I was very surprised to note that the props weren’t cupped. Saved beaucoup dollars indeed. Try as I might, and even with an overdose of salt, I couldn’t get this to go down: “But even though the landing gear was down, there were no wheels attached, Gaenicke said”.
At least the nose gear held intact - saved beaucoup dollars on engine and prop damage! A little paint and polish and she’ll be back up in no time!
Yeah, that’ll buff right out!
“But even though the landing gear was down, there were no wheels attached, Gaenicke said”.
I missed that part… actually, I just looked at the picture!
Wow! New tires and they forgot to bolt them on… and then they fell off when the gear went up on takeoff…
Saw a plane last weekend that landed nosewheel first so hard that it knocked the wheel off, then ground to a halt on the nose gear. The pilot claimed that the wheel fell off when he put the gear down and that he was a hero for saving the landing. His claim was significantly weakened when they found the broken wheel on the side of the runway.