March 11, North Weald: Peter Teichman's recently restored Hurricane IIb G-HHII suffered minor damage when landing after a brake seizure. Ending up on its nose, the propeller blades were bent back and there was some minor damage caused to the leading edge of the undercarriage doors.
It was Peter's first flight in the Hurribomber, and he was understandably upset. “After several days of weather-related delays, my first flight involved a departure to the east and transit to the Blackwater where I had loads of fun, looping and gently ‘aerobating’ this wonderful old lady around the sunny Essex skies.
“After stalls, low-speed manoeuvres and getting comfortable with the flight envelope and flying characteristics, I returned to North Weald. The undercarriage came down snappily; flaps and downwind checks all text book, as was the following curving approach to runway 20 in a light westerly wind. The speed was spot on, as was the three-point touchdown right on the numbers. At that point, just as the mainwheels touched, I knew I had a problem as the brakes appeared to be stuck on, causing the aircraft to lurch forward – in spite of my best efforts to keep the stick back, she gently nosed over and came to rest on the prop.
“Clearly we had a mechanical failure associated with the brake relay system as the skid marks on the runway demonstrate, but I managed to keep her on the centreline and the damage is really pretty minimal. The propeller is trashed and the motor will have to come out for test, but I am fine, and we can fix the plane. The best estimate is that we will be back in the air by June. I am trying to put this down to the rich tapestry of life!”
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