Dramatic moment a Spitfire lands without any wheels. This is the nail-biting moment, reminiscent of the Battle of Britain, when a skilled pilot was forced to carry out an emergency landing of his '80% replica Spitfire' - without any WHEELS. The aircraft was flying at Sibson Airfield when the worried pilot radioed airfield bosses to say he couldn't release his landing gear. He asked them if he could make an emergency landing on a grassy area, after burning off fuel. Skydivers jumping at the airfield in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were grounded as the brave pilot circled for more than 20 minutes in a bid to frantically burn fuel.
Emergency services, three fire engines, two police cars and an ambulance, arrived at the scene just as the stunning one-man plane was carefully flown towards the ground in strong winds by the nervous expert. But amazingly he managed to land the replica fighter plane without ANY landing gear - skillfully skimming the aircraft over the grass on its belly. Relieved onlookers said the propeller fell off when it came to a safe stop, and the relieved pilot was completely unharmed. Apart from this broken propeller, the plane also appeared largely undamaged.
The spokesman said the pilot made a "successful belly landing" with the undercarriage retracted. The '80% replica Spitfire' was kept at a private hangar at the airfield, according to a spokesman from a nearby flying school.
Photographer Mark Norman, 44, who was at the airport to film skydivers, said: "It could have been far worse than it was.
"It was very dramatic. I had been here all day filming the skydiving and they shut our operation down so that he could crash.
"He came over the radio to say the wheels just wouldn't come down on it so he had to go round and round and round to get rid of his fuel.
"I can imagine he was feeling a bit nervy. He put the tail end down first and then the rest down and came to a full stop right there.
"It was very impressive."Eyewitnesses said the plane, which is kept in a private hangar at the airfield, got into difficulty at around 11.45am on Saturday.