (210.81 kb)
An addendum was published regarding this report in the April 2010 Bulletin
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