Marchetti aircraft forced landing after departure fom N Weald 21MAR10

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Surprised no one picked up on this story from yesterday....glad all OK http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/8578999.stm http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/47516000/jpg/_47516512_newimage2.jpg A light aircraft has crashed in a field in Essex but the 49-year-old pilot walked away unhurt, police said. The ambulance service called police to the scene of the crash in the field off Buckhatch Lane, near Rettenden, at lunchtime on Sunday. The area was cordoned off for police to investigate the crash of the Marchetti aircraft which remains in the field. A police spokesman said the pilot had taken off from nearby North Weald airfield in Essex just before landing. The pilot was checked over by ambulance staff at the scene.
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Well he is screwed, took me nigh on 6 months to get an upper nose leg casting out of the factory for one..... he has got more chance of flying without an aircraft than getting spares for it.......
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Canopy became detached and hit the fin - hence the forced landing. This aircraft was the British Air Racing Champion last year and had just been repainted. A pic from when it first came over from the US. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v165/YakRider/NewKid1.jpg
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One beautiful looking plane!:)

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But of course, do you honestly expect anything less from Stelio Frati? I certainly don't, in fact if I hear of a new Frati design I know before I see it that it is going to be beautiful.
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Another SF.260 damaged by "in proper" canopy rigging ?? Mr Frati newest flying design is the Golden Car F.30, please have a look at the following url. http://www.f30fly.com/ regards, Hendrik van der Veen www.siai-marchetti.nl

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I've read a flight test on that little beauty and apparently it flies as good as it looks.
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YakRider.Is it the same as auto and motorcycle racing, whereby only a reigning champion can use the No 1 ? Couple of photos from North Weald April 09 same aircraft taking off to win the air race ! Keith. http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/air%20race%20nw/DSC_0128.jpg http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/air%20race%20nw/DSC_0156.jpg
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That second pic is a beaut Keith :D

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All pics of SF260's in flight are good pics. Can you tell I have a soft spot for the type?
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Here you are then Mike Circa 1983 in zimbabwe - locally converted turbo prop SF260 with Hawk T60 http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/vv316/volvosmoker/zimbabwe/img015.jpg the SF260 could exceed its vne in the climb !!

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Why does that not surprise me? A slippery little thing.

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The Turbine version made what i thought a great appearance in Quantom of Solace! :D The SF260 has been around for a long time now, but its design is kinda timeless isnt it? Looks as modern now as it did, what 30yrs ago??
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Yes a lovely little a/c,shame the RAF never got them - I believe that they wanted them but got bulldogs instead !! The zimbabwe tp260 was a local conversion and (certainly at that time) the airframe had not been updated which is why it could exceed vne during the climb...I sometimes wonder what happened to it ??
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I was using 'it' for that particular a/c,it had a turboprop engine fitted as a local mod. The other Genets at that time (1983) all had the original engine
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That old thread should please Mike Currill!:)
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Number One Keith Correct. The reigning air race champion each year uses the Race Number 1. People can choose their own numbers. The Bulldog I fly is Race 44.
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YakRider. Thank you for that confirmation. For you my only photo of race 44 ... Keith. http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii58/keithnewsome/air%20race%20nw/DSC_0091.jpg

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That old thread should please Mike Currill!:)
You know me too well:D To my way of thinking the 260 is the aircraft the Bulldog could have been with disappearing legs.