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Friday, May 7, 2010


The locomotive is actually British Rail BR9F 2-10-0 92204 at speed somewhere in the English countryside.

Brett's atmospheric image of the Vulcan depicts the moment the undercarriage of the Vulcan made heavy contact with the runway during an air show for the opening of Rongotai (Wellington) Airport New Zealand in 1959. Despite one main undercarriage leg being non-functional the aircraft returned to Ohakea and landed safely, toppling onto the grass verge at the end of its run. There was a long delay while it was decided whether to scrap it, ship it back by sea, or repair it in situ. In the end, the aircraft was repaired by the RNZAF, who applied RNZAF kiwi roundels in place of the typical RAF roundels (from Wikipedia). Nice one, Brett.

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