Duxford Dragon Rapide Nose-over

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Duxford Dragon Rapide Nose-over

#1 Post by llondel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:34 pm

Not sure it's supposed to do this...


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Re: Duxford Dragon Rapide Nose-over

#2 Post by llondel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:37 pm

In reporting worthy of the Fail, although to be fair they did blame it on the "witness".
One witness claimed the plane – a de Havilland Dragon Rapide – had either nose-dived or suffered a front wheel failure during landing on Sunday.
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/20/duxford- ... -16855646/

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#3 Post by Pontius Navigator » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:03 pm

Whose was it?

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#4 Post by G-CPTN » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:11 pm

I don't want my son to see this - I took him up with me in this aircraft (long story -nostalgic reason) and he was terrified throughout the flight.

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#5 Post by Boac » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:16 pm

These nose-wheel failures are not unknown.

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#6 Post by PHXPhlyer » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:31 pm

I blame the designers.
They put the nosewheel on the wrong end.

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#7 Post by llondel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:17 pm

Pontius Navigator wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:03 pm
Whose was it?
I assume it's the one flown by Classic Wings at Duxford. I've flown on that.

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#8 Post by llondel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:18 pm

llondel wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:37 pm
In reporting worthy of the Fail, although to be fair they did blame it on the "witness".
One witness claimed the plane – a de Havilland Dragon Rapide – had either nose-dived or suffered a front wheel failure during landing on Sunday.
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/20/duxford- ... -16855646/
OK, the Fail talked to the same witness (or they shared a report).

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#9 Post by llondel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:23 pm

This one's even better:
According to one witness, the plane, a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, ‘nose-dived or the front wheel failed on landing.’

After the incident, which occurred at a July airshow at Duxford Imperial War Museum in Cambridge, firefighters were spotted standing close to the jet.
https://tdpelmedia.com/1930s-bi-plane-c ... as-injured

It has made it to the ASN site too

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/279424

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#10 Post by 4mastacker » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:31 pm

Did any schools/hospitals/nursing homes have a near miss?
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#11 Post by Boac » Thu Jun 23, 2022 7:02 am

Shock/horror - I have just noticed there is no METAR and what is worse, not one of our contributors has asked for one!

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#12 Post by Pontius Navigator » Thu Jun 23, 2022 7:21 am

BOAC should have words with Admin2 about that.

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#13 Post by Boac » Thu Jun 23, 2022 7:37 am

I have - he says don't worry, PN will be along shortly. :))

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#14 Post by Ex-Ascot » Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:54 am

The King's Flight had a Dragon Rapide. Don't know what happened to it.

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#15 Post by Boac » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:01 am

Don't know what happened to it.
Last seen in the USA as NX89DH. No METAR available.

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#16 Post by G-CPTN » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:15 am

My personal nostalgic reason for undertaking the flight in the Duxford Dragon Rapide dates back to about 1948 when my family were at Blackpool.
My father and my older siblings went up in the DR at Blackpool whilst my mother refused and kept me with her, so it was the flight that I never had.
There are family photographs documenting the event which is how I am aware of it.

Many years later I was at Duxford with my son and the opportunity to redeem myself of the flight I never had was unrefusable.

I was surprised that my mature son (well-experienced in commercial airline travel) showed himself to be extremely nervous throughout the flight (I never questioned him as to the reason - but maybe due to the age or small size of the DR).

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