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Old 10-24-2014, 08:31 PM
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Full Scale Big Beautiful Doll belly lands

Pilot does a great job! Minimal damage it appears.........Love the flight suit....


http://www.azfamily.com/video/?id=28...mod&sec=507182




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Old 10-24-2014, 08:47 PM
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He made that look easy.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:04 AM
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textbook was right
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:59 PM
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Thats a complete engine teardown/rebuild and a new prop, sheet metal work, fix landing gear,,, break down of plane to fit in a big box to be put on a flat bed hauled out to the shop,,, shop labor cost plus parts,,, FAA investigation and hope the books are good to go if not there's more $$$ out the window and a new pair of skivies(minimal damage there is a severe underestimation)
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:10 PM
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If you are wealthy enough to own an original P-51 I would say the cost is minimal.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:49 AM
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If you are wealthy enough to own an original P-51 I would say the cost is minimal.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:42 PM
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Good job on not getting hurt or hurting the plane more than he did. Will be expensive
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Old 11-06-2014, 12:02 AM
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And there was me thinking Big Beautiful Doll was utterly destroyed with the wreckage still in storage after a crash at Duxford in 2011.

Nice landing though.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:55 AM
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As a full scale pilot who has alot of time in Stearmens, Cubs of all types and T-6 Texans (and a few flights in the jump seat of a P-51D) I can say that he made an awesome landing. I agree with the above post about cost, the plane looked like it had minimal damage but I can tell you from real life exprience, that was a very costly day that will hurt the wallet of the owner weather he can afford that kind of plane or not. The problem may be the tail section of the plane. He laid on the rear of that plane pretty hard in an attempt I guess to try and save the engine (which will still need to be torn down). If he bent the rear section and popped alot of high stress rivets and knocked the plane out of whack the engine tear down will be the cheap part.

The sad thing is when the investigation is over they will most likley find that a $10.00 part broke and fouled the gear up starting ths change of events. Let that be a lesson to us RC flyers, you buy the best of everything and skimp on one part and that could very well be the downfall of the plane. Most plane issues I have had in the full scale world have been caused by the cheapest parts on the plane to fix.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:50 AM
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And there was me thinking Big Beautiful Doll was utterly destroyed with the wreckage still in storage after a crash at Duxford in 2011.

Nice landing though.
That has to be a replica of the original. Pilot jumped out of it after midair with a sky raider in england. No way that thing could of been rebuilt. But nonetheless that was the best landing I've seen with no gear. Great job to the pilot.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:11 AM
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Beautiful landing. Fantastic. And, yes, very, very expensive.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:56 AM
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The "Big Beautiful Doll" that mid-aired with the Skyraider wasn't the original either. The one that bellied in recently didn't get repainted as BBD until 1992. Interestingly, that was its second gear-up landing and it was written off for scrap after the first one. Maybe it's cursed. There are many instances of multiple Mustangs flying around with the same name. Owners paint them up in any livery they like, thus many of the famous ones get duplicated. For instance here are some examples of currently flying duplicates (chances are, none of them are the originals that flew in WWII):

2 copies of "Petie 2nd": S/N 44-72942 and 44-73140
3 "Old Crow"s: S/N 43-12252, 44-73877, and 44-74774
2 "Slender, Tender, & Tall"s: S/N 44-14777 and 44-74950
2 "Bunnie"s: S/N 44-73683 and 44-63615
2 "Sizzlin' Liz"s: S/N 44-63542 and 44-74458

I had a pic that showed both Petie 2nds parked right next to each other at Airventure, but can't find it right now.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:14 PM
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The duxford doll is history. This one might have to have the fuselage jigged. Run of the mill rebuilds run about 150 grand. Plus the prop.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:34 PM
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Damn that was a smoooooth touch down. great landing
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:16 AM
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