Sil­ver Dragon chins it­self on the run­way

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & pho­tos: Nigel Hitch­man

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

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