Emergency Landing Without Wheels

'Spitfire' pilot made an emergency landing without wheels at Peterborough airport. The aircraft was flying above Sibson Airfield and suddenly the pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he couldn't release his landing gear. The pilot circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to burn fuel. Then he radioed the airport and asked if he could make an emergency landing on a grassy area!

Finally, pilot managed to land the aircraft without wheels - skimming the aircraft over the grass on its belly. Luckily, the pilot was unharmed after the incident and, except a broken propeller, the plane was largely undamaged. Skilled pilot was able to make a relatively soft landing by skimming across the grass without wheels.


The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Alliedcountries before, during and after the World War II. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts, with approximately 53 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.

The Spitfire, renowned for winning victory laurels in the Battle of Britain (1940–1941) along with the Hawker Hurricane, served in every theater of the war and was produced in more variants than any other British aircraft. One of the Spitfire’s most important contributions to Allied victory was as a photo-reconnaissance aircraft from early 1941. Superior high-altitude performance rendered it all but immune from interception, and the fuel tanks that replaced wing-mounted machine guns and ammunition bays gave it sufficient range to probe western Germany from British bases.

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