Pitts S1 Special, G-MAXG
The pilot was returning to land on Runway 08 after taking part in an aerobatic competition at the airfield. He decided to land part way down the 3,018 m long runway to avoid a long taxi back to the parking area. He used a sideslip to maintain visibility with the runway and during the flare he removed the sideslip, but became aware too late of his higher than normal rate of descent and the aircraft hit the runway in a three-point attitude. The main landing gear legs absorbed the shock of impact and splayed outwards, allowing the propeller and left aileron spade to strike the runway. The pilot was able to taxi the aircraft back to the parking area and shut down.
Pitts S1 Special, G-MAXG 11-08.pdf (281.66 kb)
Published 10 December 2014