Silver Dragon chins itself on the runway
The colourful Douglas A-26B Invader N99420 Silver Dragon owned by Tim Savage of A26 Invader LLC, at Huntington, IN had a singularly unfortunate visit to Oshkosh. While on a local flight from Oshkosh on the Tuesday evening, the crew found that the nosewheel would not extend fully as it returned to land. They carried out a missed approach, and after various attempts to sort out the problem with no success they brought the A-26 in with the main wheels down but the nosewheel only partially extended. A textbook landing was made and, with the engines shut down on making contact with the runway, the aircraft skidded to a halt on its nose. A small fire broke out beneath the cockpit and the crew quickly evacuated the Invader. A few days later the aircraft was seen in the Basler maintenance area, back on all three wheels and with the nose panels removed, at the start of the process to get it back to flying condition.
Purchased in 2014, A26 Invader LLC had the aircraft painted to represent an aircraft of the 386th Bomb group in WWII. It made its public debut at the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ flypast over Washington DC in May 2015.
Right: obvious sign that something wasn’t right... Below: ... and the consequence of the nosewheel failure