Al­ba­tros D.VA crash lands in Kent...

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The Vin­tage Avi­a­tor Lim­ited (TVAL) – built Al­ba­tros D.VA ZK-TGY was badly dam­aged in an emer­gency land­ing in a field be­tween Pluck­ley and Bethers­den, near Ash­ford, Kent on 15 Septem­ber.

Keith Skilling was re­turn­ing from France where he had made a fly­past and poppy drop along­side a BE2C at the WWI Somme and AN­ZAC com­mem­o­ra­tion at Longue­val, when the replica suf­fered a power loss. Un­for­tu­nately it struck a wire as he touched down and the air­craft turned over, crush­ing its star­board wings, and ended up in­verted. Skilling was re­ported to be un­hurt. Based at Stow Maries WWI air­field, the Al­ba­tros is on loan to the WWI Avi­a­tion Her­itage Trust from the Oliver Wulff Col­lec­tion.

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