Last Sea Vixen plane , ‘Foxy Lady’,Bursts Into Flames As It Crashes After Its Landing Gear Failed

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Returning from Duxford Air Show, pilot Cdr. Simon Hargreaves encountered hydraulic problems with XP924 and despite every effort he was unable to lower the undercarriage resulting in having to skillfully execute a wheels up landing. Pilot safe, aircraft yet to be assessed.

 photographed by Mr. Scott Dabinett

The pilot was unharmed after the aircraft, which served in the Royal Navy in the 1960s, did a ‘belly-landing’ on return to its base in Yeovilton.

photographed by Mr. Scott Dabinett

Scott Dabinett, 32, captured incredible photos of the heart-stopping incident, which saw the pilot touchdown without landing gear after flying back from the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire.

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One of a kind: The Sea Vixen was the first British two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier when it achieved Mach speed in a dive during its operational testing phase in the early 1950s. The ‘Foxy Lady’ is the only one still flying today

The Sea Vixen is an unusually configured aircraft that first flew in 1951. It was the first British two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier when it achieved Mach speed in a dive during its operational testing phase in the early 1950’s.

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